Columbus, Ohio – Eager to succeed, wanting to be the best, striving to impact others, those are just a couple of traits that have allowed Cheyenne Meek to graduate in three years, earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors and accomplish a number of other spectacular feats during her first three and a half years in Columbus.
When the opportunity to take post-secondary credits during the latter part of her high school career came about at Port Clinton High School, Meek jumped all over the chance to be challenged academically. Little did she know at the time, but those post-secondary credits would allow her to graduate early in three years and get accepted into a master’s program.
“Those post-secondary credits at my high school were the most challenging courses available, so I took them to get prepared for college,” Meek said. “Now that I’ve graduated in three years, I’m getting my master’s of public administration.
“It’s been a drastic transition from my undergrad just because it’s in a field that I’m not so used to. It’s a challenge, but I like it. Ohio State is a really big university, but in grad school, it’s a lot smaller of a class, so I enjoy getting to know my classmates.”
Already having a head start on credits, the Port Clinton, Ohio, native wasted no time getting into the world of internships. Immediately after her first year on campus, Meek interned with Bucks Go Pro.
“That really set me up well to get internships in the future,” the senior swimmer noted. “It was a really fun experience and it made me look deeper into what I wanted to pursue as a career. I moved onto Ohio State marketing, which was writing, and it got me into advancement where a lot of my colleagues are now.”
Having completed a number of professional internships with the Ohio State athletics communications office, the Ohio State University marketing wing, the Ohio State office of commencement and special events, and serving as a volunteer engagement intern with the United Way of Central Ohio, Meek has started to narrow down on which career path she wants to take once her swimming career comes to a close.
“I know I want to do something with higher education,” Meek noted. “I love learning. I love being in an environment where everyone is researching or working on grant proposals. I really like higher education and how everyone is here to gain as much knowledge as they can to help the world.”
Growing up in a Scarlet and Gray family, Meek always had her dreams set on coming to Columbus and being a member of The Ohio State University.
“I loved Ohio State from the time I was little,” the freestyler noted. “Once I got here, just being in this environment has made me love it even more. Just what it means to be a Buckeye, with the tradition, the excellence, the people.
“All of those things give me a passion to be here. There are so many great people here doing so many amazing things, and to be a part of that is phenomenal. That’s why I love being a Buckeye so much.”
Reflecting on what allows herself to keep going and reaching for new heights, Meek opened up to what motivates her.
“At the end of the day, when I think about life, I want to be the best I can be at everything I set my mind to,” the scholar noted. “I’m just trying to be the best swimmer, the best scholar. When I wake up every morning, I want to be the best the best I can be, so that way I can go out and help others be the best they can be.”
In 2016, Meek was named Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award recipient as a sophomore, and she followed that up with Academic All-Big Ten honors as a junior while also earning the Joseph S. Myers Award from the Ohio State School of Communication; the Joseph S. Myers Award goes to the top graduating senior in the communications program. In the pool, Meek closed out the fall of 2017 with a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle at the Total Performance Invitational with a readout of 22.80.