The picture above shows an award I received in high school. The award I received was called “The Living the Truth and Love Award” from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School which is a prestigious award granted to two students from each grade level per year for outstanding leadership and exemplifying the school’s mission statement. The schools mission statement is based on the principle of educating leaders to transform the world around them through service and leadership as Jesus. I am proud of this award because I feel it exemplifies who I am as a person. I strive to be person of integrity and compassion always, trying to serve others as Jesus would have. By receiving this award, I was looked at by others as a role model to live their lives by which is something I always strive for. While I make many mistakes, I always try to be the best person God created me to be. This award is also the foundation of transforming me into a Mount Leadership society scholar which is based on very similar principles such as servant leadership.
One of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of my high school career was serving as the student council president at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. My senior year of high school, I was elected the opportunity to lead our student body throughout the year and work together with the rest of the council to better our school. The picture above shows me alongside my other council members and vice president after a school event we planned. In this one year I grew just as much as a learner as I did a leader. While I learned to lead a team of many different people towards a common goal, I also learned how to listen and collaborate with others more than I ever have in my life. I learned that being leader is not just being in charge, but working with those around you to synergize the ideas and energy of everyone on the team, not compromise them. The experience helped shape me into the person I am today as well as provided me a vision as to what I hope to become in the future. Through this experience I was able to realize that while leading others is very difficult at times, it is something that I have a passion for and hope to continue to do in the future. This hands on experience guided me towards my educational career path in the management side of side of business in which I hope to lead teams of people in a larger scale in the future.
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Global Awareness: One way in which I enhanced my global awareness recently was through a US foreign policy course. The global diversity credit is what attracted me to take this class initially but after starting it, I can say I was genuinely intrigued. The course challenged me to think about pertinent global issues in new ways. This meant looking at them not just through the lenses of an American, but through the eyes of all nations around the world.
Original Inquiry: I have pushed my original inquires this year through my participation in the STEP program. My faculty leader has pushed my think about who I am and who I want to be a great deal. Personal reflection and meditation are part of our weekly meeting which allows me time to think and process my thoughts.
Academic Enrichment: I have pushed my academic enrichment in my college career thus far through maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout my entire first year.
Leadership Development: My participation in a leadership class, ESHESA 2571, has pushed me to reevaluate what kind of leader I want to be. This course is different than previous work I have done because most previous times focused on how to be leader, while this course focuses on evaluating what type of leader I want to be. It causes me to think a lot about the world around me and how I can make a difference through my actions and leadership.
Service Engagement: I have begun my year of service at the Community Kitchen in downtown Columbus. I serve here twice a week for 3 hours. In my short time thus far, I have developed a whole new way of thinking about situations differently and gained an appreciation for the blessings I have in my life.
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Hello my name is Louie Mezzopera. I am currently a first year student at The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in business with an operations management specialization and a minor in entrepreneurship. I am from a small town outside of Cleveland, Ohio called Chardon. I enjoy spending time outdoors, working with my hands and giving back. I strive to make the world around me better each in whatever way I can because seeing others smile makes me smile. Small business has always been a passion of mine, coming from a family who was raised on self-employment and one day I hope to start and run my own business.