Lisa Dierker


There are “number” people, and there are “word” people. Left brains, and right brains. “Quants” and English majors. Or so most of us believe, and Lisa Dierker was no different when she entered Ohio State University in 1986, a first-generation college student paying her own way through school. 

“I was terrified,” she says. “I couldn’t fail—there were no safety nets, so I carefully chose English and calculus my first semester.  It was honors English, and my professor loved me… my calculus teacher seemed to think that I was nothing special; of course, I was an English major.”

While she did well that first semester of college, Dierker knew: there was a danger of being “weeded out” of the sciences.

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