The Marietta Effect
Kyle Yoho '12
Minor: Political Science
Additional Education: Pursuing Masters in Public History, Wright State University, Graduating May, 2014.
Hometown: Woodsfield, Ohio
Clubs/Organizations: Public History Professionals (member), Ohio Local History Alliance (member), Army of the Ohio Reenacting Organization (Board Member)
Favorite Professor: Dr. James O’Donnell
When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?
I realized Marietta College was the right school for me in my FYSE class taught by Dr. Michael Tager. The fact that he knew everyone’s name in the class, served as our advisor for our first semester despite the class having assorted majors, and that he encouraged us to let him know if we needed anything at all showed that the faculty was actively engaged in helping the College’s students and wanted us to do well.
Favorite Marietta moment?
My favorite moment at Marietta was actually graduation. The reason is not because I finally made it through those four years, but because it was at that point I realized what I had just accomplished. To finally hold that degree in my hand, which I had worked so hard for was a bittersweet moment. On the one hand, I was closing that chapter of my life, but it was odd that I wouldn’t be coming back in the spring and seeing all my friends.
Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.
During my time at Marietta there was this sense of community. If you were walking on The Christy Mall it was more than likely that you would see someone you knew. What is so great about Marietta is it wasn’t just classmates who you got to know, but it was also faculty and staff. This is something truly special and something that doesn’t often happen at other schools. Another feature of Marietta that has stuck out to me is the accessibility. In terms of most of the campus buildings being located directly along the Mall, registering for classes, popping in to ask professors a question, and working with administrative services Marietta was very accessible for its students.
What impact did Marietta College have on your career?
Marietta’s landscape is filled with history both in its rich heritage and its physical reminders of the past. I think this influence has led me to pursue a career within the public history field. Digging up interesting and meaningful stories to illuminate the fascinating persons, places, or events of the past, like those from within the College’s history, as well as those from the city of Marietta, is what has motivated me to work within a museum setting.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer?
Perhaps most meaningful about being a Pioneer is the strong bond that lasts, even after you graduate, between the friends you made during your time there; be it through social media, texting, phone calls, or letters you still communicate with many of the people you met at Marietta. Also, I would say being a Pioneer comes with a certain sense of pride. I won’t say that I loved every minute of my College years, but it’s those good times that you think back to the most and make you proud to have a little of the “Navy Blue and White” coursing through your veins.