Steps for Sarcoma

My Biological Sciences Scholars Program got to volunteer at the Steps for Sarcoma walk/run. Steps for Sarcoma raises money for orthopaedic sarcoma pilot research, and promotes improved patient outcomes and quality of life. My position was at the dog station, where I handed out bowls of water and doggy bags to the
participants who had dogs with them. It was an experience to interact with the other workers at the table, and the runner/walkers and their dogs as they came by us.

 

Columbus Zoo: Animal Health Rehabilitation Center Tour

The Biological and Health Sciences Scholars took a trip to the Columbus Zoo. During the trip, we got to take a tour through the Animal Health Rehabilitation 
Center and see where the veterinarians and vet technicians cared for the animals. Animals were brought here if they were sick, injured, or if they needed a check-up. We got to learn about the history of the center and about personal projects some of the veterinarians have done. In the picture below, the picture frame talks about the “giraffe project”, which is one of the projects completed by a veterinarian at the center. The veterinarian on this project got to travel to Africa to complete a blood test on a giraffe to learn more about them. This newly renovated center now allows the staff to have the best space and resources to keep the animals healthy. We got a glimpse at how close the animals are with the staff, and the trust the staff has developed with the animals is unbreakable. They informed us that the trust betweeen the staff and the animals is their top priority, next to their health, because having their trust allows them to complete tasks more efficiently and take care of their health properly. This tour gave me the opportunity to see how the animals are cared for, and what the facilities look like.

Star House

The Biological Sciences Scholars Program went to volunteer at Star House in Columbus to sort through the donations and organize the donation room. We were able to learn about Star House history and what they offer to the homeless youth that come to them. Star House provides the youth homeless and alone with food, clothing, backpacks and bags, and hygiene items. Not only do they provide these basic items, they also offer two full-time therapists who are there to provide individualized treatment. The therapists also connect the youth to other resources in the area to provide them with additional help, and they also serve as advocates to help the youth accomplish their goals. I have attached the website if access is needed for more information on volunteering, donating, or receiving help from them! https://starhousecolumbus.org/services-2/ 

About Me

 

Hi, my name is Shelby Gregory and I’m from Fayetteville, Ohio. I am currently a freshman here at The Ohio State University, and I’m pursuing a dual degree in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry. I am a member of the Biological Sciences Scholars Program, as well as being involved with MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere), Humanism in Medicine, Block O Club, and volunteering in the ENT Clinic at The James Cancer Hospital.

During high school I participated in College Credit Plus at University of Cincinnati Clermont Branch, graduating high school with 64 credit hours. I am very passionate about being involved with the school and my community, as it showed through my participation as Secretary of my class, Treasurer of Art Club, President of Chemistry Club, a member of Science Club, Mock Trial, and Academic Team. I intend to be just as involved during my undergraduate career here at The Ohio State University to help and learn more about my new community, as well as meet new people.

 

G.O.A.L.S.

Global Awareness: I plan to do a yearly, week long volunteer brigade during my time here at OSU. This brigade will allow me to go to a different country to volunteer for a week alongside doctors, dentists, and nurses to do pop up clinics and different sessions to check the health of the people in that country. I have this amazing opportunity through my MEDLIFE club. I want to expand my knowledge on the different cultures that are in different countries, and this will be the perfect opportunity to do so.

Original Inquiry: I am very interested in getting involved with research, and although any area would be fascinating for me to be a part of, a specific area that has more recently spark my interest is epilepsy. Although this research isn’t directly related to my future career goals, it is something my family has been challenged with here recently, which makes me want to be part of research to eventually determine what factors are related to the cause of this, and what can be done to end epilepsy.

Academic Enrichment: I am pursuing a dual degree in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. I’ve always known that I wanted to go in to Biology because of my interest in it during high school and post secondary. I decided to add on Psychology after reflecting on my past classes and seeing how interested I am in learning about how the human brain works. These majors will allow me to challenge myself, and learn more for my career.

Leadership Development: Throughout my time here, I want to obtain a leadership position in one of my clubs or in my scholars program. I know that having a board position will give me many opportunities, allow me to be in charge, and I’ll be able to be more involved and dedicated with it. During my time in one of these roles, I know I am going to learn a lot of skills that will help me in my future opportunities and career.

Service Engagement: I have been involved with serving my community through many small volunteer opportunities as well as a long-term volunteer position. My long-term volunteer position is at The James Cancer Hospital in the ENT Clinic, and I have the opportunity to volunteer here once a week. These volunteer opportunities allow me to serve others and learn as I do so.

Career

Since I have been at The Ohio State University, I have had volunteer opportunities that are logged below. These opportunities are thoroughly explained under the “artifacts” tab. I plan to continue participating in any volunteer opportunities that I encounter. My short-term volunteer opportunities include:

Wesley Glen Retirement Community: 4 hours

Star House: 2 hours

Steps for Sarcoma: 3 1/2 hours

Long-term volunteer opportunities:

The James Cancer Hospital:

I have a weekly volunteer shift of 2 hours, and so far I have accumulated 12 hours.

 

My volunteer opportunities have allowed me to gain skills of leadership, confidence, and have shown me how to interact better with others. My position at the hospital has shown me how a clinic runs, how to interact with patients, nurses, and doctors that are there, how to clean rooms, the process of taking patients to check-out , and many other skills that will help me in my future career in the medical field. This particular opportunity allows me to see a glimpse of how my future will look.

Wesley Glen

There’s no better way to spend an evening than playing bingo at your local retirement home. Wesley Glen Retirement Community gave the Biological Scholars an opportunity to come up to get to know the residents of the community, with a night of Bingo to follow. This opportunity allowed me to get to know some residents in my community, and get to hear some great stories from their past experiences. Pictured is myself with 2 of my fellow scholars, with two lovely ladies we had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know, Virginia and Naomi!