Faces of Cincy State: Jillian Gavigan

Student Clubs and Organizations Made the Experience

I chose to attend Cincinnati State because of the opportunities I would have. Since the class sizes are much smaller than a 4-year college, I have received much more one-on-one attention from the professors and always have an opportunity to ask questions. I also loved the atmosphere of the college and how easy the campus was to navigate when I toured campus.

As a second-year student in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology program, I completed my first semester of fieldwork at the McKie Cincinnati Recreation Commission location working with children ages 5-12. In summer, I will be working in a mental health setting in the Cincinnati area for more fieldwork experience.

My favorite part of being a Cincinnati State student is how easy it is to get involved with other students through clubs. In my first year, I was the chair of the service committee and the outreach committee for the Honors Club. I was able to plan events, parties, and meet so many different people. I also joined Phi Theta Kappa, the student honor society. At the beginning of my second year, I became the President of the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Club (SOTA).

There are many different clubs and ways to get involved with other students on campus. Being an involved student on campus has made my experience at Cincinnati State so incredible. Through my involvements in different clubs, I have made many new friends, and continued to build relationships with my professors.

Clubs aren’t just involved in the Cincinnati State community– they affect the Greater Cincinnati community as well. Club activities make a difference through service projects.

Students who are interested in Cincinnati State should know there are many benefits to attending a smaller school. It is a less intimidating environment, and with many ways to get involved and meet people without living on campus. It’s also a great feeling to have all of your professors and classmates know you by name.

Cincinnati State has made me feel valued and welcomed throughout my time here, and I highly recommend visiting to see for yourself!

After I graduate, my goal is to gain some experience working as an occupational therapy assistant and possibly continue my education in occupational therapy to earn my master’s degree.

I am from West Chester, Ohio, and I graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 2019. In my free time, I play acoustic music at restaurants around Cincinnati and spend time writing and recording with my band, The Wonderlands.

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