True Colors Reflection

After taking a survey and coming to realize that my “true color” is gold, I didn’t think much about it. However, once I learned the qualities of those in my color group and talked to people with my same color, I came to realize how something as simple as a color could help me become more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses. Someone who is “gold”, likes to have their life planned out – they value organization and dependability as opposed to spontaneity and impulsivity. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m boring or that I don’t know how to have fun. Needing events and activities is something that I can most definitely relate to, however, that isn’t always what I need and that’s where my friends and families who have different “true colors” come into play. Sometimes, I need someone who is daring or more vivacious to get me out of my shell and do something every once in a while without having to have it planned out to a T. However, in some cases they may also need someone to bring some ms such as Dunn Sports and Wellness Scholars has such a diverse grouping of people with different sets of values and “true colors”, because at the end of the da, we all balance eachother out. If the entire scholars program was filled with people of the same true color, it would very quickly become boring and people would be difficult to be around. Especially in our environment in which almost all of the Dunn Scholars live together at Morrill Tower, it is important that we are able to coexist and learn from eachother so we can all grow as a group. By having a blend of personalities and values, we are able to stay interesting and keep our core values while still learning from those around us and becoming better versions of ourselves.

Definition of Leadership

In my three years of throwing shot put for my high school’s track team, I’ve seen many examples of people displaying leadership both on the field and off. When I was in my senior year, a graduated member of the track team found out that he had cancer and would have to come back home from college in order to receive treatment. His best friends on the team came up with an initiative to raise money for his treatment by making bracelets with the words “Miles for Mike” on them. This is the perfect example of leadership because these students saw a problem, Mike’s ever growing hospital bills as a result of his cancer, and came up with a solution and a way to help. Not only that, but they were able to get the entire high school involved and the next thing you know, half of the students were wearing yellow wristbands, signifying that they donated money towards Mike. It also represents leadership because the act was completely selfless, these students were not gaining anything from the sales of the bracelets, however, they continued dedicating their time and effort in order to help someone who wasn’t able to do so himself.

About Me

My name is Jordan Ndeli and I am currently a first year student at The Ohio State University. I’m a Pre Athletic Training major and in the future I plan on being an athletic trainer for either a professional sports team of a Division I university. I grew up around sports, starting softball when I was seven years old and attending baseball games with my parents whenever we could. By the time I got to high school I started throwing shot put for my school’s track team. This connection with athletics is what drew me immediately to the Dunn Sports and Wellness Scholars program because I saw it as a way to continue surrounding myself in an environment that I love being in.

Besides sports, I love going to New York City, which was made easy for me seeing as I lived just a 40 minute drive away in Sayreville, New Jersey. I would oftentimes find myself going into “The City” with a group of friends to go to a museum or Central Park, not realizing how privileged I was to live so close. Because of this, I found myself looking for colleges that were in a city so I would still be able to live in an area where I wouldn’t get bored or run out of things to do. Columbus, Ohio ended up being the perfect city and The Ohio State University the perfect school.

During middle and high school, I spent my summers volunteering at a local camp called Sayreville BIC.  Sayreville BIC is a program for both kids and adults with disabilities (both learning and developmental) that strives to mend the bridge in our community between those who are disabled and those who are able-bodied. Though at first I was skeptical of dedicating my entire summer to being a camp counselor, as I spent more time with the program and became more comfortable, I realized that I was beginning to love it as well as the people who are apart of it. In my years of volunteering, I have made countless close friends that I otherwise would have never been able to meet, much less grow so close with.

Overall, I enjoy whatever it is that I’m doing as long as I’m surrounded by the people that I love. My friends and family are extremely important to me. My mom works for a non-profit called YAI and my dad is a New York State court officer. I have an older brother, Julian, and a dog named Reggie Jackson who I’ll miss dearly while I’m attending Ohio State.

At the end of the day, however, I’m extremely excited to finally be a Buckeye and I look forward to all of the opportunities that are to come. Go Bucks!!

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.]

Artifacts

[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.]