Hi, I am Alivia Oney and am a second year student here at The Ohio State University! I am originally from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, a small town about an hour and a half north of Columbus. In high school I was involved in several different sports, clubs, and organizations. I played soccer, basketball, and softball, and I was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Quiz Bowl, and a service club called Younger Professionals. I also stayed involved in my community by volunteering through different organizations like my church and through my local Elks chapter.
I chose Ohio State because of the countless academic and professional opportunities that are available to students like myself. I hope to get my undergraduate degree in Medical Dietetics and pursue a career in clinical nutrition. I’m grateful to be involved in something as influential as the Health Sciences Scholars Program as it provides me with opportunities to continue serving my community and continuing my education while staying connected with people who share the same interests as me!
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My first year of college has been full of both struggles and achievements, but overall I have gained a sense of independence and experienced growth in many aspects of my life in just one year here at Ohio State.
Primarily, I have gained an appreciation for the level of discipline and dedication it takes to succeed. I think many of us students would agree that the rigor of academics in college is tremendously different than what we experienced in high school. Although I worked hard in high school, it was not enormously difficult to reach the standards I had set for myself. College proved to be a different story, at least for myself. I struggled with the fact that I was not always producing the quality of work that I had been in high school, and I was not earning the highest grade I could in every situation. Although it was difficult, I used this as motivation to increase my efforts and work as hard as I could to reach my own standards. By being put in a situation where hard work was the only way to succeed, I have learned that my success is only limited by myself and that I can achieve whatever I want if I’m willing to put the work in.
Another thing I have learned this year is that if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong place. There is always something to learn from the people around you, and this has proved so important to me this year. At a university as competitive as Ohio State where you’re surrounded with extremely intelligent and dedicated students, it can sometimes feel like you shouldn’t be there or that you are there by mistake. This year, I have learned to let those thoughts pass and form a new mindset that will allow me to learn anything I can from the people around me. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you will gain nothing from those around you, so I have learned that it’s okay to not know things and to use that opportunity to grow.
Although there were hardships during my first year as a college student, I learned so much about myself and gained skills and lessons that I will be able to carry with me throughout my whole life, and I can’t wait to see what the next few years hold!
This year, I had the opportunity to participate in Buckeyethon, a year long fundraising event for Nationwide Children’s Oncology/Hematology/BMT units leading up to a 24 hour dance marathon in the spring. This event was probably the most significant part about my first year at Ohio State for several different reasons. Primarily, Buckeyethon inspired me to continue down a path of health care. That day, I was surrounded by so many other people who shared my passion for helping others, and it excited me to pursue a career that would allow me to do that. It also allowed me to reflect on how lucky I am to live a healthy life and reminded me that not everyone has that luxury. As someone who does, it’s important for me to give back to those who don’t. I plan to continue participating in Buckeyethon through my future years at Ohio State, and I’m excited to see how I continue to grow from it!