Rich also has had the opportunity to gain experience working at the Mazza Museum on campus. “On my very first day working at the Mazza Museum, I got to handle original artwork. That’s something I wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else,” said Rich.
The museum houses nearly 8,000 original works of art from children’s picture books. Through working at the museum, Rich is learning about how to manage art from people who work in the industry, and she has opportunities to meet the authors and artists whose work appears in the museum.
Rich credits her family (specifically her mother), friends, a resident assistant and several University faculty and staff members with helping her remain in college.
“My professors were genuinely interested and wanted me to do well,” she said.
In addition to finding her niche in the art program, Rich became involved on campus in the Technology and Gaming Club and even served as president. She also has been involved with Revive, Tuesday Night Bible Study with the Drapers and some other activities through Campus Ministry. In addition, Rich is a DJ for, the University’s radio station.
Rich encourages other students to be open to changing majors, going to counseling and meeting with academic advisers. She also points out that there are many opportunities at Findlay to get involved and make friends: “You just have to go out there and do it! And, like my mother said, take it day by day and put those ‘big girl pants’ on!”
Rich plans to graduate in 2013.