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The Marietta Effect

Leyna Chovan

Leyna Chovan ’12

Major: Broadcasting

Minor: Journalism

Current Job: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Akron

Hometown: North Canton, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: WCMO-TV, WMRT-FM, McDonough Leadership

Favorite Professor: Dr. Janet Bland and Marilee Morrow

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

Honestly, as soon as we drove up to campus, I knew Marietta was the right school for me. I was pretty sure I wanted a small school in a rural setting not too far from home, and after taking a tour I knew I would end up at Marietta.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I loved the boys basketball games my senior year (2011-12 season). A lot of my friends were on the team, and to know how hard they worked and to see them succeed at the level they did was awesome. I loved when we’d all chant, “I believe that we will win” at all the home games, we all got so into it.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I didn’t know it at the time, but there is a definite difference in the pace of life between Marietta and where I am originally from. Life at Marietta is much slower than the northeast Ohio lifestyle that I am used to, and I believe that helped me to ease into the transition from high school to college, and help me not be so afraid of the transition from college to adulthood. I know people say it all the time, but being at such a small school really was like having a family. We share memories such as mashed potato bowls from Gilman and sunny days on Parsons Field with no one else in the world except each other. When I think back, there really weren’t any cliques. Everyone was open and eager to meeting new people and making new friends. That is without at doubt what I miss most about Marietta College.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

"I often find myself comparing my experience at Marietta College to the experiences my students are having at a larger institution. My students are primarily freshman, and I know that my freshman year at MC was positively impacted by my interactions with my instructors. I try to show my students that same personal interest so that they know they have someone who is excited to see them grow and succeed not only as students, but also as young adults."

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

A Pioneer creates, develops, and/or takes the initiative to start something new. Marietta challenged us to think outside of the box about things that have never been done before. Whether taking on a difficult Biology experiment, implementing a new advertising campaign for a fundraiser, or starting new sorority traditions, Marietta taught us that as life changes, we need to be on top of those changes and use them to better ourselves and whatever we decide to have in our lives.