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.