Q. What is your background coming to work here at OSU CoD?
“So, I am originally from Tennessee. I was born and raised there in a tiny town outside of Nashville. I tell people I’m from Nashville, it’s a lie. My town had seven red lights, one middle school, one high school, so it was very small. In high school, I worked at the Shaved Ice Shack. It was probably one of my best achievements in life. Then I graduated in 2011 and went to Belmont University, which is actually in Nashville. So there is some truth to my claim. [Chuckles] Studied neuroscience as my major and then I had a dance minor. [“What?!”] I know! Liberal arts education at its finest. Loved it. I loved Belmont, I loved what I studied. Our dance program was really cool so we got to have a lot of fun with that. It was great. Graduated in 2015 and also got engaged in 2015 which was exciting. Then I worked for my sorority for a year, Phi Mu. I traveled as a chapter consultant for them, which meant I worked remotely in lots of different states. I made about 17 chapter visits over the course of the year but I worked with a chapter in California. So I worked in LA for a semester, New Brunswick, New Jersey at Rutgers for a semester, and then all year long I was also working with our chapter at the University of Houston in Texas. So I was all over the place there. I loved it. It was very challenging, very very fun, and very rewarding. Then that contract ended in 2016, I moved to The Great State of Ohio—Praise! I made it!—because my then fiancé moved up here after he graduated from college in 2014. So then I met him up here. I tell people that he drives me by my pony tail kicking and screaming which is pretty much the truth because I had no idea what was in Columbus that was so intriguing. [Chuckles] Then we got married that summer and I started here in July of that year, so 2016. My two year College of Dentistry anniversary is coming up, which is crazy to me. Since being here we have bought a house—so we’re apparently staying here for a while—and got our precious puppy, Bumble. Evan’s in law school now, and I am just, you know, thriving.”
-Lauryn Betterton (Student Affairs Specialist)