I have had extremely difficult classes this year. While I learned plenty academically, the most important lesson I learned was how to work with people. Both semesters, one of my classes focused solely on groupwork. While is can be quite enjoyable as the work can be split up between people, I did not have that pleasure. Specifically, the group I worked with during the first semester was tough. There was extremely little communication, uneven workloads and half-effort assignments barely turned in on time. I did not say much during this group as I was worried of being thought of as the girl who took over everything. Going into the second semester, I was worried this would happen again. After many conversations with people close to me, I realized that I needed to be the one to initiate things in order for things to get done. This really helped me in learning that sometimes people just need to be pushed a little in order for something big to be accomplished. After a few “Let’s get going on this” messages, my group reached a point where everything was completed early, with maximum effort, and equal work. Even though this seems like a small accomplishment, this has greatly impacted me.
I am very comfortable in my little bubble and the idea of going out and starting up a conversation was terrifying. While working with my group, I have been able to get out of my comfort zone and am more confident in my abilities to be a successful member of a team. I have been able to take this and relay it into my everyday life. I have always been very shy and I wanted college to be my chance to grow and finally shove myself out of my comfort zone and it has. I learned that I am never going to be able to talk to people unless I put myself out there and am not afraid to say something. With everyday passing, I can feel myself getting more comfortable in my shoes and able to strike up conversations with people I normally would not. I am absolutely loving how, even through COVID, I am able to interact with people who teach me something every day, whether it be about life or myself.
The people who have helped me the most throughout this year is my suitemates. They have been instrumental in me leaving my comfort zone and putting myself out there. I can say, without a doubt, that my favorite memories from this year, are with them. While I cannot pinpoint a specific memory, they all revolve around midnight activities, ranging from dancing to loud music to randomly deciding to walk to buckeye donuts. Our evenings are always filled with happiness and laughter and I do not think I would have had a good year without that.
We have become so close that we planned on living together next year; however, due to the lottery, we could not get a suite. While we were extremely disappointed, we decided on living as neighbors in order for us to stay together. I am looking forward to living close to each other and being able to continue the late-night adventures. Another exciting part of next year is having a car on campus. While staying on campus is great, there is a limited amount of activities we can do, having a car will allow us to drive around Columbus, explore the city, and continue those late-night adventures. I am extremely happy to have completed my first year at Ohio State and I cannot wait to see what the future brings.