- Volunteered at St. Stephen’s Community House as a Marketing Intern
- Completed my second semester as a staff member at the Ohio Leadership Institute
- Switched specializations (majors) from International Business to Marketing
- Added a History of Art Minor
- Completed over 100 hours of service for my Year of Service in Mount Leadership Society Scholars, surpassing the minimum of 50 hours
- Applied for and accepted my position as an Event Planning Volunteer on the PINK Campus Team
- Applied for a leadership position in Delta Delta Delta’s Nu Chapter and slated to Reference Chairman
- Made Dean’s List
- Applied for and accepted position in Arcadia University’s Summer Program in Perugia, Italy
- Aided in leading a successful recruitment for Delta Delta Delta’s Nu Chapter
- Added a second specialization (major), International Business
- Successfully completed my participation in Mount Leadership Society Scholars
- Served second semester on PINK Campus Team
Working with the Senior Services department at St. Stephen’s Community House was an experience I will never forget and cannot express my indebtedness for greatly enough. As a result of my time, I learned a substantial amount about a future career in marketing and nonprofits, and how St. Stephen’s truly makes such an important impact on the Columbus community.
One of the most vital parts of my internship was that I obtained crucial experience in my future field. Not only did I develop my skills in Microsoft Office and graphic design, but I learned how to network better within my community and with others. I discovered how to meet the needs of clients and market in a way to gain new ones; I found that learning about St. Stephen’s needs first allowed me to do this in a successful manner. However, my favorite learning experience was working with a nonprofit. This was something I had never done before and a place where I finally found my love for serving others could merge with my interest in business; after a long search, this experience allowed me to find a career path that undoubtedly will bring me fulfillment emotionally and intellectually. Additionally, I realized what it is like to work in a positive, community-driven, unified environment, and no matter where I go, St. Stephen’s will serve as a point of unmatched comparison.
My time at St. Stephen’s also allowed for me to learn the difference in eleven miles. Growing up in New Albany, I did not even know what was occurring in my backyard. St. Stephen’s exposed me to another part of my community and why its work is so essential and needed within it. Poverty, inequality, hunger — these are just some of the issues the community hub tackles. Although these are not problems that can be fixed overnight, St. Stephen’s taught me that each decision I make should go towards doing what pulls at my heartstrings, if it’s solving world hunger, eliminating inequality, or anything else. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to continue to volunteer as deemed necessary this semester; St. Stephen’s is such a beneficial part of the community and I am thrilled to still be involved with my St. Stephen’s family in one way or another.
During my first year at Ohio State, I was required to take StrengthsQuest as a part of my participation in Mount Leadership Society Scholars. Although I resonated with my strengths, I did not realize nor reflect upon their accuracy until I had completed my Year of Service in the same scholars program. My five Signature Themes are as follows:
According to StrengthsQuest, these five are defined as such:
“People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations. People who are especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them. People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters. People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do. People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.”
Immediately upon receiving my results, and to this day, I wholeheartedly and strongly identify with empathy and includer. With my empathetic trait, I am able to understand the feelings of others very well, almost always without judgement. Similarly, with includer, I know the hurt and polarity that can come from exclusion, and strive to find the connections between all people that bring us together. I feel these strengths have been highlighted in countless situations: if it’s listening to and encouraging students at the Ohio Leadership Institute when they are doubting their abilities, or passing out donuts to everyone after a divided 2016 presidential election.
However, initially I was a little drawn back by communication and woo. I often view myself as too talkative and eager when expressing ideas, and that my people-pleasing trait sets me back in losing myself. Yet, StrengthsQuest allowed me to view these perceived weaknesses as the strengths they really are. My desire to communicate with others allows me to hear myriad perspectives, articulate my thoughts and feelings clearly, and present with gusto and confidence. Moreover, my “woo” and determination to be likable pushes me to forge all kinds of connections that I am so proud to possess. It also lets my friendliness and kindness to shine through.
In my Year of Service with the Ohio Leadership Institute and St. Stephen’s Community House, I have seen all my Signature Themes shine through. I have found that in moderation, all have their benefits and should not be looked upon as hinderances, but instead as ways to positively bring myself to a situation. These qualities heavily contribute to defining my leadership style and by knowing them better, I can see my potential more clearly.
Delta Delta Delta’s Nu Chapter Reference Chairman (2018)
Mount Leadership Society Scholar
Ohio Leadership Institute Staff Member (2016 – Present)
Dean’s List (AU 2016, SP 2017, AU 2017)
Up-to-Date as of March 18, 2018
As of 12 hours ago, I have officially completed over 30 hours of service at St. Stephen’s Community House for the Fall 2017 semester. This semester, I enrolled in ESHESA as a component in completing my Year-of-Service Project for Mount Leadership Society Scholars. In taking the class, I was assigned to complete a minimum of thirty hours of volunteer work at this site.
Upon my arrival, I met my site supervisor, Daphne Franklin, who informed me that due to my major, I would be forming and running a Marketing sector under the Senior Services Department. We established two main goals for the remaining ten weeks: to obtain two new client bases and to increase Thanksgiving Luncheon attendance. To accomplish these goals, I determined I would monitor expansion, create printable marketing materials, and complete visits to local senior residences. By the end of my time, I had helped to increase Thanksgiving Luncheon attendance from 100 to over 150 and obtain the client bases of Hegemon and Northland Village Condos.
The attached document is the tri-fold I redesigned entirely for the resource center. I focused on making it eye-catching, emphasizing the complementary nature of the services, and providing an overview of the main resources. Soon after, I updated the pictures to add a personal aspect to the flyer. Finally, I omitted unnecessary information that would clutter the space and was not vital to the seniors’ knowledge. The new tri-fold was a huge success and received a positive appraisal from both my supervisors and the seniors; it undoubtedly helped me accomplish both of my overarching goals. However, meeting my goals was not the only rewarding part of my time.
My experience at St. Stephen’s gave me a perspective on business I had yet to experience: nonprofits. In a nonprofit, I found a place where my love for service and knack for business could harmonize and create an unrivaled symphony. With this newfound discovery, I plan to expand my business interests to nonprofits and will remember this in applying for internships. Even if I do not work for a nonprofit, this opportunity reassured me that I must be somewhere that has the passion for helping others that I possess, as this is what drives me and generates my best work and effort. Although I will only be working at St. Stephen’s monthly moving forward, I know I have a place in their family now that is unwavering; I am so grateful for the opportunities they continue to provide me to both discover by niche, foster my zeal, and improve upon my business skills.
An assignment that started as a simple requirement for a class ended up being one of the greatest learning moments of my college career; what started as a thought of “keeping an open mind” evolved into a passion and drive that I will strengthen and carry with me permanently.
With Mount Leadership Society Scholars, I have had the privilege of having service opportunities right at my finger tips. Throughout my freshman year, I got to engage in various short-term service opportunities every month and helped to create multiple service projects in February relating to global issues. Some of these included volunteering the Fall Harvest Jamboree, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and numerous other institutions in Columbus. My second-year has been even more expansive and more rewarding; in my scholars program, I have planned to complete a minimum of 75 hours of service before March through the Ohio Leadership Institute and St. Stephen’s Community House.
In addition to my service engagement with Mount, my sorority has also provided unforgettable opportunities to fundraise for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. From selling pancakes on the Wex Plaza to cheering on soccer teams to play for the kids, the charity has grown deep in my heart and I have had the blessing of promoting it in such a fun, memorable, rewarding way. Undoubtedly, I have grown to love serving others and giving back, and plan to continue my efforts both professionally and personally.
Sophomore Year: Currently, I am an active member of Delta Delta Delta and serve on the public relations and Meet The Chapters recruitment committees. I also was selected as one of ten girls to serve on the PINK Campus Team this semester, and I hope to reapply next semester and apply to be a Campus Representative in the near future. Along with my developing leadership experience, I feel I have gained a lot of knowledge from Mount Leadership Society Scholars and my BUSMHR 2292 course. I have learned that being a leader means knowing when to listen and when to speak, conversing to listen, not to respond, expressing empathy for others, upholding values with your actions and words, and above all, doing what you say and saying what you do. With all of my experiences, I have found universally applicable skills that have shown me how to take on professional, scholastic, and recreational leadership positions instead of dictating positions.
I have dedicated myself to the ideal of academic enrichment by creating a rigorous course-load in an intellectually-stimulating major, in addition to my hobbies and involvement. I chose to pursue my BSBA in Marketing because it combines various passions of mine (business, charisma, and human connection) and I knew it would challenge me in the exact way that I needed: requiring of hard-work, but manageable. My loved ones encouraged me to pursue my minor of Art History due to the fact that it utterly fascinates me and I could talk about it for hours; I love studying the history, stories, ideals, and revolutions behind works. Many of my GE commitments were fulfilled in high school, but the ones I have had remaining I have chosen in hopes that they overlap with other commitments or really capture my interest.
My completion of collegiate GE requirements in high school is the tip of the iceberg in my desire to go above and beyond. In college, I have continued to push myself to consistently exceed expectations in my course work and have obtained a 3.922/4.0 GPA for my first two semesters, in addition to currently holding straight As in mainly major and minor classes. Further, I have integrated a diverging minor into my curriculum to satisfy all of my passions while diversify my course of study. Overall, I feel I have designed the perfect harmony of the arts and business sciences that pushes me to think in unique ways and obtain a holistic education.