Expanding My Reach Through Volunteering

In my Spring Semester of 2019 most of my volunteering has been helping others achieve their goals. And when the volunteering wasn’t doing that, it was a service to the community.

I volunteered at the Dunn Dash Indoor Triathlon for 4 hours as a lap tracker for the run. But it was so much more than just lap tracking; it was a chance to motivate and meet people who had been training for months solely for this event. I would ask the runner their goal and then have them shoot higher than that, I even ran with one man on his last lap so he could reach his goal. This opportunity has given me a chance as a person and a leader to realize what the effect of a motivator can have on a person; even after training there can be doubts in your mind and having a person in your corner to cheer you on helps more than words can describe.

I have also volunteered for 2 hours doing flag details at hockey and basketball games for the university through my ROTC and the club I am apart of, Converse Guard. I believe that doing these provides a service to the community that reminds people about the country we live in and shows service members that there is a next generation willing to step up and fill their shoes. I learned that I enjoy the chance to show the community what affect the military can have on a person and that I enjoy representing my country, branch, and school in front of people. The older cadets have seen my appreciation and enthusiasm for these events and have talked to me about actually teaching the Converse Guard class to one of the future classes.

I am going to volunteer at the USAPL 2019 Collegiate National competition for 5 hours on Saturday, April 13. I learned about this from another DSWS member who is actually competing in the competition, Madison Rivero. At this event I will be volunteering as a spotter/loader for the competitors, again helping someone reach their goals that they have trained hard for. I will follow up this event with an email containing pictures of me doing this job.

Because of service learning I am more apart of the community on campus and of Columbus as a whole.

The Joy of Volunteering

My first day volunteering this semester was on October 6th for an hour when I was a part of the football flag detail for the OSU/Indiana game. I learned about this from and volunteered for this with my AROTC. During this volunteering opportunity I escorted the flag from Converse Hall to The Shoe where I then assisted in raising the flag during the National Anthem, then after the game, I assisted in lowering the flag and escorting it back the Converse Hall. Through this act of service I learned that I thoroughly enjoy making veterans and families of veterans happy; during the walks there and back I could hear and see how much watching the younger generation doing this meant to these people.

My second day of volunteering was on October 21st for five hours when my scholars program helped set up and tear down the Columbus Marathon along with handing out water and Gatorade to the runners. I learned about this from my scholars program, Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars. From this opportunity, I learned that I enjoy helping people reach their goals and that even a smile or a thumbs up can boost morale on a cold, windy Ohio day.

My third day of volunteering was on November 17th when, again, I volunteered with my scholars program. My scholars program informed me about this volunteering opportunity where I helped break down old college wardrobes that were then going to be turned into desks for families and individuals who cannot afford basic housing furniture. This was five hours of fun and joy working with The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. On this day, I learned that I enjoy using my hands to make a difference; that manual labor to help really drives me.

As a leader, volunteering has made me want to go out and maybe start a volunteering group to help veterans that are on the older side. Not only would do they deserve the help after what they did, but there are so much history and so many life lessons that we as a generation could learn from them. Because of service learning,  I am feeling more a part of the Columbus community than I was at the beginning of this semester.

True Colors Reflection

The “True Colors” personality assessment categorizes you into one of four colors: Orange, Gold, Green, and Blue. Each one of these groups have their own strengths, as well as their own weaknesses. If you know what group the people in your team, company, program, etc. are in then you can take steps to help create a more diverse as well as better achieving team.

For example, in the military the smallest organized group you have is the team. The team is comprised of four people each with a different position to play based on their strengths, but they work together despite their differences to accomplish the mission. It wouldn’t be that smart of an idea to put people with the same mindset (group color) all in one team; they might get along very well, but if they all think in the same way and that way doesn’t work for a certain situation then the mission won’t get completed.  You need some people who can plan the mission, as well as people who can think on their feet when the mission doesn’t go as planned.

Leadership: What and Who

Leadership to me is being able to get done what you need to get done while using the resources available, but more importantly being able to care for the well-being and development of those under you.

Back in middle school I tried out for the basketball team. Now, I wasn’t the biggest, strongest, or fastest, so when we had the cuts during tryout week I doubted that I would make it any further in tryout week. But the last day of tryouts rolled around and we were all sent home with a letter, some saying “Congratulations! You’ve made the team,” others saying “I’m sorry, but you have not made the team.” I was so doubtful of myself that when I got home my mom had to open my letter for me… I made the team. The next day at practice I went up to my coach and asked him, “Coach, not that I’m not happy. But how did I make the team?” He told me it was because of the effort put in. He assured me that he could teach me how to shoot but nobody can teach effort and dedication.

The reason I chose Coach Rawlings as my leader example is because he fit my definition of leadership; he chose to help me develop as a basketball player rather than worry just about winning. The second reason I chose him is because, even after that basketball season, he continued to be someone I could go to whenever I needed help. He never turned me away and always tried to help me develop further along throughout my high school career.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

[Your “About Me” is a brief biographical statement that might include your intended major, your academic interests, your goals, as well as the things that make you unique.  Definitely include a picture! Also, remember that you can always update this post at any point. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]