Columbus To-Do List: Part 1

As far as exploring Columbus, I have decided to pick and choose from different lists and do a variety of activities in the city. Being from Hilliard, OH and living so close to the city, I’ve never really taken advantage of what Columbus has to offer, so I’m most looking forward to getting off campus and exploring the city. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to feel like I belong in the city and that Columbus is truly my home throughout this experience.

Today, my suite mate Bryce and I journeyed out to Fox in the Snow Cafe. We wanted to have a little time to chat away from the busyness of campus and it was such a nice morning to go out and get to just talk about life.

We took the CABS bus from the towers to the Ohio Union to hop on the 1 towards High St. and Starr St. It was actually pretty easy to just get on the COTA bus and get to the coffee shop. I’ll admit, I was really nervous about that because in my experience thus far with that COTA system, it can sometimes be unpredictable. It was a little bit of a walk form the bus stop to the actual coffee shop once we were down in the general area, but neither of us minded it. It was cloudy and a little bit gloomy, but it felt like fall finally! Upon walking into the coffee shop, it was super crowded and there weren’t many places to sit.

I was definitely not expecting the building to be how it was. I expected it to be tucked away in one of the corners of the Short North maybe, but it was a stand alone garage type of building on the corner of 3rd and 4th. It was a really modernized on the inside, and had a lively feel to it. When we went up to order, we saw that there were lots of yummy pastries to choose from. I ended up getting the sticky bun (and I would highly recommend) and Bryce got the blueberry danish.

Choosing what kind of coffee to get wasn’t hard for me because I knew I wanted to get a cappuccino. I’ve had lot of friends go to this coffee shop before since I live around the area, and so I’ve seen pictures of the cute little art in the cappuccino’s and had to get one for myself.


We got to just sit and chat and enjoy our coffee together, and so that was a really fun experience for me. I LOVE to try new coffee shops and I LOVE to spend quality on e on one time with my friends, so this made for a pretty great morning.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves a good atmosphere to sit and have coffee and talk. The cappuccino wasn’t my favorite, but the pastry, as I said, was amazing. I would definitely go back, and I hope some of my fellow ENR scholars will give it a try too:)

ENR Mentor Meet-Up!!

I had the chance to meet up with Leah yesterday and talk about her academics, involvement on campus, her experience with ENR scholars and just hear some general advice about settling into college.

Leah shared with me that she is currently pursuing a major in theatre. Although undecided when first coming to OSU last fall, Leah has been pursuing studies in theatre, someday hoping to pursue stage management as a “side hustle.” She also mentioned the possibility of wanting to drop theatre down to a minor and take on FFW or EPDM as a major. She told me about how taking calculus was the most challenging thing for her class wise coming to college. She loves to study in the big room with all the windows in Thompson because of all the natural lighting, but room would have to be her favorite study spot.

As far as involvement around campus goes, she’s not currently involved in any clubs. She does like to go to the yoga classes and other fitness classes offered at the RPAC and North Recreation Center. She had tried out the Art of Living Meditation Club for a little while, but quickly realized that wasn’t her thing. She does, however, participate in volunteer work form time to time. It’s mostly events through ENR Scholars and with the orginazation, FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed). She also worked last summer for one of her professors, helping him write a book. The topic focused on religion and environmental values in America, and so she really enjoyed the time she spent working on that.

For Leah, being involved on ENR Scholars gave her the foundation she needed coming into college. It has provided her with a network of people that give her connections to the School of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as just allowing her to have a group of people from which her closest friends are found. She wanted to specifically be a mentor for the program because she wanted to be involved in the lives of the incoming freshmen. She also mentioned wanting to be a better mentor and be more involved than her mentor was her first year. This is also a really great way for her to stay involved in the scholars group, being a second year. Leah has been exposed to many types of outdoor recreation that she had never before experienced, like slacklining. She also enjoys camping, and going on the upcoming backpacking trip to Dolly Sods, West Virginia.

The advice that Leah gave to me was that you really get out of ENR scholars what you put into it. She told me that my involvement depends on how heavily involved I want to be. Since there are so many events, she advised me to go to the ones that really interest me. This group is also a really valuable community to be able to build that framework in to be able to be successful in pursuing my degree and my endeavors after college.

After college, Leah plans to “roll up her diploma and throw it at a wall. Just kidding- well kind of.”  She really wants to work somewhere in the wildlife sector, either with endangered species conservation or preservation. She also really loves sharks, so maybe something involving marine wildlife. She hopes to be able to stage manage as a side job as well. Her dream job would be to work in the wildlife biology field and be up close and personal with wildlife, preferably sharks because they are just so cute!

From having this conversation with Leah, I learned that being a part of this program has already equipped me with tools that I can use for my success in college. There are so many programs at my fingertips to expose me to new things, and it’s up to me to take hold of this opportunities.  I learned that time management is hard to figure out, and that I may never fully figure it out, but that it will get better with time. She taught me that it’s okay not to know exactly what I want to do at this very moment in time. She said that she wished someone had told her that “you’re not behind!” I realized that it’s okay not to have an internship, or be involved in research, or to strictly follow my 2 year plan right now. Coming to college and learning how to adjust to all the changes, emotionally, mentally, and physically is something that will get easier the more experienced I have.

Leah left me with a final piece of advice, and I wrote it down because I could really connect with it. She said, “Life is weird. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, life throws you a curveball and you’re forced out of your comfort zone and you’ve just got to pick yourself up and deal with in. In these times of hardship, you will learn new things: things about yourself, things about what you are passionate about. Your idea of that life is is going to be shattered like a million times and you have to constantly be shifting your thinking to be able to adapt and go on with life.” I really appreciate the time I was able to spend with my mentor and I can’t wait to see what amazing adventures we embark on together!

Year in Review

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After taking the VIA strengths inventory, I learned that my top 5 strengths are as follows:

  1. Humor– liking to laugh and tease; bring smiles to other people; seeing the light side; making (not necessarily telling) jokes.
  2. Spirituality– having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose ad meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shapes conduct and provides comfort.
  3. Perseverance– finishing what one starts; persevering in a course of action in spite of obstacles; “getting it out the door”; taking pleasure in completing tasks.
  4. Honesty– Speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself in a genuine way and acting in a sincere way; being without pretense; taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions.
  5. Zest– Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated.

I believe that this order is very accurate after having been at college for a month now and seeing how I’ve been carrying myself and the decisions I’ve been making. I would maybe put zest third, followed by honesty and then perseverance, but those are the only corrections I would make.

I think that I use employ zest everyday in my life in even just doing the smallest things. Like the other day, I really wanted a slushy and so my roommate and I hopped on the COTA bus and went to Speedway. It was honestly just such an adventure and full of so much excitement for such a seemingly little thing.

Leadership is number 11 for me and I wish that one was higher up because I do see myself as a leader in some situations.

I love the word zest as a characteristic to describe somebody, so that would have to be my favorite strength. I just love how it embodies the excitement and energy aspect of life.

Here is a picture of me living my life with zest when my rowing team decided to jump in after practice one day.


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About Me

Hi, my name is Madison Bell, but I usually go by Maddy. I was born in Findlay, OH and then moved to North Carolina shortly thereafter. After 3 years of living there, my family moved back to Ohio and I’ve lived in the Hilliard area for most of my life. I graduated from Hilliard Bradley High School and I am very excited to begin the next part of my life. Some of my family has been to Ohio State, and I’m ready to begin my own journey here. My faith is something that is very important to me, and I enjoy spending time with others who can help me grow in my faith. I’m a very outgoing person who loves giving back to my community and seeing others happy. Whenever I help others, it makes me feel very good inside knowing that I impacted someone else’s day. In college I hope to stretch myself intellectually and expand my knowledge to encompass a variety of different subjects. I want to get out of my comfort zone and try new things even when they’re hard; to meet new people even when it’s uncomfortable; and to learn new things about myself and gain the confidence I’ve been lacking for so long.

Coming to college is a way for me to focus in on what I’m passionate about. I’m here to learn as much as I can about that in order to be able to go out and pursue a career doing what I love. During my time at Ohio State, I hope to gain real world experience through internships, network with faculty and alumni, and immerse myself into learning a wide variety of topics that will help me to succeed in life after college. n high school I served on the board of a service club. We attended to the needs our school community as well as the surrounding areas of Columbus. I love helping others and giving back to those who need it, as well as being a leader. I hope to continue to be involved in a service club during my time at OSU. I also plan to join an activist group such as Defend our Future to protect the EPA’s budget and bring awareness to the severity of climate change. During my sophomore year in high school, I attended an EF Tour to Costa Rica for a Global Student Leaders Summit on Sustainability. While there, I had a chance to meet so many people from around the globe who shared my passion for sustainability. We worked together for 3 days using the design thinking process to design a solution for the problem at hand. In attendance were a handful of world leaders and environmental activists who spoke to us about how our generation can be a part of the change that our world needs. Among the speakers was UN messenger of peace and British primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall. I had the opportunity to meet and speak with her, and so that really was an experience that I treasure, and that continues to inspire me to pursue studies in the field of environmental science and sustainability. I As far as academic goals go, I plan to stay organized and on top of deadlines, take courses and study material that challenges my mind, and to take initiative to dig deeper into subjects that really interest me and form meaningful relationships with my professors.

I have a couple of different avenues that I can see myself going after I graduate. I would love to be able to travel around to third world countries and places that don’t have sustainable practices incorporated into their lives and help them get to the point where they do. I would also like to travel world and educate others about ways in which they can live sustainably.  I could also see myself working for the EPA in some sort of way, or maybe working on Capitol Hill for a sustainability sector. i know that the possibilities are endless and I’m excited to see that kinds of opportunities Ohio State will provide me with. I dream of changing the way sustainability is perceived, and implementing changes that affect the future of our planet. I want to be an advocate for change and continue fighting for what I believe in.

Being an active member of my community is something that I care deeply about. I see myself thriving in a communty of others who have similar passions as me, which is why I joined ENR Scholars. It is my hope that this group provides me with opportunities to serve my community and give back in ways that matter. I hope to lead my legacy on campus and around Columbus by striving to live sustainably each and every day, and to just be a friendly face that others can come and talk to about anything. I want to help make Ohio State a happier and more positive place by always saying hi to faces new and old, and by creating a welcoming atmosphere wherever I am.