Chelsie Brush Recognized by the SAGE Project
Chelsie Brush, a computer technology major at Kent State East Liverpool, was one of 12 female students from across the Kent State University campus system to be selected to the Women’s Center SAGE Project, class of 2018.
The SAGE Project recognizes female students at Kent State University who demonstrate innovation, creativity, risk-taking and leadership skills in their academic and personal lives.
Brush graduates in May with an associate degree in computer technology, with a concentration in networking. She will continue her studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer technology, with a minor in computer forensics and security.
The SAGE Project gets its name from the significance of sage, used in the Native American culture for healing, bringing one’s life into balance, and cleansing the body and mind of negativity. The SAGE project uses the power of storytelling to highlight students who overcome adversity to shape their lives and their Kent State experiences.
Brush’s story is on display in Purinton Hall, just outside of the library.
A 2013 graduate of Wellsville High School, Brush is the youngest of six children and grew up with two brothers, R.J. and Cody. She is the caretaker for her disabled father, Randall Brush, whom she credits as a major part of her education.
As a student at Kent State East Liverpool, Brush has worked as a student employee in the IT Department since 2014, and is also working in the campus library. She twice received the Opportunity Scholarship and has been on the Dean’s List for several semesters.
Working on campus, she said, has enhanced her education. “It’s been helpful in regards to my learning. The experience has made me all the more assured that my degree is what I’ll be best suited for.”
Brush was nominated for this award, yet the nominators are not disclosed. She said she is honored that three people nominated her.
“In classes, I’ve always tried to bring students together, to get students over their fears,” Brush said. “Outside of classes, I want to be there for anyone who needs help. A good portion of my education has come from the countless times and hours I’ve stayed up, or stayed late, to make sure that my friends understand tomorrow’s test or this week’s material.
“I also like to let them know that failing something doesn’t make you a failure,” she continued. “Most students are very much alike. We share the same goals and it helps to work toward them together. I’ve been told I’m a leader, but … I’d like to consider myself a teacher.”
Following graduation from Kent State, Brush shared that she would love to work in an academic or government environment – either as a professor or in the IT department of the FBI. And, she is certain that Kent State East Liverpool is preparing her for future success.
“I’m proud of my campus,” she said. “Kent State University at East Liverpool has some of the hardest working students who balance family, work and schooling all at once. I’m proud to represent my campus in some good way.”