This week, as we countdown to the 171st Commencement ceremony honoring the Class of 2021 on Saturday, May 15, we asked a few of our graduating seniors to reflect on their time on the Hill. All week, we have heard from members of the Class of 2021 as they reflect on the transformative experiences they had at Hiram College and what they learned about themselves along the way.
Parker Emerine from Newark, Ohio, heard about Hiram from father and aunt, both of whom had attended the College themselves. Parker is a student in the School of Education, Civic Leadership and Social Change, majoring in educational studies and minoring in management and sport management, and also played on the Hiram Terriers baseball team.
Why did you choose a major in educational studies?
Initially, I hadn’t even thought about being an education major. I had planned on being a marketing major. However, once I took my first education class, I absolutely loved it. I’ve always wanted to help others in any way possible, and what better way to do it than by teaching the younger generations?
Who were some of your favorite professors?
My favorite professors were Kelly NewVine (assistant professor of education) and Roxanne Sorrick (professor of education and head of teacher education). Professors NewVine and Sorrick helped me tremendously, both academically and personally. From their teaching styles, to how approachable they are as professors and as people, I enjoyed every class I had with either of them.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be attending Ohio Dominican University to pursue my Master of Science degree in sport management. My life goals professionally are being a high school athletic director and baseball coach, that way I can still be around athletics and still have a positive impact on adolescents.
Personally, my goals are to continue to be a good person and spread love and positivity in every way possible, and help others in any way that I can.
What did you learn about yourself during your time at Hiram?
I learned quite a bit throughout my time here at Hiram, however the most important thing I learned at my time here at Hiram was the importance of mental health. I learned that it’s OK to not be OK all the time. It’s OK to need love and support from others, especially when you’re not feeling like yourself. During my time here at Hiram, my mental health was tested quite a bit with the passing of two of my good friends, my brother, and my grandfather. The grieving and the healing process was tough, but with the love and support from my friends and family and the Hiram community, they made it easier. They helped me realize the importance of my mental health and how to address any problems. Since then, I started taking mental health way more seriously. It’s what holds everything together.