Kidron Stamper had big plans when he graduated from Ontario High School in 2016. He originally intended to go to school in southern Ohio to play baseball at a private college. However, a torn rotator cuff changed all of that. The Mansfield native decided to stay at home and go to The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Stamper originally saw the change in plans as a negative, now however, he believes the injury changed the course of his life in a very positive way.
“It wasn’t my original plan to be at Ohio State Mansfield,” said Stamper. “I was a three sport athlete in high school, and athletics was everything to me. But, it didn’t take long for me to realize that this is exactly where I was supposed to be.”
Stamper initially got involved on campus by playing intramural sports and made many good friends. He also found that there were many amazing academic opportunities because he was a student at Ohio State.
“I started working on research projects in psychology with Dr. Amy Brunell,” said Stamper. “She studies narcissism. It’s fascinating research. In Mansfield, you can get involved with research as a freshman. Just sitting in a psychology class didn’t convince me that I love psychology, but doing the hands-on research helped me figure that out.”
The 20-year-old decided to major in psychology, a degree he could complete in Mansfield. “I just couldn’t bring myself to leave,” said Stamper. “The Mansfield campus is my home, and I love it here.”
Stamper is also involved with Awakening, a Christian student organization on campus, and holds a position as a junior admissions counselor in the Mansfield Campus Enrollment Office.
“I want to be a lobbyist someday,” said Stamper. “I don’t know what path I’ll take to get there yet. Law school may be next for me.”
Stamper was recently selected to serve as the student representative on the Mansfield Campus Board for the 2018-19 school year. The Mansfield Board assists the dean and director in many areas including promoting campus priorities, maintain key relationships with external constituencies, and serving as an advocate for the campus and the university was the state legislature and state and local agencies. As a student member, Stamper will serve on the Mansfield Board’s Student Experience Committee which monitors services provided to students to ensure they are in line with established priorities and strategies and consistent with Ohio State Mansfield guidelines. He will also advise the board on student life matters.
“There are so many ways to get involved, learn and grow at Ohio State Mansfield,” said Stamper. “I really can’t say enough about the Ohio State experience in Mansfield.”
Stamper starts his term on the Mansfield Board on July 1.
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