Items I consider to be representative of my academic interests and achievements would be my certificates of enrollment in the National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society in high school. These physical embodiments of my hard work and effort are a reminder of and testament to persistence and consistency. These have both taught me those qualities and their importance in school, work, and life, in general. My enrollment pushed me to perform at a higher level in my classes as well as influenced me to get even more involved in service work. The Spanish National Honors Society, in specific, impelled me to become more involved with the Spanish language and culture. In fact, it allowed me to earn my seal of biliteracy. In my next steps, I can see how these will influence me, primarily in terms of motivation. These sheets of paper are living proof of the outcome of effort and reliability, both of which are qualities I hope to continue to pursue.
One of my greatest accomplishments, as mentioned in my About Me, would be my Department Medal for English. It is so important to me because it is like a physical representation of all of the work I’ve put into my writing and a reward for that hard work. Writing is one of my strongest assets and a gift I am so grateful for. This achievement taught me that all hard work is rewarded in some way or another. It also taught me to acknowledge my gifts and utilize them, as well as to treat everyone with kindness and respect. I hadn’t even known I’d received the medal until others informed me and, when I had asked a teacher about it, it turns out that I was head to head with another student but because of how I held myself in my classes, I was chosen to receive the medal. In my next steps, I feel that this was such a monumental thing for me. It put into perspective that writing is something that I would like to pursue. Thus, I am considering a degree in English with minors to supplement such as business and professional writing.
My name is Lucia Elizabeth Marchese, but, amongst my plethora of nicknames, I prefer to go by Lucy. I am the oldest of three children and have a large extended family. I’ve been a Buckeye all my life, having grown up in Westerville, Ohio and have attended Catholic schooling for majority of my life. If asked to describe myself in three words, I would say determined, humorous, and intelligent. I love a challenge and pushing myself to my limits. In addition, I’m always cracking jokes and trying to make people smile, so much so that I was awarded the senior superlative of Class Clown. One of my greatest achievements, correlating with a skill of mine that I am most proud of, would be winning the Department Medal for English. I love to write and spend a good amount of time working on my bullet journal. I enjoy playing tennis, as well, and was involved with the musicals in high school. I have a large place in my heart for my faith, too, which has given me the opportunity to find a love for service work. I am very interested by languages and am certified biliterate in Spanish in the state of Ohio. I love spontaneous adventures and can’t wait to see what my time at the Ohio State University will bring to me.
Being a freshman, I am finding it a bit tricky to be a leader in larger things yet have been able to pursue leadership in smaller ways. One of the primary ways I demonstrate leadership is in my group projects. I am normally the one to begin the work or help assign roles to individuals. In terms of leadership in my past, I was Vice President of my Spanish Club in high school as well as the backbone of my school’s Wellness Club. In both of those, I was called to create ideas for club activities, choose dates for those activities, and share them with my school. I also worked at a daycare center, in which, eventually, I was looked upon to train individuals. I hope to carry these leadership traits into college once I am offered more opportunities. As for the future, my dream job would be a prominent editor at Penguin Random House, a job that would require leadership skills such as organization, determination, and passion.
As mentioned in my About Me, I am very passionate about service work. I was first introduced to it in my Church through sandwich making or going to soup kitchens with my family. My parents have truly shown me what it means to care for one’s community, and I’m very grateful to them for leading the way. As I got older, I began to become more involved with service. A primary way of involvement was assisting my mom with Children’s Liturgy at my church. There, I would help kids to pay attention while teaching them about the readings for the week. In addition, I have been able to volunteer at Vacation Bible School over the past few summers, in which I would lead a group of children and, again, instruct them about the Bible. In my time at Ohio State, I have already been able to attend various service events, whether it be cleaning up a nearby community or helping a nearby garden. One thing in particular that I am very passionate about is my work at the hospital. I was trained to be a Eucharistic minister for the sick through the Newman Center. In doing so, I have been able to offer communion to people throughout each of the hospital buildings who otherwise would not have been able to receive it. I feel very privileged to do something so meaningful to others and have seen that simply sharing some of your time with those who don’t have many visitors or just need someone to talk to is extremely powerful. I am very excited to see what other opportunities come my way while still continuing to pursue service opportunities I am already involved with.
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- 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.]
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