Over spring break I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C., our nation’s capitol, with the Mount Scholars. While in D.C. I was able to make new connections. I talked to a few Ohio State employees that work in the office of Federal Relations, in D.C. I was able to meet with both senator Portman and Senator Brown, both of Ohio. I was very fortunate to have the chance to shadow my congressional representative, Bob Gibbs. While shadowing my representative I had the opportunity to meet the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. As a group, we also had the opportunity to tour CATO institute, and learn about the technologies that they create. I was very lucky to spend my spring break with a ton of great people, while getting to take part in these great opportunities and so many more.
This past semester I have learned and grew so much this past semester. I hit my lowest point academically and I have learned the best ways to utilize my strengths. I have grown so much as a person this past semester. I learned how to deal with failure, even if it was hard for me to face and deal with. This semester also brought so many great things into my life. Coming to college has provided me with some of my best friends, people that I can see in my life forever. I am so glad that I chose Ohio State, and I can’t wait for so many more years to come.
As a Mount Scholar service is a key part of our program, at least once a month each of us participate in service event, however most of us do more. In the moth of October, I participated in two service events, one was Fall Harvest Jamboree, which was an event that a group of Mounties went to, and helped with the event ad different stations, such as arts and crafts or running the pumpkin patch. The second service event that I took part in was Adopt-A-Street. I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to be the lead at this event. I reached out to the students who were also partaking in this event, I prepared the supplies needed, and I delegated jobs to the participants while at the project. At Adopt-A-Street, we clean garbage off of the sides of the road, and wrote inspirational and motivating messages on the sidewalks of the the street that we cleaned. This event was my first leadership role in Mount, even though it was minor, I hope to have many more opportunities to lead.
It was very difficult to chose one photo to represent my first month and a half here at OSU. This is because I have meet so many people that I know are going to be life long friends , and I have had so many experiences that I couldn’t experience at any other school. This photo is me with my Mount “family”. The “parents” are two second years with knowledge and experiences that they share with me and my “brother” (another first year). These are just three close connections that I have made while here at OSU. I know that I could go to any of these people with any questions of problems and they would be more than happy to answer my questions and help me in any way they could. I have also meet so many others that make this large campus truly feel like home.
I am Diana Perez. I graduated from Keystone High School with an Honors Diploma. Through out high school, I was a involved in many clubs and organizations including: National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Choir, Big Cats Little Cats (a peer mentor program), HPAC (Health Professions Affinity, Community), the KHS Senior Give Back Program, LaGrange Safety Town, and LaGrange Christmas on the Square. I was the president of my school’s Youth 4 Youth program, captain of the Dance Team, and vice president of the Drama Club. I also spent a lot of time volunteering at my local library, with the non-profit organization, Ohio Dance Theatre, and as the student ambassador for my town’s Relay for Life. I also was a math tutor. As a hobby, for 15 years I took dance classes including, classical ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary. I am currently on the exploration track, however, this spring I would like to apply to the School of Public Health. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Public Health, with minors in Dance and Spanish. I am very eager to get involved in other clubs and activities at Ohio State, and to try new and exciting things!
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