Coming in as a sophomore, I was ready to tackle life. I felt confident in all of the classes I was enrolled in and felt assured I was down the right path. My intro to kinesiology class really kick started my interest in exercise science. Now more than ever, I am excited to continue to education here at OSU. Additionally, I decided to pick up a minor in Clinical Psychology. My interest in how the brain works and the reasoning behind decision making really motivated me to further my knowledge in that field. Aside from school, my time on the Ohio State Dance Team continued. In addition to the 2 national championship titles my team and I won last year in the Pom and Jazz category, we added another national championship this year winning with our pom routine. I love putting in all of the time and hard work to represent OSU while continuing my passion for dance. This year I also joined an organization called Breathe Hope. It’s an organization that uses yoga, wellness, and service to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a progressive genetic disease that affects over 30,000 people in the US and for which there is no cure. I had the honor of teaching a dance class at BuckeyeThon to promote Breathe Hope and raise awareness for CF. Breathe Hope has led me to become a part of something bigger than myself or the university. Overall, this year has led me to myriad achievements academically and helped me pursue my interest and goals in life.
This year, I spent my time as a member of an organization called Breathe Hope. It’s an organization that uses yoga, wellness, and service to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a progressive genetic disease that affects over 30,000 people in the US and for which there is no cure. Also, I taught a dance class at BuckeyeThon to promote Breathe Hope and raise awareness for CF.
Kendall Kropp is a third year undergraduate student in the Health Sciences Scholars program. From Toledo, OH, Kendall loves being a buckeye. She is an Exercise Science major with a minor in Clinical Psychology, and she eventually hopes to go to physical therapy school. Additionally, Kendall is a member of the Ohio State Dance Team. Since she was two years old, Kendall’s heart has been with dance. She is honored to represent Ohio State and continue her love for dance. As a dancer, Kendall has learned how to pay close attention to detail, time management skills, and leadership traits. These have helped shape her to the perfectionist she is today. Kendall appreciates all of the opportunities provided at OSU. GO BUCKS!
One unique opportunity I had was being a part of the Columbus Welcome event through the Office of Student Life. The Columbus Welcome is an event put on for all of the incoming freshmen at OSU to welcome them to the city they are about to live in. I helped film and star in videos of me biking around the city of Columbus, showing off all of the diverse activities and sites Columbus provides. In addition to the videos, I participated in a live performance at the Columbus Welcome in front of all of the incoming students.
I had the privilege of talking to Nick O’hanlon, a graduate student earning his doctorate in physical therapy at OSU. Nick graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. What inspired me the most about Nick was how much I could relate to him. As Nick went through undergrad, he became passionate about leadership. He knew that his application to PT school wouldn’t be the most competitive academically, but he was confident his leadership qualities would exceed everyone else. Nick grew as a leader at UC and helped develop the First Year Experience program. Going above and beyond outside of the classroom, Nick was able to learn important characteristics that helped establish him as a quality applicant to PT school. This was inspiring to me because leadership is something I am also passionate about. I want to grow as a leader here at OSU. Through the dance team and my sorority, I want to develop my communication and time management skills to become a well-rounded and competitive applicant for PT school.
Throughout my freshmen year, I completed 20 hours of service. I was able to help serve at the Martin Janis Senior Citizen center. A team of other HSS members and I gardened all morning to fix the landscape on the outside of the building. By pulling weeds and cutting trees, we helped fix the appearance to make the scenery more beautiful for the elderly. Additionally, I helped at multiple dance camps throughout the year. I was able to help teach little girls ranging from ages 7-17 basic techniques of dance. Also I helped run a cheer/dance competition backstage by guiding a young high school dance team throughout their competition. All of these experiences taught me how to be an efficient and effective leader. I learned how to communicate with others and give my time towards the benefit of my community.
Throughout my sophomore year, I completed 40 hours of service. I became involved in an organization called Breathe Hope. It’s an organization that uses yoga, wellness, and service to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a progressive genetic disease that affects over 30,000 people in the US and for which there is no cure. Also, I had the privilege of teaching a dance class at BuckeyeThon to promote Breathe Hope and raise awareness.
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Displayed are my National Championship rings earned from my time on the Ohio State Dance Team. The first (left) is a 2X National Championship ring for winning in both the Pom and Jazz category in 2018. The second (right) is a ring for winning the Pom category in 2019. These rings are significant because they show the hard work and dedication my team and I have put in to represent OSU.
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My first year here at Ohio State was filled with ups and downs. At the beginning, I was quite overwhelmed with all of the changes in my life. There were so many new and exciting opportunities to take advantage of, and it was difficult to adjust to everything. Being a part of the dance team really helped me find my way. It really helped me stay busy and active, and I was able to meet some amazing people on campus. I am looking forward to what dance team has to bring for my future. Academically, I struggled with what I wanted to do with my life in the beginning of the year. I looked into lots of different majors, and HSS aided my exploration of careers. Second semester, I finally ended up switching my major from Health Sciences to Exercise Science. I discovered my passion for the workings of the body and hope to go on to PT school and focus on sports medicine/rehabilitation. Socially, I became really close to the girls on my team and my roommate. Also, I participated in Buckeyethon and joined Kappa Kappa Gamma. Both of these really helped me meet new people and get involved on campus. Going into next year, I hope to take full advantage of what OSU has to offer. I want to excel in all of my classes and develop as a leader in the organizations I take part in.