On November 4, 2018, I participated in my fraternities big philanthropy of the semester called ‘Very Sharey’. For this event we collect canned foods or non-perishable items from neighborhoods in Upper Arlington in order to donate them to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Normally, we put up flyers around the selected neighborhoods beforehand so residents can set the items out on their porch the day of collection, but due to a miscommunication this year, we had to go door-to-door asking residents for any extra items they would be able to donate. During the time going from door-to-door, I had a couple notable interactions with some residents. One family I talked with joked around about how fraternities are only considered “philanthropic” so they can stay on campus while not really doing much to give back. So, he was very happy to see that a fraternity was actually out doing something to give back to the community and essentially have their running joke not be applied to us. A second cool interaction I encountered was with a judge who graduated from Ohio State in 1966 and was a part of Greek life. He was pleased to see that we were out shining a good light on the importance of fraternities. He also told me a few stories about his time while at Ohio State and some of the philanthropic events that his fraternity took part in. A final interaction was with a father of three young boys. He was hesitant to open the door at first, but when I told him what I was out doing, he was excited to talk at me and gave me the most non-perishable items of anyone that Sunday. Similar to the last resident, except more ecstatic, this father was praising what we were doing as a fraternity. He went to Cincinnati and was in a fraternity there, and he was so glad that we were out in person proving to others that fraternities do more than what they are stereotyped to do. While we had not collected as many goods as previous years, it seemed like the residents preferred that face-to-face interaction more than just leaving flyers up on their doors.
On November 12, 2018, I also took part in The Fisher College of Businesses big day of community service called ‘Fisher Impact Day’. It is an event that cover multiple different aspects of the community and over 1000 Fisher students were a part of it. For the first half of the event, I was coincidentally enough, assigned to a food packaging project were we mixed together rice and other nutrients before sealing the meals in order to donate them to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. We were stationed in a big room in the Blackwell and everyone had a specific job they had to do in an assembly line fashion so we could be at a maximum production level. I spent my time sealing the bags with a heat presser before handing them to the boxers who packed all the finished meals away. In just an hour and a half, as a group, we were able to package over 50,000 meals for the foodbank before we transitioned to another event. For this second part of the day, I spent my time making paracord bracelets for the military. This was a surprisingly difficult thing to do that required some concentration and multiple steps to make knots and tighten them correctly. This is an event that Fisher does every year now, and I plan to make it a habit of something I attend every year while attending Ohio State. It always feels good to give back to those who could use a little more in their time of need.
On Thursday October 25th I attended International Affairs Mini Involvement Fair which took place in between Smith-Steeb and Park-Stradley. There were several different student organizations present with representatives that knew a lot about their respective clubs/organizations. It was good exposure to many small and big clubs that have a more International focus to them.
The group I talked to first were the members of Global Health Initiative. They are “Driven to increase awareness and provide students with educational opportunities related to global health issues.” One of the coolest things about Global Health Initiative is their collaboration with the organization called Peacework. Through this collaboration members of Ohio State’s Global Health Initiative were able to travel to place such as, Haiti, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Malawi, and India. I love traveling and getting to visit exotic places since opportunities like this can be once in a lifetime. It is also really cool being able to help better the living situations of poorer families in these locations.
The organization that intrigued me the most was hands down The Alexander Hamilton Society. They are “An independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy.” I have always had an interest in politics from a young age, but have never been a part of any club or group and instead was limited to talking to my family and close friends since politics can be a pretty taboo subject in most situations. One thing that has been noticeable in any class where politics comes up is that anyone that portrays themselves with conservative values or support tend to be met with heavy criticism that is far from constructive. I feel a club like The Alexander Hamilton Society is important for making sure healthy dialogue can still be kept despite differing viewpoints. I also think it is important to hear multiple sides to events going on in the world, and a good way to figure these different sides out is through discussion, which is a forum that is covered by The Alexander Hamilton Society. Ultimately, this organization may be something I visit to see what the discussions/debates are like and potentially join depending on how accepting people are of other viewpoints.
One thing that I’ve noticed in my time in International Affairs is that all of our events and and speakers tend to be much more applicable to liberal arts majors, which makes sense since those have a heavy impact internationally, but at the same time it also excludes business majors like myself who also may interact on a global scale in the future. While it was cool seeing these clubs, a lot of them are not necessarily applicable to my future aspirations and I think we need to occasionally get organizations and speakers that can be more inclusive for students who don’t necessarily fit in well with the average International Affairs student. Not to take away from the fact that I enjoyed discussing with the members of the organizations present at this event, I think it would be cool to see some Fisher clubs that also share International goals.
The academic event I chose to attend was the Education Abroad Expo that took place on September 4th in the Ohio Union. As one could gather from the name of the event, the Education Abroad Expo is directly associated with International Affairs. This event helps inform students of special international opportunities that are only made available to Ohio State students. Personally, I have been abroad once during my time at Ohio State. I visited the Czech Republic over Spring Break through International Affairs Scholar program and absolutely loved my time there. However, I am interested in finding a global internship that will last longer than nine days. The Education Abroad Expo helped me to search for different types of programs available to students.
While there were around 100 different programs being showcased, the ones that had me most interested were being offered by the Fisher College of Business. As a business –finance– major, it made the most sense to look more for a business related international experience and not ones offered by different colleges within Ohio State. Fisher College of Business offers six different study abroad experiences. The six different programs offered are: Global Labs, Global Projects, Global Internships, Ohio Export Internship Program, Student Exchange, and Go Business. Of the six aforementioned programs, the one that caught my attention the most was the Global Internships.
The Fisher Global Internship program is an 8-week program that places students in meaningful, unfortunately unpaid, internships with a goal to help increase or begin an international network as well as help enhance global awareness to give an advantage in futures places of work. This program offers seven different locations, Australia (Sydney), England (London), Hong Kong, Ireland (Dublin), Portugal (Lisbon), Singapore, and Spain (Madrid). The locations that interest me the most are Australia, Hong Kong, and Portugal. I have already heard from fellow students how amazing both the Hong Kong and Portugal internships can be, which in a way makes me want to do something new and go to Australia, seeing as no one I know has done that specific place before. It would also make working a bit easier as well since there would be no language barrier that may be present in other countries.
The Fisher Global Internship program would aid my future in a multitude of ways. One of the biggest ways it would help me out is by highlighting what I am good at and what I need to improve. It will also force me to be much more self-reliant and for one of the first times in my life actually use what I have learned in school and apply it to real life situations. A third way this experience would benefit me is by increasing my global experiences. One of my goals in life is to work for a multinational corporation, and by partaking in a global internship like this would only help me to set myself up for a business that works across many nations. One little fun goal that I would like to get out of my time of an adventure like this is to meet locals and actually keep contact with them after leaving the country to increase my global network alongside making new friends.
Adam Bose is a first year undergraduate student in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and has the privilege of being a part of the International Affairs Scholars program. In the future, he plans to be working as an investment banker or taking a risk with a start up venture. Currently enrolled at The Ohio State University, Adam is working on a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specilization focused on Finance. Adam is currently involved with intramural soccer and American Marketing Association, but is still exploring his options with extracurriculars his first semester of college in order to find out what his different passions are. While not in class, Adam enjoys staying active by going to the gym or playing pick up games of soccer, and going out with friends and meeting new people. If you have any questions about how the first year experience is at The Ohio State University, contact Adam with questions!
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While some people come to leadership postions through sucking up to elders or by putting people down, I believe in earning a spot. I would never treat my peers as lessers and would especially never put anyone down to make myself look better. My philosophy of becoming a leader is by setting an example. I want to be the person that everyone else wants to be. In my opinion there is no other way to prove yourself as a leader. I have seen too many people gain influential roles due to unethical processes, and I find that to be inapropriate and fake. A person in a leadership role needs to prove why they deserve to be there through work, dedication, and desire.
While this MVP accolade may seem outdated, it is proof of my ability to lead. In my time being at The Ohio State University I have not seen myself in any leadership roles, but that is merely because I want to ease my way into the college lifestyle. As a result of this, I have yet to join many organizations. That, combined with the fact I am a first year, I have yet to find many chances to have a leadership role in anything.
As proven by this simple, yet valuable reward, it presents not only to myself, but others, I have what it takes to fill a leadership role. While it may not be a plaque for Varsity, I was still on a Junior Varsity team with 21 great teammates that were all competing to be the best. However, my coach recognized my individual hard work and determination in practice before regular season games, so I was privileged to captain my team every game and show my worth as a leader. I always held myself to a high standard and it was to no ones surprise when my hard work was compensated with the highest team reward. Although this was during my high school career, I believe it is a way of foreshadowing my drive to become a leader in many of my future endeavours that I wall partake in during my experience at The Ohio State University.
I know what is required of a leader and what is needed to remain there as a role model.