This semester I volunteered at the Columbus marathon and creating a new rugby pitch with my old rugby team. I volunteered at each for five hours. I learned about the Columbus marathon through DSWS and about the rugby volunteer opportunity through a church in my home town. At the Columbus Marathon, I help set up the water station and during the marathon passed out cups of water and Gatorade. At the rugby event, I helped set up stands for spectators and helped cut grass and paint the field. Both of these events gave me the opportunity to help those who needed it. The marathon is a huge event in Columbus and needs a lot of people to run it. The fact that DSWS provides a large group of people to do a small service for free, helps the organization a lot. At the rugby volunteering event, we came together to bring rugby to a part of the state that hasn’t seen it before. We were working together to spread rugby as a sport and to make it more known. While volunteering I learned that I love helping others and making other people’s lives easier. I came to realize that if given the opportunity to help those in need, I should always take it. As a leader, service has impacted me by showing me what I am capable of doing. Volunteering showed me the amount I can do to help the community with even the smallest of tasks. Because of service learning, I am a better person.
My “True Color” was orange. This was the competitive, outgoing, adventurous color. I found this very fitting for my personality. I believe I am a very outgoing, talkative, and extroverted person. I can use these traits to my advantage by getting to know more people, and by building stronger relationships with the people I already know within this scholar group. This can help me in the future because I then will have more connections. I can also benefit from my extroverted personality, by trying to get more people involved. This will not only help myself, but it will help others, which is one of my main goals in life. I could take the opportunity to invite my fellow DSWS members to go out and do more active things within our community. This may also benefit the community because we could be doing volunteer work. DSWS has a lot of very willing people, who want to get out and help the community. I could use my courageous and open-minded traits, described by the orange category, to organize these people and find places that need help. My color also describes me as opportunistic. This trait will greatly benefit me within this program, because I will be willing to jump on any opportunity that is given out to us, for example, in a weekly email. Being categorized under the orange color will also help me become a great leader. DSWS focuses on creating strong leaders, and with the traits an orange person possesses, I believe I will excel at this. A great leader is someone who is willing to take risks, to be daring, and to also be courageous. I believe I have all of these traits and they will help me be the great leader I want to be.
The one example of leadership that really sticks to my mind, is the rugby captains, Gillian and Bailey, I had this last season. They led us to a state championship win and they did it with such grace and dignity, it was amazing. They were able to communicate to the team very well, and always kept us on track. We all respected them because of the great leadership qualities they possessed, and I believe that really helped them with the stressful captain role.
I believe this is great leadership because without their communication we would not have been able to work together as a team. On and off the field they were always talking and updating us to let us know what was expected or what to expect. This is also a great example of leadership because even though they had the power, they never let it go to their heads. They acted as if they were one of us and always incorporated the other players’ ideas. They didn’t use their power to get ahead, but instead used it to push the team to be the best we could be.
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My name is Lucy Marshall. I am a first-year student at Ohio State. I am majoring in Athletic Training on a Physical Therapy track. I wanted to work in this field due to all the injuries I sustained, including a torn ACL and meniscus, as well as broken bones and concussions. The people who helped me recover as swiftly as possible, influenced me to lead a life helping others and making sure athletes recover quickly and correctly. Sports have always been a part of my life. My father was a soccer coach and my mother was the president of our town’s tennis club.
I have tried all different kinds of sports; soccer, tennis, track, volleyball but ultimately my favorite sport to play, despite all my past injuries, is rugby. The community, style, and aggressiveness of the sport are what I am so attracted to. I definitely hope to continue playing rugby at OSU, even if that means building a whole new team from scratch or just playing pick-up games. My past in sports and intent to continue my career in sports led me to join the Dunn Sports and Wellness Scholar program at Ohio State.
Another big part of my life is volunteering. Every summer I volunteer for our town’s safety town and for a program called Soccer4All. Safety town is very important to me. I believe it’s very important for young children to learn how to stay safe while having lots of fun. Soccer4All is another thing I hold very dear. I’ve been participating since the 7th grade. Teaching kids with disabilities to play soccer has taught me to always look on the bright side. The kids always come with smiles on their faces ready to play and it has always warmed my heart. I’m hoping to continue volunteering while at Ohio State and to find friends who are willing to help me with making other’s lives better.
I am from Hudson, Ohio, about two hours away from campus. My older brother, Craig is at Colorado State getting his Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Craig also played rugby in high school and was a big reason I decided to try it. My sister, Tyler, also attends Ohio State and is majoring in Biology. We are super close and love playing video games together as well as watching documentaries. William, the youngest of the Marshall family, is in the 5th grade and is a great actor, but is mostly invested in Fortnite. We all love traveling the country and the world. We have been to Great Britain, China, Singapore, Canada, as well as many states in the country.
I’m very excited to meet new people, try new things, and start my adventure at The Ohio State University!