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Coming to college was a big challenge for me, like it is for many people. Personally, adjusting to college life was all about finding balance. I tried hard to follow everyone’s advice; I needed to join lots of clubs (but not too many), make lots of new friends (but don’t stay up too late), and to study hard (but not too hard). And though I am still working to find my balance, I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past year.
I’ve always been a quieter person, and coming to OSU was an intimidating experience for me, and I was worried about meeting new people at such a big school. The size of the school has actually been an advantage for me, I think; I joined several organizations and have met so many amazing people who share my interests. I am much more open to new experiences and I’m not afraid to put myself out there are try new things! I also learned a lot about being a student; classes in college are, of course, very different from highschool. I’ve become a much more independent student, and I think I’ve grown to be much more organized with my time, and hold myself responsible for my grades. As hard as my classes are, I find them to be rewarding and enjoyable, because the topics are interesting to me. I love planning what classes to take; I get so exited for the next semester!
I didn’t have to find my way all by myself, though. Having my older sister here as a mentor really helped me to adapt quickly to my new life. Having a “mentor” when you come to college is something I would recommend to anyone worried about making the transition from highschool to university; whether its an old friend or a new one, having someone there to give you advice, or simply tell you that no one does well on their first General Chemistry exam, can make a world of difference.
This last year has flown by, and I can’t believe that it’s already almost over. Next year, I hope to get involved in even more things, and I am so excited for my courses. Looking ahead, graduation seems so far away, but I’m sure it’ll be here far before I am ready for it!
This year, I had the opportunity to take part in many many types of volunteer activities, and experience many different forms of service. I participated in both Community Commitment and the MLK Day of Service this past year, and it was an amazing to be a part of such powerful events, working together with so many OSU students committed to improving the world around them. For Community Commitment, I helped to clean up trash and debris in a local park frequented by many people in that area. For MLK Day, I went with a group to COSI and helped them to prepare materials to use for educational outreach to kids; being from Indianapolis, this was my first time to going to COSI and it was cool to see all the ways that they interact with kids to encourage interest in learning and the sciences. Through my Scholars program, Health Sciences Scholars, I had the chance to help out at the Garden of Hope, a garden that provides cancer-survivors with fresh, healthy produce. It was a great way to get to know some of my fellow HSS members while spending time outside in the fresh air! Being a part of clubs on campus has also allowed me to get involved in other service opportunities. Through WISE club (Women In Surgery Empowerment club), I was able to volunteer at Van Buren Homeless shelter on two different occasions. I helped in the kitchen to prepare food and serve dinner to the people who came in. Working with the kitchen staff was one of the best parts of my experience there; they had so much joy and passion for serving the people, and their enthusiasm for service was contagious! I’ve also been a part of serving people beyond the Columbus community; through MSF Club, the OSU Chapter of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), I took part in an event for MSF sponsors and was able to hear an MSF missionary speak about her years of service in other countries. My fellow volunteers and I helped guests to use virtual reality goggles, so that they could experience what it was like to live and work in one of MSF’s many camps. It was amazing to see the work that MSF is doing around the world, and I hope to be able to volunteer with MSF as a healthcare worker someday!
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My name is Mary Kozlowski, and I am a freshman at Ohio State University. My intended major is Microbiology, and I plan to add a Spanish minor. I have always been interested in the health field, so I hope to be able to participate in research as an undergraduate and am considering applying to medical school. In my first year, I’ve gotten involved with several organizations on campus. I am a member of the Health Sciences Scholars, an OSU program for students interested in the health professions. I also joined the College of Arts and Sciences Honors program this past spring, and am looking forward to taking honors classes next semester! I am also a member of WISE club (Women in Surgery Empowerment Club) and the OSU Chapter of Doctors Without Borders. As a member of these clubs, I’ve been able to participate in service and learn more about being a health professional. I am hoping to study abroad next summer to improve my Spanish and gain new perspectives and knowledge about other places and cultures!