Meet Student Employee Scholarship Recipient Blade Mitchell

A portrait of Blade Mitchell. He has his hand on his chin and is looking to the right.

As a student security supervisor, Blade Mitchell has developed skills that will serve him beyond his time at The Ohio State University. Working for University Libraries has provided Mitchell with new experiences and opportunities. We interviewed Mitchell, one of nine recipients of the 2022 University Libraries Student Employee Scholarship, about himself, his work experience and his advice to other students. 


Tell us a bit about yourself!  

My name is Blade Mitchell, and I am a second year political science major and history minor. I am involved in the Humanities Scholars program and the Ohio State Pistol Club. I come from Newcomerstown, OH.  


What initially drew you to working with University Libraries as a student employee? 

I really wanted an on-campus job so that I would be within walking distance of both my home and my classes. This was a must for me while attending Ohio State, and this job has met those needs completely.  


What is something you’ve learned by working for University Libraries? 

Working for University Libraries has significantly improved both my communication skills and my leadership skills. These are skills that I believe are necessary to succeed in life even after my time here at Ohio State, so I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to improve them through my job.  


How will this scholarship impact your time as a student at Ohio State? 

This scholarship will be incredibly helpful as I am a student who has faced many challenges financially. This will allow me to focus more on my education rather than how to pay for it. I am extremely grateful as this will get rid of some of my burdens while attending Ohio State.  


What would you say to other students who are considering working for University Libraries? 

I would absolutely suggest applying. Not only is it on campus for easy access, but the experience and opportunities are incredible. I am very glad that I applied to work for University Libraries.