April 25, 2020 at 10:30 am

Happy Beginnings | Demi Reed Chose Option 3: Mozambique with the Peace Corps

Demi Reed celebrates a mini-golf hole in one, maybe a metaphor for her future success.

Demi Reed celebrates a mini-golf hole in one, maybe a metaphor for her future success.

Editor’s Note: The Happy Beginnings series features recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are getting started in careers, graduate school and service.

By Demi Reed ’20
Ohio University – Forensic Chemistry Major

As a graduating senior, I had several options available to me after graduation: 1) I could go to graduate or professional school, 2) go into the workforce, or 3) do something completely unexpected.

I chose option 3 and applied to the Peace Corps.

Demi Reed sunny portrait

Demi Reed with a sunny attitude.

Honestly, I did not expect to receive an interview, let alone a position, so when I got both I was surprised and thoroughly unprepared. I had never been to Africa. The last time I spoke a different language was high school, and I was committing to two years of pure service.

As a woman graduating with a Forensic Chemistry degree taking a position teaching high school science in Africa, my family and friends were shocked to say the least. It did not seem like the correct or likely route for someone like me—that is until you look at my past experiences.

I was an intern at COSI helping with writing and teaching science to school kids. I am a teaching assistant for chemistry labs, grading and lecturing weekly. And I managed to do a study abroad in Northern Ireland during my time at OHIO. Directly and indirectly, I have been preparing myself, through a variety of different experiences to commit to the Peace Corps.

Demi Reed, portrait

Demi Reed

I am so blessed and thankful for the opportunities and education I have gotten here. OU has prepared me for the next step of my life and has motivated me for such a commitment. The next two years in the Peace Corps will be full of new people, new experiences, and new challenges!

Even though I am not sure what the exact path will be for me after my time as a volunteer, I know I will be prepared because of my time at OU. I will never forget OU and all the memories I made here, but I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me in Mozambique, Africa.

Demi Reed, ready for her next steps, in a professional suit.

Demi Reed, ready for her next steps.

About Demi Reed: In addition to a major in Forensic Chemistry, she also earned a minor in Biological Sciences and a Certificate in Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies. She was active on campus, serving as treasurer of Alpha Chi Sigma and Ohio University Women’s Rugby and president of Delta Delta Epsilon.

Demi Reed in the lab, full gown, face mask and gloves.

Demi Reed in the lab.


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