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Academic Engagement

In my first semester of college I have been exposed to so many new experiences, one of them being the rigor of college courses. Academic engagement is to purposely use your time further your education, inside and outside the classroom. While almost all of college experiences involve some sort of academic engagement, I would like to focus of my time in my chemistry class. In my chemistry class, not only was my knowledge of chemistry tested but also my willpower and motivation to further my education. I pushed myself to go to my lectures and labs and outside of the classroom, I also motivated myself to visit TAs office hours and the chemistry learning center so that I could answer any questions I had. Chemistry pushed my willingness to learn, but now that I have worked hard to keep a schedule and motivate myself to do my work, I can now appreciate the material I am learning in class. In the future I hope to stay on top of work and find new ways to stay motivated during the semester. I plan on doing this by keeping a schedule and learning more about small ways to motivate myself to finish each semester in the future strong.

Service Engagement

Service Engagement at Ohio State means using ones privileges and opportunities to serve others in less fortunate positions than oneself. I hope to take more opportunities at Ohio State, such as the day of service and working at a local food pantry. By getting more involved with my community, I can meet a wide diversity of people and learn from others experience. This past fall I participated in Ohio State’s day of service and helped clean a community garden that provides food for a food pantry. By cleaning up this garden, the local gardener saved time from weeding and pulling food and could focus on expanding her garden and preparing for the next season of plants. I have also participated in helping a local food pantry. While fellow volunteers and I put together bags, the regular volunteers could help customers and stock shelves. This allowed for the food pantry to run smoother and more customers could be helper.

During my first semester of college, I had the opportunity to connect with an older member of the Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars group. I was paired with Disha, a second year commuting student studying molecular genetics.  Together we went to North Market, a collection of markets south of campus, where we got to learn more about each other and she gave me advice for my first year here at college. Before leaving campus, she showed me how to use the COTA busing system and how to safely travel off campus. Once at the market we explored the diverse shops, got a meal to sit and chat. Disha told me her experiences during her first year as a college student while giving me advice and learning more about me. It was interesting to meet another Ohio State student and have some of the nerve-wrecking question of being a new student answered.

During my junior and senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to lead my local blood drive. With the help of a few school faculty members, I was in charge of directing volunteers and caring for donators. During the blood drive, I learned why it is important to donate blood and the impact it can have on others lives. I also ensured that the event would run smoothly, by participating in planning and set-up along with caring for donors, so that the maximum number of donators could give blood and the biggest impact could be made by the blood drive.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

Hi there! I am Mallory Ciesla, and I am an Advocate for Communities and Education Scholar. My major is Chemical Engineering and I plan on minoring in Nuclear Engineering and Aviation. In high school I wanted to pursue research in molecular genetics, but since coming to Ohio State I have discovered my passion for chemistry and aerospace. I am from Lebanon, Ohio (an hour north of Cincinnati). On campus, I am a part of Society for Women Engineers and am a server at Sloopy’s Diner. My hobbies include running, reading, and flying. Yes, flying! When I’m not reading mystery fiction or improving my 5k time, you could probably find me at the Flying Neutrons club and during breaks I have the opportunity to fly recreationally. I hope to one day live in Washington DC and accomplish my goal of becoming a commercial pilot for a major airline company. I am so excited to see what my future in engineering and at the Ohio State University has to hold!