Wow… it is crazy to think I already made it through my first year of college. Almost everyone can agree by now that this year has been wild and it has been a horrible time to be a first-year in college. Being on campus at The Ohio State University for only 4 weeks of this entire year has definitely given me a sense of disconnection from the Buckeye community. I expect this fall I will be a second-year that gives off big first-year vibes. I hope that my few visits to campus this year, along with the time I hope to spend on campus this summer, will help offset my obvious lack of experience in Columbus. On the bright side, I am far from the only one that is in this situation. So, with all that out of the way, shall we get to a more positive note? This spring semester was actually pretty decent. Much better than last fall 100%. I sort of feel like an expert in online learning, it’s basically my minor it feels like. I remember the first week or so of this semester, I was blown away by the lack of stress and the surplus of free time I had. And I do not think that was due to a lack of rigor in my coursework. I had 16 credit hours with two labs in the fall, and this spring, I had 14 credit hours with 3 labs. I would say that’s fairly even. But like I said, some of the ease of this semester came from the fact that I knew what to expect from online learning. Thus, the schooling aspect of this semester I deem a success! Along with that, there are other extracurricular successes that I experienced this last semester that I am excited to share.
First, I applied, was interviewed, and ultimately was the one of 30 applicants selected for the Director of Communications executive board position with the MSF Doctors Without Borders chapter at The Ohio State University. As I mentioned in my last reflection, MSF was the first and only student organization I decided to become regularly involved in due to my passion for health care equality that stems from my experiences with diabetes.I am really excited about this position, as I will be managing the MSF email and leading all communications in/out of the organization.
Secondly, I applied, was interviewed, and was ultimately selected for the Football Recruitment Host position with Undergraduate Admissions at The Ohio State University. With this job, I will be touring and guiding football recruits through gameday while sharing my one of the kind experiences at Ohio State. Furthermore, I will be helping out with general admissions as needed throughout the year. This amazing opportunity is going to be so fun. The recruitment team of 60 hosts gets front-row seats and on the field access to every home game, as well as free team Nike apparel and game day meals.
Lastly, I was elected as a BMS class representative for the 2024 class. Acquiring this elected position was an honor. To be recognized as a leader by my outrageously smart peers means a lot to me. I look forward to returning to Columbus this fall and making up for all the time our cohort has lost due to this pandemic.
In conclusion, this spring semester was ten times better than last fall. Youngstown State University was a nice temporary home but I beyond prefer Columbus campus way more. I am thankful for this experience, even though it has not always been adequate. I truly feel everything has worked out the way it was meant to be. I have grown and will continue to grow from these experiences. Now that school is over, this summer will be spent working, shadowing at the hospital, working out, and relaxing. A much needed break and then it’s back to work this fall with school/diabetes research!