Service Reflection: DSWS Day of Service

On November 17th, 2018 I participated in the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Day of Service for 5 hours. I learned about this event through the DSWS weekly email. My group of volunteers went to the Columbus Dream Center to help set up for their Thanksgiving meal. During my time volunteering, I helped clean tables to prepare them for the meal, and we also walked around a nearby neighborhood handing out fliers to invite people to the event. As a result of this service, I learned that even when I am far away from home, I can help bring communities and the people around me closer together. This opportunity impacted me as a leader by reestablishing the importance of community in regards to improving the quality of work in a group and life in general. Because of service learning, I am now able to help many more people whether they be complete strangers or coworkers.

http://columbusdreamcenter.org/

Service Reflection: The Columbus Marathon

On October 21st, 2018 I volunteered at the Columbus Marathon for 5 hours. I found out about this opportunity through the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars weekly email and decided that it would be a fun place to volunteer for a good cause. During the five hours, I helped set up tables and filled cups with Gatorade. Later I handed out cups to runners as they passed by mile marker 17.3. After the runners had passed I then helped with the cleanup of the leftover water and putting away the tables. Even though I don’t have the endurance to run a marathon, it felt good to be able to help the people who were running to raise money for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Through this work, I realized that even if I can not directly work towards helping a great cause, I am still able to help and support the people who can. This new outlook will help me as a leader because it will allow me to better support the people I am working with when they are the only ones that can reach their personal goals. Because of service learning I am better able to work with and support the people around me.

http://www.columbusmarathon.com/

Conciousness of Self

What are some examples of ways that you will apply this information in this scholars’ group and/or in other teams? Write that as if you are explaining it to a friend who has not taken True Colors.

 

In the True Colors personality test my highest score was in the green category. Greens are said to be people who value knowledge, rationality, and versatility in their life. I personally identify with many things of the green color and believe that green can be applied to leadership and support within the Dunn Scholars team and other teams in many ways. Rationality is always a helpful skill to have in a team because often times you need some rational approach to a situation to find the best solution to one. While have the spontaneity and optimism of other colors can provide help to finding solutions to problems, a well thought out and rational approach will be a foundation that other problem solving methods can depend on. Being able to look at problems by viewing the bigger picture surrounding the problem is another helpful aspect of the green personality. A leader always needs to keep an alert and wide view to the situation that they are in. If someone begins to focus too intently on one aspect of a problem, they can begin to lose sight of the bigger picture and other side affects that their solution can have on their surrounding environment. Another beneficial aspect of the green personality is not being afraid to confront complex situations that may take a long time to solve. AS long as a leader has faith in the abilities of themselves and their teammates, no problem is to difficult to face and conquer.

Leadership Post

My baseball coach would always try to view how team members could work together no matter their individual strengths. He would see how people were skilled in their own ways and try to form the most cohesive team organization possible. Whether it be having one person utilize their speed to support a slower or injured player, or using a persons skill at their respective position to support someone who was not playing in their primary position. He would listen to the ideas and problems of players and look at the ideas to try to help their overall team. This is true leadership. A leader must always be able to look at the big picture and try to form a plan that will improve the team as a whole. They take their players different conditions into account, and, instead of chastising the player, a leader supports the athlete. They do their best in order to maintain the well being of the players and improve their health and cohesiveness overall.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • 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.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

DSWS

[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

My name is Ryan McAlhaney and I’m going into my first year at The Ohio State University. I am an Athletic Training major on the pre-physical therapy track.

Sports have always been an important thing in my life. Whether it be playing with friends or staying fit, I have always participated in athletic events. During high school, I played baseball and attended other events like football and basketball games. I hope to continue these things throughout my time at OSU. I joined DSWS because of my want to keep involved in athletics throughout college, and I heard many good things about the loving community that DSWS creates.

Besides sports, I enjoy watching movies and TV, volunteering, and traveling. I love traveling to warmer places like Florida, South Carolina, and Hawaii. Warmer states are a favorite of mine since I grew up around Chicago, Illinois, which can seem very cold to people who aren’t used to it. I love the cold weather and snow, but sometimes I need the change of pace that states with more normal weather patterns can provide. My family and I often like to travel to these places. My mother and father are both graduates of Ohio University, and my sister, Erin, is currently going to Ohio State and was a member of DSWS.

I’m excited for what awaits me in my future in DSWS and at Ohio State.