Hiking at Ramsey Cascades during my trip to Tennessee!
Visiting The Bean in Chicago!
Celebrating National First Gen Day with Buckeyes First Vice President Mackenzie!
Collegiate 4-H hosted our annual Carving New Ideas workshop mid-November. This year was so much fun!
Our group arriving to the Atlanta airport for National 4-H Congress!
A very special friend and mentor, Erin Dailey, accompanied us to National 4-H Congress. I’m so thankful for her leadership and kindness!
So proud to be a part of the Class of 2022 Buckeye Leadership Fellows! I am honored to stand next to these amazing campus leaders and Buckeyes of Distinction!
As my second fall semester on campus winds down, I can’t help but reflect on God’s graciousness throughout this semester. This past fall semester I have seen so many good things come out of hard work, dedication, and sometimes, dumb luck!
This semester, I committed to the Alpha Zeta Partners spring study abroad to Brazil. My biggest worry when deciding whether or not to commit to the program or not was how I would pay to study abroad. A good friend of mine, Gage Smith, told me that there are tons of scholarships for study abroads and that he personally funded his trips entirely through scholarships. This gave me the motivation I needed to apply to study abroad and to as many scholarships and grants as possible. I first applied for the Honors & Scholars Autumn Enrichment Grant in which I received a maximum grant award of $3,000. I am so thankful for Honors & Scholars for believing in me and investing in my education and G.O.A.L.S. I was also awarded the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship, a scholarship from the Mervin G. Smith Student and Faculty Fund in International Agriculture, as well as a scholarship from The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. I am so excited and honored to say that I have been blessed with enough scholarships and grants to cover my upcoming study abroad to Brazil, as well as most of my cost of attendance for spring semester! I cannot thank these scholarship award committees enough for investing in me and choosing me as an award recipient. I pledge to not let them down!
I was given the opportunity to become a Buckeye of Distinction as a member of the newest class of Buckeye Leadership Fellows. After my dear friend Noor Alshafie encouraged me to apply to Buckeye Leadership Fellows (BLF), I decided that it never hurts to try something new. I made it all the way through the application and interview process, and looking back I am so thankful that I believed Noor when she said I could do it. I am so excited to begin this journey with 30 other outstanding, diverse, and educated individuals from all over Ohio State’s campus.
As a founding executive member of Buckeyes First Student Organization for First Generation College Students, this semester has been very busy! Serving as the Director of Community Outreach, this semester I have connected first generation college students with outside organizations such as OSU LiFESports, as well as promoted community service and volunteer engagement among Buckeyes First members. On November 8th we held Ohio State’s first National First Gen Day Celebration and had an awesome turnout! I can’t wait to continue moving forward in my position and encourage service learning among members.
In September, I was invited to join the CFAES ACEL Alumni Board as the Community Leadership Representative. I am humbled to be the person, of all the incredible people within my program, to be asked to represent my major! I am excited to move forward with our upcoming selection of the annual ACEL Alumni Awards where we recognize ACEL Alumni who have been doing memorable work in their fields.
My student assistant position at the Nationwide Farm Bureau & Ohio 4-H Center has been going great! This semester I continued to work with the Ohio 4-H International Program as the International Program Assistant. This semester I focused on setting up the program for success for future years to come. Since I will be traveling to Brazil in the spring, the program will need to hire a new assistant to help run the program in my place. I have been working diligently to ensure that the new assistant has all the available resources they will need for a successful rest of the year. When I return from Brazil in the spring, I will return to my original position as General 4-H Center Assistant. I can’t wait to get started!
This semester I had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling! My first adventure took me to Tennessee where I spent Fall Break with my boyfriend, hiking through the mountains and exploring downtown Gatlinburg. We had so much fun taking in all the beautiful views the Smoky Mountains had to offer! The first weekend of November I had the awesome opportunity to travel to The Windy City! This was my first time visiting Chicago and I had a blast! Of course, I couldn’t visit Chicago without seeing The Bean or Sears Tower. Accompanied by some members of my Ohio State Arts Scholars cohort, we watched Hamilton at the Chicago Theater and chowed down on some famous Gino’s East Chicago pizza. After Thanksgiving I flew down to the great city of Atlanta, Georgia for National 4-H Congress! National 4-H Congress was so fun and I am so thankful I got to end my 4-H career with a bang. I had a great time hanging out with fellow Ohio 4-H members and watching the Ohio State/Xichigan game in the lobby of the hotel. The trip was very memorable and I look forward to sharing my 4-H experience with others in the future. My final travel experience of the semester was 3 hours west to one of my favorite Midwest cities: Indianapolis! I had so much fun watching the Buckeyes beat the Wisconsin Badgers in the B1G 10 Championship! The game was so exciting with a lot of highs and lows (football is my favorite sport – can’t you tell?). Although my trip to Indianapolis was short, I had a great time hanging out downtown and cheering on my favorite team in Lucas Oil Stadium.
I am honored to be selected as a National 4-H Conference Roundtable Facilitator for the upcoming 2020 National 4-H Conference! Out of thousands of applications from across the nation, I am humbled to be one of 16 individuals selected. I am excited to share my experience with 4-H members from around the nation and guide them as they create positive change and voice their passion to our nation’s leaders on Capitol Hill.
This semester I also was selected to be a presenter at the 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference coming up in March. I will be leading sessions on behalf of Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University as well as The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. I’m so excited to add this experience to my professional development portfolio and learn from this public speaking and leadership experience.
This autumn semester has been filled with blessings. Although there was hardship, the graciousness of others flows freely through my life and I am blessed to see another amazing semester at the place I love the most. Spring Semester 2020, here I come!