College was never an option for me. It was always a certainty. My parents, who never obtained degrees, had always encouraged me to make something out of myself. Therefore, I am not only attending college for myself but also for my parents and younger brother. College has not only been a privilege for me but it has also helped me find out who I am. Being b-racial, half-Mexican and half-White, I never knew how to identify. All my dad’s side of the family lives in Mexico and I am not fluent in Spanish; therefore, I never felt that I could identify as Mexican. My mom’s side of the family does not communicate or keep in touch; therefore, I never felt as if I could identify as White. I did not have the privilege of growing up and going to school in a diverse place. Thus, I felt as if I was the only biracial person on the whole planet and that there was not anybody else who identified themselves as I had. I did not let this stop me from feeling proud of my heritage though. Once I arrived on the campus of The Ohio State University, I had made it my goal to become involved in Latino group in which I could thrive and grow with others who similarly identified as Hispanic. I discovered a student organization called Latino Student Association (LSA). I was also accepted into a group I had applied to be a part of before I came to campus called Latino Leadership Development Institute (LLDI). Both groups had made my first two years of undergrad at OSU memorable and much more enjoyable. During my first semester of my first year or college I had a very hard time adjusting to my new lifestyle due to homesickness. I would go home every weekend because I couldn’t bear to stay on campus during the weekends. But, I found people I could finally identified with through these two Latino groups. I have broadened my involvement with the Latino community at OSU. I have been involved with the University-wide Council of Latino Organizations (UCLO) and Alpha Psi Lambda (APsi). I pledged APsi during the Spring ’17 semester. Through APsi, I have finally earned that big Latino family that I never had the privilege of having. I decided to be involved with the Latino community because I wanted to give back to a community that has given so much. I am both privileged and happy that I could finally see that I am certainly not the only biracial person in the world and I have learned how to embrace both my Mexican and White heritages through these groups at OSU. I am proud to say that I am one of many who make up the 4% of Latinos at OSU.
Human Development and Family Science & Spanish| The Ohio State University Class of 2018
Latino Student Association| President
Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. -Alpha Chapter| Member
Student Associate| Multicultural Center
It has been such a privilege to receive a scholarship from ECHHO throughout the last several years. Through generous support from organizations such as ECHHO, I have been able to focus diligently and excel in my studies. Now, after four years at the Ohio State University, I have graduated with a double degree in Psychology and Italian with a minor in Spanish. I am certain that my course of studies as well as my future professional goals have been fundamentally shaped by my experience as a Hispanic-American woman living in the United States and I feel proud to be a part of so many wonderful communities. Financial support from organizations such as ECHHO has allowed me to graduate Magna Cum Laude, push myself academically, and has ultimately allowed me to pursue out-of-state internship and job possibilities. I would like to remind students to have faith in their ability to pursue higher goals and to know that the key to success is often failing many times. Have confidence in yourself and know that there are other individuals, and organizations, that are rooting for you too.
Ana Medina Fetterman
The Ohio State University B.A. in Psychology - 2017
Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Research Assistant