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Wright through my eyes: Jonathan Ciero

Jonathan Ciero | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Jonathan Ciero | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian


Wright State is home to an abundance of students with different backgrounds and stories to tell. Jonathan Ciero, material science, and engineering major has ambitious plans for the future.

Growing up in a military family, Ciero was born in England, living there for a total of nine years, and later completed high school in Germany. Throughout his life, Ciero has traveled to Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Chech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Canada and portions of Spain.

With plans to do a master’s program in aeronautics in aerospace, Ciero’s dream job is to work with an aerospace company.

“If I can say that I’ve helped design the rocket ship that’s taking people beyond Mars, that would be awesome. I’ve always enjoyed the thought of working for NASA. The thought of what some companies are doing today with SpaceX is crazy,” said Ciero.

“I’ve lived over half my life in [other countries]; it gives me a lot of awesome experiences and gives me a unique background.”

Campus involvement

Ciero is a learning assistant in physics, the engineering and computer science senator for Student Government Association (SGA), on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board and part of the club bowling team that is ranked 12th in the nation.

As one of his most enjoyed pastimes, bowling was a big part of why Ciero chose to attend WSU.

“I knew when I was going through my college search that I wanted to bowl for whatever university I went to. I bowled in Cleveland and the coaches from the WSU team were there. I met them and came to visit the campus and loved the area. I couldn’t say no to WSU, I absolutely love it here.”

As a percussionist through middle school and high school, Ciero had the opportunity to play with a high school band in Disneyland Paris.

“I’ve lived over half my life in [other countries]; it gives me a lot of awesome experiences and gives me a unique background.”

In his spare time, Ciero enjoys watching Netflix, playing games on Xbox, watching videos about space on YouTube and playing board games with his family.

“I got my family into euchre. I learned [it] here and the first summer I went back and saw my parents, I showed it to them. They play it all the time. We love escape rooms [as well]; that’s something we do as a family all the time and we love it.”

‘Humble, credible, approachable’

Living most of his life overseas, Ciero has also lived in several states, including Texas, Kansas, Alabama, North Carolina and Boston and hopes to one day visit Colorado.

“The Western half of the world has escaped me; that’s definitely my goal is to get out there. My goal is to be on every continent.”

Throughout all the places he has been, Ciero has enjoyed living in England the most. From theater to castles to the White Cliffs of Dover, the English culture is an exceptional one.

Striving to be the best person he can be, Ciero takes inspiration from his father.

Jonathan Ciero | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

“My dad has always instilled in me three different values: humble, credible, approachable. That’s something that I always try to live for. Being someone that people aren’t afraid to come up to and talk or ask questions is something I carry around everywhere I go.”