The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Finding her own place

First-year student Gretchen Albrecht taps into the Buckeye community.

Gretchen Albrecht

Gretchen Albrecht played varsity basketball in high school and considered choosing a Division III college to continue in her sport at the next level. Then she visited Ohio State.

“No other college after Ohio State really compared to here,” said the first-year student from Cleveland.

An actuarial science major, Albrecht has shifted gears as a Buckeye, choosing academic and service groups over organized sports in her first year on campus. She is active in the Actuarial Science Club, CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes + Actions to Recreate Girls) and Student-Alumni Council.

“I’m finding my own place at Ohio State,” said Albrecht, who is benefiting from a $2,000 scholarship from the OSU Alumni Club of Greater Cleveland. “I love being part of the Buckeye community.”

What prompted you to join Student-Alumni Council?

I wanted to get involved in an organization that really represented Ohio State. It sounded like a student council, but it’s been so much more than what I ever could’ve hoped for.

What activities does the group sponsor?

We put on the Homecoming Pep Rally. We put on a program called Dinner for 12 Buckeyes, where six current students and six alumni sit at a table together, eat dinner and have an opportunity to talk.

We’re trying to start a new tradition on campus — the Buck-i-Run, a 5k glow run — where Buckeyes past and present get to run around campus and experience all of Ohio State with others who have gone here.

Another program we just launched this year is Buckeye Pen Pals, which is open to all students —not just SAC — and we match students and alumni with similar interests and majors.

Do you have a Buckeye pen pal?

Yes, he’s an actuary for State Farm (Insurance) in Illinois. We email every week. He tells me about being an actuary and about being a university host and the honoraries he was in at Ohio State. I can ask him advice. But it’s also like having a professional contact.

What made you decide to major in actuarial science?

I always knew I wanted to do something related to math, and the opportunities within this field seemed to be growing, so it sparked my interest.

How has the scholarship from the OSU Alumni Club of Greater Cleveland helped you?

Being a scholarship recipient was a big deal for me. It’s made it more affordable, and I’m very grateful for that. It helped me fulfill a lot of what I wanted to do here.

Looking back at your first year of college, what have you enjoyed the most?

Definitely the football games and singing “Carmen Ohio” at the end, meeting people through SAC, sitting on the Oval.