Taryn Cailene Lowes
"It ended up being an amazing experience, and I made some of my best friends, who I have been able to make many more memories with."
Who can join? Why join?
16xOSU is open to all majors. It started as Enactus, a club for business students, but we learned that we could be much more effective with our projects by working with students from all majors. This year is our launch of 16xOSU, which is a social entrepreneurship club for all students.
How did you get involved?
When I attended START my freshman year, Sandy Neubaum gave a presentation about the Austin Entrepreneurship Program and what was then Enactus. She spoke about students who loved to give back to the community and use their skills to make amazing things happen. She said students were given the opportunity to work locally as well as abroad. It sounded like the perfect fit. Once school started, I attended the info session and have been involved ever since.
What is your best memory?
The winter break trip to Nicaragua my freshman year was amazing. It was my first time traveling outside the country. I was traveling with people I had only known for a few weeks and was a little nervous. It ended up being an amazing experience, and I made some of my best friends, who I have been able to make many more memories with.
What is the community like?
The members of 16xOSU aren’t people you see once a month and only say hello. They are family. We see each other every week and are always talking about what we are doing — not just in school, but also in life. We encourage each other and are always pushing each other to reach our highest potential.
When did you first feel a sense of belonging on campus?
After my trip to Nicaragua, I found that I had truly found my family on campus.
How have you grown from being involved?
I have made connections all across the United States as well as around the world.