For the service engagement component of the G.O.A.L. acronym I am involved in multiple service driven organizations. This is my first year being involved in the Autism Speaks U chapter here at Ohio State. Today, November 12th 2018, myself and other students from Autism Speaks volunteered at Oakstone Academy, a special needs elementary school in Westerville, Ohio. While we were only there for a brief 2 hours, our time spent with the kindergarteners flew by in a blur. In the spirit of Thanksgiving coming up, four other students and I read multiple books to the 16 children in the classroom and we followed with discussions of Thanksgiving food and what we are thankful for this season. We also facilitated making hand-turkeys with the kindergarteners. I had such a fun time and it reminded me that serving the community (through these kids) can be fun too!
For global awareness, I chose to highlight a recent mission trip I went on this summer. In July 2018, I took an eight day trip with my mom, younger sister, and other members of my church to the Northern mountains of Chisec, Guatemala. Throughout those eight days, I learned so much about how to serving and loving on people from an entirely different world. My church took 28 people on its first trip to this village to build a parsonage for the pastor of the already existing “Iglesia de Nazareno”, or Nazarene Church there. I personally helped set up and lead the vacation Bible school for over 300 children that were in elementary school, at the time, in this village. This was my second mission trip and I learned so much about people from all different cultures. From the very urbanized Guatemala city, to the smaller town Guatemalans that resided in the hotel we stayed in, to the villagers living in intense poverty just miles from the city, we saw it all and interacted with them all differently. It was most impactful for me to see the joy that all of the villagers had, even though they have nothing. I thought to myself, “They have nothing and are filled with joy. I have essentially everything… Why do I still complain about what I have?”. It was a very humbling experience. I definitely have a heart for global missions and I hope that I will get to do many more mission trips in the future.
On Tuesday, November 6th 2018, three other ACES Scholars and I gave a presentation on the Netflix documentary “Tricked” while through the lens of the four ACES pillars, for the ACES Pillars Film Project. The four pillars, community, service, advocacy, and positive social change, play a large role in most social and social justice issues in today’s society. This 2013 documentary follows multiple points of views of people that are directly affected by the sex trafficking issue in the United States. The film allows victims of sex trafficking to speak firsthand on their experiences as well as law enforcement officials who deal with human trafficking in their lines of work to offer their viewpoints. It also allows individuals that control women in human trafficking (pimps) and those individuals who partake in the trade of sex trafficking (johns). Individually, I took a look at the film and the positive social change that occurs in the film. Sex trafficking, or as President Obama claimed, “modern day slavery”, is a growing American epidemic, but that does not mean that there are not individuals trying to help in any way that they can. One example of positive social change seen in this film was Danielle Douglas, a former sex trafficking victim, and arguably the main character of the movie “Tricked”. Danielle’s willingness to publicly share her story is very powerful and her commitment to help other girls that are in a similar situation that she was in is a perfect example of how Danielle is enacting positive social change. Through the ACES Pillars Film Project, I collaborated very well with my group members and I am very proud of the outcome of all of our hard work.
On the morning of October 7th 2018, I participated in the Autism Speaks walk on the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus. This is my first year participating in Autism Speaks U at Ohio State and this was not my first time participating in the Autism Speaks walk but, it was my first time volunteering at the walk. The Ohio State chapter of Autism Speaks U has been selling t-shirts to benefit Autism Speaks at the walk for many years now and this year, we sold enough t-shirts to donate more than one thousand dollars to Autism Speaks this year! I have regularly attended the Autism Speaks Walk in Columbus as a participant in the past but, this was my first experience being a volunteer and being behind-the-scenes. I had a great experience at the Autism Speaks Walk 2018!
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Hello, my name is Elizabeth Croop. I graduated from Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio in May of 2018. I am a Speech and Hearing Sciences major in the College of Arts Sciences here at The Ohio State University. In the future, I hope to be a pediatric speech pathologist specializing in treating the the speech necessities of children with autism spectrum disorder. Here at Ohio State, I am involved in Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars, the Ohio State chapter of Autism Speaks, The National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA), and Cru, a christian movement on campus. During my high school career, I developed my love for working with children through volunteering in my churches nursery and the frequent babysitting of my young neighbors. In my free time, I enjoy singing and playing the piano for my church, reading, playing with my 2 little brothers, and playing tennis. I am very excited to begin my college experience and make lifelong connections and memories while furthering my education.