Through her internship with the Ohio College Access Network, Dessa gained valuable exposure to the field of education and professionals within the field. Dessa poses at the annual Ohio College Access and Success conference with OSU President Gordon Gee.

Cause: Dessa found herself surprised and upset by the disparity she saw between her college preparation and knowledge of college, and her ability to finance her education.

Effect: Throughout college, Dessa made the most of her experience and observation by seeking out opportunities to learn more about the education system in Ohio, and to help her figure out where in the education field her passion and talents can make the most difference for other students.