True Colors Reflection

In performing this activity, I found that the color I most identify with is “blue.” As a “blue,” I have a tendency to be compassionate, level-headed, and am dedicated to the activities I do and groups that I am involved in. I plan to implement many of these qualities while working with a variety of other groups/teams in a number of ways. For example, I always want my group to succeed no matter the task, and will do whatever is asked of me in order to please others and do what is in the best interest of everyone. I also place high emphasis on the emotions and feelings of others around me. If someone is not having their voice heard or does not feel that they belong, I will make sure they they feel valued and will personally find a role that will suit them best and make them happy.

Another way I plan to apply myself is when working with a team that has a variety of “colors” and traits. For instance, “oranges” tend to be very adventurous and opportunistic, but may come on too strong to other members of the group. As a blue, I want to find a balance of our strengths in order to make sure we complete the task to the best of our ability.

Lastly, I have strong opinions about my values and beliefs and want the projects I am working with to align with these values. If I feel that the projects I am working on are not similar to the things I care about, I will take the time to evaluate whether this is a group I want to be working with, or if there are ways that I can make the topic more aligned with my morals and beliefs.

Volunteering at Indianola Formal K-8 School

On August 25, 2018, a group of Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars and I participated in Ohio State and Pay It Forward’s annual Community Commitment day of service. Our group volunteered at Indianola Formal K-8 School in their community garden. Throughout the morning, we helped with a variety of tasks. First, we were educated on a number of invasive plants, such as morning glory, that were growing in the schools’ community garden and needed to be removed. I do not have much experience with taking care of a garden, so learning about these species was a new experience for myself (and also for the other members of my group). The garden had a large amount of these invasive plants when we arrived, so we broke off into small groups to try and remove the morning glory and other plants from the garden. It was amazing to see how large these plants had grown and how far into the ground the roots went. Some of the morning glory required teamwork- two or three people pulling at the plant or cutting the roots to try and remove it. Once our group, with the help of some school families and local volunteers, had removed as many of the plants and weeds that we could, we worked as a team to lay down mulch to set a new pathway. Lastly, and perhaps the most exciting part of our service, we were able to harvest some of the ripe fruits and vegetables that had been planted and grown for the families to take home. We were able to harvest about 40 baby tomatoes, 2 large squash, 10 apples and plums, and another 15 peppers. Many of the young school children were so excited to show us their school and garden, and were very eager for us to try the food with them.

With this service project, I also had an additional responsibility of being a site leader. My role was to lead my group in successfully completing our project. At first, I was a little nervous about taking on the role, as this was my first time leading a group in a service project. However, everyone in my group was very excited about volunteering and was great and providing support and encouragement throughout the day. Our leader at the school, Amy, was so grateful for our help from the moment we arrived, and was always willing to help us or answer any questions that we may have had. Through this service project, I felt I that I had grown in the areas of environmental wellness and leadership, and also become more educated about the field of garden Hearing not only the excitement from my group but the gratitude from the parents and children at the school made my volunteer experience and positive and all the worthwhile.

Leadership Definition and Example

Leadership can be defined as the act of guiding a person (or group of people) through an activity, challenge, or obstacle through instruction and positive attitude and enforcement. A true leader will inspire others to feel they have sufficiently completed a task, and may even be inspired to become leaders themselves. I have seen leadership in my own high school lacrosse team, when players have taken it upon themselves to rally the team together without the coaches instruction. They showed leadership through calling a time-out when people were getting frustrated, or simply encouraging their teammates if they made a good play or were trying their best. I would define this as leadership because we were working as a team to achieve a common goal: either scoring, stopping the other team from scoring, or simply stopping the other team from scoring. Additionally, to achieve this common goal, the leader of the group had to provide encouragement, energy, and respect to help everyone achieve their goals

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

My name is Amanda Acosta and I am beginning my freshman year at Ohio State starting this fall. I am an exercise science, pre-physical therapy major and one day hope to be working as a physical therapist. Growing up in Chicago, sports has always had a large role in my daily life. I played both volleyball and softball throughout elementary school, and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team throughout all four years of high school. I joined the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars program because of this passion for athletics, and hope to join an intramural or club sport in my first year at Ohio State.

Additionally, I have a passion for volunteering and helping those in my community. In high school, I was a member of the school’s Key Club International chapter. As a chapter, we volunteered with a number of Chicagoland area organizations and events, including the Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle, Ronald McDonald Houses, Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Food Depository. I love feeling as if I can make a positive difference in my community and hope to continue volunteering while in Columbus. 

My hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching The Office or sports games. Living in Chicago, I have been lucky to attend a large number of sports events and festivals, such as the Cubs’ World Series Victory Parade and Lollapalooza. My mom works for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics who attended University of Illinois at Chicago, and my dad works for a produce market.

While in Columbus, I am excited to visit museums, attend Blue Jackets games, and try all the incredible restaurants. I can’t wait to continue my academic and professional careers at Ohio State!