Semester in Review – SP 19

In all honesty, this semester was a doozy. I am so thankful for all of the supportive and loving people that I have in my life to get me through!

This semester I worked two jobs for several months. Eventually I ended up having to leave my position as a student fundraiser at the OSU Calling Center, but for better opportunity. In January I started as a student assistant at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Getting this position was a dream come true as this is exactly where I plan to work as a 4-H professional someday. I am ecstatic to go to work every day and because of that, I know I have chosen the right path.

This semester, classes were difficult. I struggled with seasonal depression and body image a lot which in turn affected the way I performed academically. By the middle of the semester I was just ready for it to be over. But as the sun came out and the birds started to sing, so did I. I ended the semester with a 3.746 GPA that I could not be prouder of. I am excited to make the Dean’s List for both semesters of my freshman year.

This semester I had many firsts! I went ice skating for the first time at the OSU Ice Rink, flew on an air plane, and visited New York City! I attended several OSU basketball games and visited Washington D.C. for the National 4-H Conference. The biggest highlight of my spring semester was being inducted into the Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame!

This semester was a truly incredible experience despite the hardship. I am excited to see where Ohio State takes me in the future, it has already brought me so far!

Accepting my Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame award!

Posing with Dean Kress and President Drake!

Visited Capital Hill to speak on behalf of Ohio 4-H!

New York City was breathtaking!

Semester in Review – AU18

Wow, what a first semester!

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!

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

Hello!

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 I am serving on the state 4-H Officer board as Vice President of Outreach and, most excitedly, will be inducted into the Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame at the 2019 Ohio 4-H Conference.

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.