Year in Review

Wow, what a year!

As I reflect on my first semester here, I cannot wrap my mind around how fast 2018 has flown by. At this time last year, I was applying to the Ohio State University. I was filling out my Scholars application and stressing about my essay answers and what program I wanted to do. I waited around for my acceptance letter all the while planning what kinds of things I wanted to stock my dorm room up with. I eventually got that acceptance letter as well as a Scholars acceptance. I joined the Scholars facebook group where I started chatting with my new great friend Caroline, who eventually became my college roommate. On top of all of this, I was finishing my senior year of high school. I was the lead role in my school’s musical, writing senior papers and finishing up one of the most academically challenging school years of my career, and pushing my body to its limits as a top tier track & field athlete. All of these things piled on top of the grief that came with leaving my home, my best friends, and childhood behind for Columbus, Ohio.

Summer came and went with a million memories of preparing for college, making memories with my best friends, and participating in my passion and one true love; the Ohio 4-H program. Summer flew by, and early move in came. As a participant in the Buckeyes First program, I had the chance t0 move to Columbus a week earlier than official move in day. That experience is one that I will forever be grateful for, and has even influenced me to apply as a Peer Leader for next year’s Buckeyes First participants.

Once the semester started I began to understand truly how hard college is. I buckled down and have maintained great grades throughout the semester. I have pushed myself and I have surrounded myself with people who push me to be better than the person I was yesterday. I’ve joined two student organizations on campus as well as held an on campus job as a Student Fundraiser at the Fawcett Center. I have had to develop new study habits for sure, but academically I have excelled here at Ohio State. If something can improve by a million percent, then my mental health definitely did. Here at Ohio State, I am happy. Despite all of the struggles and the days that feel like I won’t make it, I am happy here. I have grown so much as a person, academically and mentally. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else but right here in my tiny little dorm at THE Ohio State University.


Buckeye Football is my favorite thing about my first semester at Ohio State!

We ran the OSU Four Miler in October! It was a great race and an even better experience!

My favorite way to study is to hammock in my favorite secret spot on campus!


[ “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 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” 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 Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Reflection – My First Week at Ohio State

Wow! What a week!

I spent my first week at Ohio State in complete awe. I would walk to class looking around at every building, sculpture, person, and thing and think, “wow, I really am a college student. I really am here at THE Ohio State University.”

I would take a moment. Breathe.

It feels amazing here. My first impressions are everything I’ve ever expected Ohio State to be. Welcome week was full of friends and laughter, fun and welcoming experiences. I have enjoyed every minute of my time here at Ohio State.

I am adjusting well. I grew up as a camp kid, so I’m used to being away. My parents did a great job preparing me for this. I laugh at a memory I have of my first week here. I was doing laundry in my residence hall, and another student had no idea how to do their own laundry. I had to teach them where the detergent went and how to sort their laundry so the colors don’t bleed. In my head, It was quite funny but to them it was scary. My parents had taught me basic life skills from a young age through farm chores and family living. Theirs hadn’t, and as I think about it, I am very happy for the chore lists I had as a child.

I now understand what college is like, studying for hours for the upcoming midterms that, honestly, terrify me just thinking about. I am nervous. But, I am learning new study habits and am excited to get to work.

Hopefully the rest of the semester stays positive!

About Me


My name is Maddie Allman and I am a first-year at the Ohio State University studying Community Leadership with a specialization in Community & Extension Education. I plan to graduate in the spring semester of 2022 with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

At Ohio State I am a member of the Arts Scholars program. My arts interests center around theater and choral music. As a child, I had always loved music. I was surrounded by it within my family and I couldn’t imagine my life without the love and passion I have developed for music. I participated in my high school’s “Advanced Show Choir” for all four years, and I took the stage every spring and fall in various theatrical roles. I have been in theater productions from an early age, participating in church plays and school musicals since I could walk. My favorite musical by far is the Phantom of the Opera, with Anything Goes coming in a close second.

4-H is something that I am very passionate about and I am very fortunate to have given over 10 years of my life to an organization that developed me into who I am today. Throughout my 10 years as a 4-H member, I developed a passion for youth development and agriculture. In my 4-H career I have served as a camp counselor, Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Ambassador, Junior Fair Board member, Junior Leader, and last year I had the opportunity to serve on the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council State Outreach Committee. On this amazing committee I had the opportunity to reach out to other state 4-H programs in effort to make a connection with them. I was successful in my effort as I hosted Oklahoma and Georgia 4-H at the 2018 Ohio 4-H Conference! This year, most excitedly, I will be serving on the state 4-H Officer board as Vice President of Outreach.

As a 4-H’er I learned amazing life skills while developing a love for another passion; rabbits. I started raising rabbits my first year as a 4-H member and haven’t given them up since. Over the years my rabbitry has expanded to three different breeds of rabbits including Californians, New Zealand’s, and Checkered Giants. Raising rabbits gave me the opportunity to become a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association as well as serve as the Vice President of the Ohio Youth Rabbit Breeders Association.

I graduated from Southeastern High School near Chillicothe, Ohio in the spring of 2018. In high school I was an avid runner, and still am today. I participated in soccer, track & field, and cross country throughout high school as well as many clubs including Key Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and the Drug Free Clubs of America. I was a member of every student section because of my passion for athletics and my love for school spirit.

I am very excited for life at Ohio State. I cannot wait for football Saturday’s, March Madness, and baseball games!


My cabin and I as a camp counselor at Ohio Military Kids camp.

My favorite Brutus statue on campus!

Performing as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes!

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Officer team goofing around.