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Congratulations and thank you Class of 2020 graduates

2020 GraduatesCongratulations to Class of 2020 graduating seniors Bella Caruso, Mathew Clement, Emma Cline, Delaney Morphew and Julia Phillips. Through their work with international partnerships, Fulbright, communications and the reception area in the Office of International Affairs, these five Buckeyes advanced internationalization efforts at Ohio State. We appreciate their commitment, hard work and dedication and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

An international studies major and Russian minor graduating in May, Bella Caruso started working for the International Partnerships and Fulbright Program units in January 2019.

Bella appreciated the focus on professional and personal development that was encouraged by her supervisors. "I learned to never be embarrassed to ask questions when you have them. And also to embrace constructive criticism because the growth that comes from it is exponential."

After graduation, Bella is headed to earn her Master's Degree in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queens University in Belfast. Her interest in this academic study was partially inspired by her experience studying abroad at Tel Aviv University in Summer 2019.

A chemical engineering major graduating in May, Mathew Clement started working for the Office of International Affairs in January 2017. He supported the International Partnerships and Fulbright Program units in the office.

"OIA was a crucial part of my professional development. My role over the past three years has provided me with essential skills like attention to detail, professional communication, and leadership which cannot be taught in classrooms. I am very grateful for this opportunity to be a part of an amazing team and I am confident that the experience I gained from OIA has prepared me well for the future," reflects Mathew.

After graduation he will join Niagara Bottling here in Columbus as a MIS Solutions Engineer.

A strategic communications major graduating in May, Emma Cline interned with the communications team in the Office of International Affairs this semester. Emma wrote for our website, posted content to a new website, created social posts and helped with signature events.

“I have had an incredible experience interning at OIA. Although my time with them was short, the impact they have had on me is huge. I not only gained experience that will be used in my future career, but I was able to learn more about other cultures through my work and events like Taste of OSU,” reflects Emma.

After graduation Emma is joining First & Main of Lewis Center as a lifestyles coordinator.

An international studies major from Waterville, Ohio, Julia Phillips worked the reception desk in Enarson for parts of her junior and senior years.

"My coworkers were the best part of working at OIA. Celeste and Suzanne are so welcoming. It was like having two moms while away from home, them always checking in on me and Suzanne always feeding me! It was nice to talk about my student experiences with the other student workers there as well; we all shared advice about navigating Ohio State and about how we were preparing for the future," reflects Julia.

"On another note, I enjoyed my interactions with the international students who came into OIA. There are students from countries all over the world that come to study and/or conduct research at Ohio State, helping us to achieve our maximum excellence. For that, I am grateful."

Julia kept busy outside of the classroom as a 4-year defender on the OSU Women's Club Ice Hockey team. After graduation she is moving to Chicago, Illinois and will be pursuing careers with the government at a state or federal level.

An international studies major and Russian minor graduating in May, Delaney Morphew started working for the International Partnerships and Fulbright Program units in the Office of International Affairs in May 2019.

"I enjoyed working at OIA because I felt there was a strong family environment among the student workers and [our supervisors] Joanna and Margo. I felt that I was cared for as a student, but there was room for my professional growth," says Delaney. "I always enjoyed coming to work and working as a team!"

Delaney learned to own up to any mistakes she made and to ask for help. "If you mess up it’s OK! Most things can be fixed, and it is better to inform someone of a mistake instead of pretending it did not happen. Ask for help if you do not understand something and always double-check your work!"

"I really appreciated the time I spent working in OIA. I regret not getting to say goodbye to everyone due to COVID-19," reflects Delaney.