Getting to know Alyson Mekinda through the Proust personality questionnaire
Alyson Mekinda, a third-year Early Childhood Education major from Painesville, Ohio has always had a passion for learning. The realization that children are our most powerful agents of change sparked her passion for teaching. This year will be her third as secretary of the Ohio Student Education Association at Ohio State.
What is your current state of mind?
Excitement about what I’m heading toward, but anxiety about the job search that stands between me and teaching.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A sense of purpose and being surrounded by people who support me and my purpose.
What is your greatest fear?
Butterflies in a butterfly house — there’s something about so many bugs in too small a space.
What is your favorite journey?
Backpacking across Australia and New Zealand with Ohio State’s Recreational Sports program. My horse broke my ankle when he fell, but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying an amazing trip.
Which living person do you most admire?
Jahana Hayes – a teacher who cares so deeply for her students, she became a congresswoman to improve the world for them.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Every time I see a child use something they learned from me to grow.
What do you most value in your friends?
An appreciation for friendship bracelets.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
The summer camp where I worked, the campers I worked for and the staff I worked with.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Moderation — I believe if something is worth doing, it’s worth giving your all and then some.
What is your motto?
Take a break and drink some water.