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, 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.
Thank you for your interest! Please take time to look around at my involvements, activities, and accomplishments listed in my ePortfolio, and feel free to contact me with any questions that may arise.
This semester has presented many obstacles that I have had to face. I have learned new things that I never knew about myself until I had to live on my own, take care of myself on my own, and still remain responsible with my school work and grades. I have had to experience break downs and growths that I never had to when I lived under my parents’ roof. Through all these personal experiences, I’ve grown, learned, and discovered resources to help me adjust to the amount of changes I have had on my journey. Even though it has taken a good portion of the semester to adjust and realize the changes that needed to be made to result in success during my time here, I’m relieved to have discovered these important changes before it was too late to change my ways. I have gained new friendships, especially in my scholars program, and participated in volunteer opportunities that have helped me adjust to my first semester here. On top of doing social activities, I have also found effective study spots around campus that allow me to have time to focus on my school work and create future goals for myself.
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.
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
Mid-Ohio Food Bank: 4 hours
Long-term volunteer opportunities:
The James Cancer Hospital:
I have a weekly volunteer shift of 2 hours, and so far I have accumulated 20 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.
Attached is my resume listing my achievements and activities thus far:
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!