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Shalom Arellano

Helping others comes in many forms

Growing up, Shalom Arellano, a 2015 graduate from Garfield, Ohio, knew he wanted to help others. How to reach that goal is something he discovered at Ohio Northern University.

After a detour into nursing, he found his career path in exercise physiology. Both are fields that help physically improve lives, but with a different emphasis. “Switching to exercise physiology made me feel a lot happier,” he admits. “I am doing something that I like. I like to read about a concept and actually be able to apply it to benefit others. The classes were interesting, and I definitely enjoyed my professors who showed me what to do, or not do, in a clinical or gym setting.” His next step is an internship at Cleveland Clinic, working in fitness and cardiac rehabilitation.

But Arellano didn’t wait for graduation to help others; he was active in campus men’s Bible study and Habitat for Humanity, and he served as a residence life assistant.

“As a resident assistant, I told my students, ‘Don’t stay in your room all the time. Socialize; play basketball with your friends,’” he says. It’s advice he followed himself, choosing to be involved in campus activities. He was named “Mr. ONU,” and the next year he was elected Homecoming King. “Making the choice to be active will greatly affect your path at Ohio Northern,” he says.