Rider Gets Ahead At Wright State

ST. MARYS — Roughrider Marissa Schrolucke will have several college classes under her belt by the time she graduates in May.

Schrolucke, 18, participates in the post-secondary program offered between Wright State University Lake Campus and Memorial High School.

“Since I’m a senior, I come here in the afternoons for classes, just because that’s the minimum I need to play sports and do other stuff here, and they pay for every class that I take out there,” she said. “I can take up to 10 credit-hours. So I take three classes out at Wright State. Right now I’m taking two different types of English and a history class. Last semester I took three different classes.”

Being ahead of the game is something Schrolucke worked toward her entire high school career, taking algebra in 8th grade and doubling up on science classes her sophomore year.

“This year the only things I was required to take were government and English,” Schrolucke said.

Although she likes her current schedule and her first impressions she has of college life, Schrolucke said she sees herself going further away from home for the rest of her college career.

“I think if I can get into Ohio State — I’m still waiting on my results — I’m going to go (there),” she said. “But for now, (Wright State) is good. It’s good to get my feet wet and know what’s going on with the whole college thing.”

The best thing about it so far, she said, is the freedom.

“You can come and do as you please,” Schrolucke said. “And there’s not someone always watching over you, being like, “No, you can’t do that.’”

But not living on campus and being only a part-time student, she is not as involved as she would like to be.

“I don’t like how it’s all secluded because I don’t know a lot of people and I don’t know the activities that are going on,” Schrolucke said. “I think if I knew that it would make it better. But overall I like the feel of it a lot.”

She still hangs on to the little bit of high school she has left, though, and does not take any of it for granted.

“This is my last chance to be with everyone who I’ve grown up with. And I still have the connection with the school...the spirit and the sports and everything else,” she said.

A team feeling is important to Schrolucke, and is what she will miss the most after leaving Memorial High School. She is a member of the track and cross country teams, and runs the mile and the 4-by-800 meter relay for track.

“I like the feel of a team and how we all work together to accomplish one thing,” Schrolucke said.

This desire to work together and make a difference shows in her involvement in Relay for Life and GirlTalk as well.

Relay For Life holds events to raise money to go toward the fight against cancer. Schrolucke will be involved in planning the next event — the Polar Plunge.

“Each person gets different sponsors and you ask for a minimum of $25 from each sponsor that you have,” she said. “And then once we raise that money we put it all together and we plan the Polar Plunge. We plan the food, who’s going to speak. I just like knowing that even if I don’t make a difference, specifically me, my efforts are definitely going to.”

The same held true in her experience with Girl Talk, where high school girls spend lunch time with middle school girls and offer their time and open ears.

“One time, we sat down with the little girls while they were eating their lunch, and at first they were shy,” Schrolucke said. “They didn’t really want to talk to us because they didn’t know us that well ... Then the one time they were just really open about their families and their friends and what was going on and it just made me feel good because they were getting to know us more, and learning to trust us. I think just by that we could tell that we’re affecting them in a positive way.”

Even in her profession, making a difference and being a part of something good is key for Schrolucke, who has medicine in mind.

“I like the maths and the sciences,” she said. “I don’t want to be as high up as a doctor because I wouldn’t be able to do that, I don’t think…the in-the-body stuff, that you can see it all. I would never be a surgeon.”