Year in Review

I grew in so many ways during my freshman year. I became a stronger leader, person and student. Being a Mount Scholar has given me so many opportunities to meet some amazing people, build friendships and connections with staff and alumni and be able to serve the community. I was able to find people with similar interests as me, whether that is serving others or wanting to be involved in the health field. Through my service committee, I was able to learn how to make lesson plans and work with a small group.  Mount legacy week also gave me so many great opportunities to strengthen my skills.  I learned to develop stronger leadership skills and I was able grow new friendships.  I was a media and marketing coordinator which meant that my job was to motivate my team and get them excited for our projects.  I have been beyond grateful to have made such amazing memories and friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

There were many things that were new to me while moving into college.  I was surrounded by emotions of excitement, uncertainty, and nervousness when moving into my dorm.  Being that I am the oldest child, I had no idea what to expect when moving away from my family.  This new start was frightening at first, but I soon found to love the many friends I made on campus.  Although Covid made my freshman experience far from normal, I was able to make the most of it.  I was able to make friends through Mount and classes I was taking.  I found ways to interact with others while being Covid safe.  The most exciting way of interaction I found was going to the gym with my friends.  We were able to push each other in our workouts throughout the year which honestly made my OSU experience so fun.  I looked forward to working out almost every day each week.  Another way I was able to bond with friends was by going shopping at Easton and then getting ice cream at Jeni’s.  I also attended many CAC events which always brightened my day.  I hope that next year I will be able to have an experience that is more normal than this year.

I am excited to continue my 2nd year in Mount and to start the Year of Service. I am looking forward to being a committee chair for CAC next year which will definitely challenge me in my leadership skills.  I am looking forward to getting involved with the Catholic community at the Newman Center by participating in their events and hopefully attending a few of their retreats.  Lastly, I’m looking forward to learning more about my major (Health Sciences) and the career path of becoming an occupational therapist.

I can’t wait for all that happens in the future!


Commitment and Dedication

Staying fit has always been a big part of my life.  Throughout my life, I have always been athletic (competing in gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, track, and golf), but I never put much focus into the training part of sports.  When I first started living on campus, I began exploring the gyms and participating in strength training with my friends.  I didn’t have much prior knowledge about weight training, but soon I realized that I really enjoyed strength training and set goals for myself each week.  At first, these goals were pretty small, but after a while, I started to gain muscle and set bigger goals for myself.  For example, when I first came on campus, I could only leg press 90 pounds.  By the end of the semester, I could confidently leg press 190 pounds (which is more than double the weight I started with).  Another example is shown in the following pictures:

This photo was taken the summer before living on OSU campus.

This photo was taken during winter break — after being on campus for about 4 months.

Clearly, there is a noticeable difference between my arm muscles between the two pictures.  This shows that my dedication to becoming more fit has paid off.  I started by going to the gym twice a week, but soon I was going five times a week because I felt so motivated when I saw results.  Sometimes I felt lazy and didn’t want to go to the gym, but I still went because I believe that I was able to persevere through the difficult moments to become successful.  Working out has taught me to find activities that I love and push myself to do the best I can at those activities.  My dad always told me this saying: “Do your best and forget the rest.”  This saying really motivates me every day.  I say it to myself when I am feeling down or sad.  When I remind myself of this quote, I get motivated to do something great.  Hopefully, those reading this can also use this simple but meaningful quote when they need more motivation.

With motivation, dedication, and commitment, anything can be achieved.


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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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Making an Impact

I chose my Clifton Strengths as my artifact because they have shown me which ways I best lead and have the most potential.  My strengths are includer, adaptability, positivity, woo, and  competition.  During Mount Seminar class, we have been talking about seeing our own strengths.  This is different for me because usually it is difficult to talk about myself.  I’ve found that finding what I’m best at can make me a stronger leader, person, and friend.  I learned my Clifton Strengths right before I went home to lead a retreat called Kairos from September 22,2020 to September 25,2020.

During this retreat, I was able to identify some of the strengths I use constantly and how I put them in action.  For example, includer was found to be my best strength, and throughout the week of leading a small group, I was able to see that strength being used.  I made sure that everyone in my small group felt welcome and included in our small group discussions.  I always try to make the environment as welcoming as possible so that all people feel welcome.  There was one girl in my small group who was very introverted and quiet.  At first, she only said a couple of sentences to the group, but by the end of the week she was open and shared with us.  I believe that my strength of being an includer helped this happen.

The other main strength I used throughout the retreat was adaptability.  I actually didn’t find out that I was going to lead this retreat until about a week and a half before it began.  As you can imagine, I was not completely prepared coming into the retreat.  I led another Kairos retreat last year, but this one was very different — being that there was a small preparation time and covid-19 rules.  There were also times where my co-leader had to leave the small group room to take her classes.  This left me alone to lead the group by myself which I had never experienced.  It was definitely different, but I actually really enjoyed leading a small group by myself.  Although this experience may seem a bit chaotic and stressful, I am always calm in these types of situations.  This retreat was definitely not like the past time I led, but I was open to change and everything fell into place.

Lastly, my strength of positivity came in to play many times throughout the retreat.  As I mentioned before, some things did not go as planned, but I had to keep my head up.  For example, one thing we always do after someone gives a talk is every single person goes up to the speaker and hugs him or her.  Due to covid, we obviously couldn’t do this during the retreat.  Since I tried to stay positive about the situation, I told my small group that we should make up a motion that meant “I care for you” and we would do that motion after each talk was given.  Another example was that the leaders couldn’t make hot chocolate at night for the retreatants, so instead we brought each of them a cookie and they were really happy about it.

Overall, I believe that my ability to acknowledge my CliftonStrengths helped me in my process of leading a retreat.  These strengths are really important to me because they show me how I can become a better person.  I will continue to focus on these strengths so that I can become a stronger leader in the future.

About Me

Hi, my name is Marissa Marquez and I am a first year student at The Ohio State University.  I am majoring in Health Sciences on the pre-physical therapy/pre-occupational therapy track.  I also plan to minor in Disability Studies.  I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Dayton, Ohio in the 7th grade.  I attended Incarnation Catholic School in Centerville, Ohio for 7th and 8th grade and  Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio.  I was very involved during high school; I was apart of Varsity Golf and Gymnastics teams, summer mission trips, science olympiad (captain), Kairos retreat leader, National Honor Society, academic team, student ambassadors, and SADD (students against destructive decisions). I also enjoyed hanging out with friends and going on hikes in my free time.  Service, academics, and being active in my community were my main priorities in my high school career.  I plan to make these a main priority in my college career as well.


At The Ohio State University, I am a part of the Mount Leadership Society Scholars.  This program will help me excel in my academics and give me plenty of opportunities to serve and give back to the Ohio State community.  Also, I am a part of the Service committee within Mount.  In this committee, I help plan and organize service events for each month.  This committee spot will make my passion for my service grow.  I was selected to be a chair for Mount’s Community Activities Committee which plans many bonding events, the parade float, and the formal for Mount.  This will help me with my leadership skills and skills with creating lesson plans.  I am also very invested in staying fit — I try going to the gym at least three to five times a week.  I am very dedicated to working out because it keeps me motivated.  I plan to also join some clubs that deal with coding or physical therapy because those things really interested in.


After The Ohio State University, I plan to get a Master’s degree for occupational therapy.  I have a passion for helping kids with disabilities.  I’ve done many service projects helping kids with disabilities and I really love it.  I’ve volunteered at Stepping Stones summer camp in Cincinnati and Abilities First in Middletown.  I can’t wait to have a job that I enjoy and put so much hard work into!  I will also try to continue going on mission trips each summer because I have a strong passion for serving others.


I am so excited for my experience here, at The Ohio State University!