Diversity and global awareness are important aspects of becoming a well-rounded student and future professional. In order to gain a better understanding of diversity, I have opened myself up to experiencing new cultures and learning about them. One way in which I have worked on diversity and global awareness was volunteering in the Dominican Republic for a week over spring break. This was a great way to become more globally aware because I got to experience and see first hand the difference in the cultures and the ideas that I can learn from them for the best. Additionally, I have taken classes at The Ohio State University that has taught me much about different cultures and their history. In Art History I learned about historical events that influenced their culture and therefore their art. These are some of the ways in which I have gained a better understanding of diversity and global awareness.
When coming into college, I thought that I had my life figured out and that I would be able to follow a straight path to my future career. However, my first year in college has taught me that I need to keep an open mind of what I can do. When I discussed my major change to business, with a business major, I learned that there is a different sort of skill set needed in order to succeed. I learned that there is a lot of research and math in business. My interview also taught me that it is not a problem to be in a business major and a health scholars group as I can still learn a lot from both the business classes and the health-oriented scholars group.
Service is an aspect of college that passes many people by. People do not think of the impact that they are having on other people’s lives and also on their own. In my service during college, I have done a wide range of activities to help people. These range from helping out on a farm to helping individuals get food to even playing dodgeball to help raise money for the less fortunate. The service that I have done has helped me grow as a person as I can empathize for what struggles people have to go through on a day-to-day basis. Working on the farm and helping clean it up allowed me to see the physical labor that goes into growing food and making sure that it is clean and healthy. The service that I have done to help people get food that they need to teach me to not take any food for granted as there are many people around the world that are truly starving and in need of food, so I should not only be grateful for what I have but to also make sure that I can help people get the sustenance they need. Lastly, when I helped raise money I learned that there are different ways to serve, even if that is furthering the service done by either someone else or an organization.