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Driving to success

9:44 AM  Aug 20th, 2017
by Cari Zahn '18

This weekend has held a lot of excitement for the University of Dayton campus as it accepts a record 2,262 first-year students. While many of these students are finding a home within the residence halls on campus, a select group will be traveling to campus from their permanent residences in Dayton or the surrounding area.

Taniayah O’Quinn-Sims and Ajay Madlinger are two of these students. Coming from Miamisburg High School and Archbishop Alter High School respectively, O’Quinn-Sims and Madlinger are already familiar with the Dayton area, but are excited to find a new community on UD’s campus.

O’Quinn-Sims is eager to break into the UD community by joining clubs and meeting new people. She said she already knows some people on campus and hopes that she can become more involved in the community through those friendships.

“UD has everything I’m looking for,” O’Quinn-Sims said. “It’s a pretty campus, and everyone is so nice.”

For Madlinger, the desire to attend UD came from his father.

“My dad graduated from here, so that was my inspiration,” Madlinger said.

These two students are part of what represents the 37 percent increase in students at UD that come from within a 50-mile radius from campus. If the goal is to keep Dayton thriving with young intellectuals, these students are part of what makes that achievable.

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