When I saw that I had to visit a non-academic resource I did not know what to think because there was not much that I figured I would need outside of the classroom, but it turns out that there are a ton of things to do outside of the classroom, but I do wish playing badminton or racquetball at the RPAC counted. However, the non-academic resource I chose to use was the Wilce Student Health Center next to the RPAC because I wanted to get the flu vaccine before the onslaught of winter. I found out about the vaccine by seeing signs about it all over campus. I figured it was the easiest thing to do that had the most long term benefit for me, as of right now I do not need study help or stress help. I did really well on all of my midterms that I have gotten scores back for, and I have always had an attitude about myself where nothing has stressed me out. In order to get my vaccine I had to make an appointment, I figured the best way to do this was to go ask at the health center itself. On Tuesday, I went into the health center and asked what the best way was to make an appointment to get a flu shot, and they told me to just walk over to the MyBuckID station, swipe my ID, and select flu shot. Unfortunately, this was after 5 pm, which is when they stop giving out vaccines for the day. I went the next day after class and swiped my ID to find that my insurance was not on record, so I had to walk back to my dorm to get my insurance card and then walk all the back to the health center. Once I got all of that squared away it took at most five minutes to get my shot, bandaid, and be sent on my way. I think the whole process goes as fast as it can possibly go, the only way I could have expedited the process was by making my appointment online ahead of time or by calling, but because I had been by the health center the day before I had chosen to just make it easy on myself. I do not think that the resource could be made any better based on my experience solely because it was both quick and easy to do, the two most important things for me. Again, for me, I do not think that the University is lacking any support services because I did not run into any problems trying to acquire a service that I needed.
In my short time here at The Ohio State University I have had the pleasure of going to a few different club meetings. The clubs that I chose to join on involvement day were the Astro Society, Casual Sports Club, and Buckeye Gaming Collective. I joined the Astronomical Society mainly because as an astrophysics major I figured it would be the best club suited towards my specific major needs. I joined the Casual Sports Club because I love all kinds of sports and considering that casual sports club meets just about once a week to play a random sport and just have fun I thought that this club would also be a lot of fun. Lastly, I joined Buckeye Gaming Collective because I love to play video games and genuinely thought I could try and get on one of the teams, mainly the Rocket League team; unfortunately, my competitive ranking was just one below what they were looking for in order to try out, so that will have to wait until next year.
So far, my favorite club is the one pictured above: Casual Sports Club. During the second week of school or so the club had its first meeting on the South Oval to play glow in the dark capture the flag. I had convinced my friends to also join Casual Sports Club, but none of them were able to go to this first “meeting”, so I chose to go alone. In doing so, I met a lot of people there and had a blast, even though I did not contribute much to the actual game, it was so much fun to just run around on a beautiful night and enjoy myself. The randomly assigned team that I was on just so happened to win the first two games of capture the flag we played, but the third game ended up turning into a game of rock, paper, scissors for who had to go to jail. Somehow, someone on the other team went 7-0 in the rock, paper, scissors match, leading to our inevitable defeat. Before we all disbanded for the night, both teams met in the middle and got into a very interesting conversation about whether or not a hot dog was a sandwich or not. The best definition brought forth was that a hot dog acts like a sub based on bun shape, and because a sub is a sandwich, a hot dog must also be a sandwich. Based completely on first impressions, I knew this was going to be my favorite club I had joined, I have played sports for my entire life and have always loved gym class. I am also extremely competitive and somehow make a competition out of everything, which I have had to learn to tone down while in this club because casual is kind of part of the entire club.
The second club meeting that I went to was for a game of volley-tennis. Volley-tennis is where you play volleyball on a tennis court but can let the ball bounce a total of three times before losing the volley. This means that you can set your teammates up by bouncing the ball in front of the net and having them spike it straight down to keep your opponents from returning the ball; however, the ball cannot bounce more than two times before another person on your team must hit it. The court I was on had a game of four versus four. My team won the first game by a large margin which then forced us to change up the teams. Volleyball is a difficult sport if you have never played it before, but if you have had even a small amount of experience with, it is quite easy to get better at. As someone who has played volleyball plenty before, I had a lot of fun playing this twisted version on the tennis court, even though it was cut short by the massive thunderstorm that rolled in after about thirty minutes of playtime that also soaked me on my walk back to my dorm.
Joining student organizations is so incredibly important for college life because they help me to get involved with other people as well as learn new skills. The best part about student organizations here at Ohio State is that there are so many that even with the mass amount of students that show up on the ovals for the involvement fair every year I still found three great clubs to be a part of. I cannot wait for my next experience with Casual Sports Club.
I am currently a student enrolled in the Stem EE Scholars program at The Ohio State University. I have lived in central Ohio my entire life and have been a life long buckeye fan, so becoming an OSU student was a very simple decision. I am currently majoring in Astrophysics & Astronomy and plan to pursue that major for the entirety of my college life and hopefully land a job working at NASA in the distant future or working in Hawaii, both sound like a nice time. In my short time here at OSU, I joined two clubs because I wanted to have something to do outside of class but not so much that I end up getting no homework or studying done. Those two clubs are the Astro Society and Casual Sports Club. Both clubs involve things I really enjoy participating in: astronomy and many different sports. I plan to attempt to better my leadership skills while participating in the Stem Scholars program. The only previous leadership skills I have been able to work on have been through my job at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in the Guest Relations department as a Team Lead. As a Team Lead I made sure all of our staff showed up for the day and were doing their jobs correctly and in the right spots. On top of this, I was the first person to talk to any guests that had any issues with their day throughout the zoo, had any lost and found items, and just any general recommendations to make what we do better for all. Being a team lead has taught me to keep a level head, connect with employees, and to be able to think quickly; however, I would really like to improve the skills that I feel I lack as a leader: personability and general social skills.
Yesterday, September 10, I went to something that I had never gone to before, a tutoring session. The tutoring that I went to was done by the MSLC, or Math and Statistics Learning Center. I went because of the impending midterm that I had last night at 8:00 pm. Due to this being my first midterm of college, I wanted to make sure that I would not be blindsided by the exam. I was hoping to tie up loose ends that I had questions about. I did take AP calculus AB in high school; however, I struggled deeply in that class and took AP statistics last year, a math class that felt extremely easy and did not challenge me in any way. Because of this combo of struggling in calculus and practically taking a year off of math, I chose to take Calculus 1151 to begin college. By doing this I have been able to clear up many of the issues I had back in high school, but there is no harm in double checking that you are doing everything right, so I went to work on sample exams at the MSLC.
Right when I walked in I noticed how relaxed of a setting the tutoring area is. It is relatively quiet with many places to sit, which I found surprising because of it being the day of the midterm. I too chose to make sure I quietly did my practice and checked my answers against the answer keys. In order to ask the tutors questions, they have a pole of sorts that you put a card into that says “Place in Stand for Help” as shown in my picture below. Thanks to my previous calculus experience, I only had to ask a couple questions to the tutors that were there. The tutors do a fantastic job of scanning the room for anyone that has their placard in their stand and needs help. Both times I put the placard in the stand I immediately had a tutor walking over to help me. The first question I had was just to make sure I was using absolute value functions properly because I had always used them improperly in the past, luckily this time I was using them properly. My second question was because my carmen stopped loading while I was in the tutoring area because it was in the basement of the building that the 1151 MSLC tutoring is in. Because I could not check the answers to practice exam I was taking, I had to ask the tutors for help, which I felt bad for because it felt more like I was wasting their time than asking actual questions like others probably had. Fortunately they did check my answers though and found that my main concern for the exam would be ensuring that I incorporated limits at each and every stage of the problem. For time, I would usually leave out the limit part of solving the problem but in doing so that makes the solution technically incorrect.
As someone who had never studied before for any of my classes because of laziness or that classes have always come easy to me, having an easily accessible tutoring area that doubles as a quiet studying area will definitely make my odds of studying increase as my classes get harder and harder, I cannot wait to use this resource in the future as I need to in order to better my skills or perhaps even becoming a tutor myself to help others ensure their own academic success.
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