Get to Know Claire Coder - Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015


Name: Claire Coder

Age: 18

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

College: The Ohio State University

Major: Comparative Religious Studies, Spanish (minor)

What is your favorite time of year? Right NOW (Fall)

What is the current #1 most played song on your iPod? “The Judge” by Twenty One Pilots

What is your favorite quote? “Why not?”

What is your most hated household chore? Making my bed. What is the point? I am just going to mess it up in approximately 12 hours.

What is your favorite time of day? Mornings. The early bird gets the worm, and the opportunity to wake everyone else up with obnoxious shower singing.

Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Plan ahead. I had my suitcase packed for Alabama three weeks before the competition.

Paper OR plastic? Paper

Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Half-Full

Introvert OR extrovert? Extrovert

Cats OR Dogs? I am allergic to both

Morning person OR night person? Morning Person

What is your most embarrassing moment? We line up for the 800 meter dash. My spikes are tied, my hair is tight, my body is ready to win. The gun fires and my feet move faster than my mind. The first lap around the track is completed and I feel a light rain, a lovely refresher. I briefly look behind me to see if anyone is on my tail.  The only person, or rather thing, within 5 meters of me is a wet trail. I look down to confirm my fear. I had wet my pants. Sprinting the last 200 meters towards the finish line I think to myself, “Maybe if I just run fast enough, it will all air out and no one will be able to see the spot.” Unfortunately, the trail was evident to my teammates and I received the name “sPEEdy”

What would we find in your refrigerator/freezer right now? Frozen gogurts (a fun way to bring back your childhood with a new twist), Pizza rolls (basically a staple food), Green peas (a great stress eating snack)

What is your biggest fear? Unfortunately, my talent portion was not seeing into the future. I am no fortune teller. Profound songwriter and poet, Macklemore, describes fear as, “something we don’t know.” Therefore, what lies before me is my biggest fear. There are so many different paths that I can take, but how do I know that I am taking the right one?

What is one goal you have set for yourself and achieved? What is one goal that still remains to be achieved? Feet pounding on pavement for 13.1 miles does not sound appealing for many individuals, yet I knew that I had to cross the finish line of a half-marathon prior to my high school graduation. While some people generate ideas in the shower or using the ladies room, I reach my creative peak while on the trails. For me, running has helped me stride towards my dreams and turn my aspirations into accomplishments. Although college is hectic, I do not go more than four days without lacing up. My next goal will be competing in a full-marathon before I graduate from college.

Sum yourself up in three words: “Going for it”

Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. The first time my gold heels hit the stage, marked the first time I would be sharing my deepest emotions and passions with the public. As an aspiring poet, my thoughts and ideas are generally strewn on scrap papers and restaurant napkins. When I learned about the talent section for the Distinguished Young Woman program, I knew that I needed to reign in my spastic ideas and bottle my passion into a 90 second piece. Thus, I began to mentally prepare myself to disclose my vulnerability and perform original spoken word poetry. At all three levels of competition, striding on to the stage to share my thoughts was the most humbling experience. A wave of emotions would pour over my body and I would know that my dream of becoming a poet will become a reality.

  • cloud server

    07th Nov 2015 at 09:31

    Having only known Claire since February, I can say she is an amazing young woman, worthy of the title Ohio DYW. I am so proud of her and that she calls me her DYW Grandpa, an honor that I treasure.

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