My name is Kayla Hepler and I am from Concord Township, Ohio, about forty five minutes east of Cleveland. Since graduating high school, I now have the perspective to reflect back on my high school experiences in addition to getting excited about the next four years of being a Buckeye here at The Ohio State University.
Throughout my high school years I was able to join many organizations and spend a large amount of time volunteering. I spent a substantial amount of time doing Junior Olympic gymnastics, and after that I joined high school sports. Playing tennis, pole vaulting, and diving for my high school opened up my schedule allowing me to join DECA. DECA is a business club and in addition I joinded a Junior Board of Directors at a Bank in Minnesota in which we planned community service events. It was through DECA that I developed a strong passion for business becoming the Vice President of the club with my brother being President. I eventually moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio my senior year of high school and joined Science Olympiad which channeled my love for science. Additionally, it was through my time struggling with scoliosis bracing and orthopedic injuries from gymnastics that made me fall in love with the engineering behind scoliosis braces and medicine. Ultimately, these interests of mine have lead me to starting my education at Ohio State studying Biomedical Engineering on a pre-medicine path with a possible minor in business. Furthermore, I am a humanitarian engineering scholar which allows me to pursue my love for helping others and the community.
Overall, I am beyond excited to be a part of the Buckeye family and look forward to continuing my education here at Ohio State.
My five strengths from my strength finders exam are: Input, Achiever, Learner, focus, and command. I relate to all of these individually in various ways.
Input relates to strategic thinking, and as a result my friends and those around me are constantly asking for my input on various matters from their personal lives to their school habits and everywhere in between. My roommates and I often stay up late into the night talking about various things and I find myself giving my advice and input to their individual situations more than I ever have before.
Achiever is a term I relate to strongly. I often find myself setting high standards and stopping at nothing until I have achieved those goals. I have always been driven and am what I like to refer to myself as a compulsive list maker and have a borderline obsession with being able to cross things off of those lists.
The term learner is something that I have always felt attached to. I love to learn, and I specifically in any subject area I have a personal attachment to. I wore a scoliosis back brace for 3.5 years and the moment I was diagnosed I wanted to know everything about my condition and orthopedics in general. As a result, I ended up forming a close bond with my orthopedic surgeon and nurse practitioner and doing various things for the Mayo Clinic on scoliosis awareness.
I am a focused person. I will not stop until I feel content or have reached my goals. My ability to focus, love for learning, and my desire to achieve are what make me who I am. For me if I start a task I have to finish it no matter the amount of time it takes. I am not someone who can focus on other thing if the task I previously started isn’t finished.
Lastly, I like to lead and be in control. Command describes me as I am willing to take charge to get tasks done and delegate where is necessary. My drive for success has lead me to influencing those around me to work in such a matter as well.