Stefanie Orians grew up in Carey, Ohio. When she graduated from high school, she didn't know what she wanted to do or where she wanted to go to college.
During the summer after graduation, she worked full time in a factory and hated every minute of it. It was hot, boring and she was miserable. She still didn't know exactly what career she wanted to pursue, but she definitely knew what she didn't want to do.
Orians attended Owens Community College in the fall of 1999. During her first semester, she took a student worker position in the Enrollment Services Department.
"Owens is a great place to decide what you want to do professionally. I had the option to get a degree or transfer to a university to complete my degree. The flexibility gave me time to figure out what I wanted," said Orians.
She discovered she liked working in business thanks to her position as a student worker and decided to go into Office Administration. During her last semester as a student at Owens, she accepted the receptionist position in the Enrollment Services Department. She was working full time and attending school full time. Most days she was at Owens from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Despite being at Owens so much, she loved spending time there.
"I loved working and going to school at Owens. Everyone on the Findlay campus is a family. We are a tight knit community and we really know our students on a one-on-one basis," said Orians.
After she graduated in 2001, she transferred to the University of Findlay to get her bachelor's degree in human resource management. She continued to work at Owens during that time.
Orians was recently promoted to an Enrollment Services Representative. This will be her first week on the job and she will be in charge of recruiting and advising students. She will be responsible for recruiting from over 60 high schools across multiple counties in Ohio.
"For me, choosing Owens was a life-changing event. I came fresh out of high school and the people there helped me to become the person I am today. I learned how to work hard, to serve the community and to serve the students. I feel like I have grown up with Owens."