The image below is the logo for the team I am on in something called Mount Legacy Week. I am in the Mount Leadership Society Scholars group at Ohio State, and a major part of our first year experience is participating in Legacy Week. Legacy Week is a period of time in late January and early February when Mount Scholars do service projects to try and impact our community. We split into six teams to design service projects in six different categories: Abuse, Education, Environment, Global, Health, and Poverty. Mount Scholars design, budget, market, and implement the entire projects ourselves— obviously we receive lots of help, but the idea is that we are the catalyst in every step of the service project. It makes it so much more impactful when we complete every aspect of hosting a service project ourselves, rather than just showing up and volunteering at an event hosted by someone else. This way, we really get the time to understand the reasoning behind any given project, and do everything we can to best serve the needs of the agencies we work with.
I am a member of Team Abuse. Our motto is “fighting harm, giving hope”. This is a message that really speaks to me because Team Abuse is all about treating every person with the dignity and respect they deserve. There is obviously not much we can do in the way of preventing abuse, unfortunately, as we don’t really have the necessary qualifications to work with emergency organizations. We can, however, work with survivors of all sorts of terrible abuse, and our goal is to make them feel “normal”, and that they are appreciated and have worth. I am proud to be a member of Team Abuse and proud of the projects we’ve developed for Mount Legacy Week.
The image above represents a lab that I did in my Fundamentals of Engineering course. The lab was particularly impactful to me because it guided me towards what I think my future major will be. In FE, we explore a different major in each lab to give first year pre-engineering students an idea of many different disciplines and help them choose one to pursue. Prior to this lab, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to stay in engineering, but after learning what Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE) entails, I think it’s something I will enjoy. The objective of ISE majors is to optimize efficiency. It’s a lot of problem solving and logical thinking, which are the skills I possess and tasks I enjoy completing. I was feeling very overwhelmed by the options engineers have and the new skills I needed to learn to be one at the beginning of the semester, but I felt more at peace after this lab. Obviously a single lab will not make or break my future, but just knowing there was something out there I was interested in doing as a career was a reassuring thought. I am excited to take more classes in ISE and explore career options.
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Hi, my name is Kelly Ross! I’m a first year pre-engineering undecided major, and I’m hoping to pursue a music minor. I am a Mount Leadership Society Scholar. I am from Hudson, Ohio (which is between Cleveland and Akron). In high school, I was a National Merit Finalist, the recipient of the National High School Choral Award, and I graduated with honors. I was also captain of my swim team, a choir section leader, and I served as secretary and head of blood drive committee in my high school student government. I plan to get involved with similar activities on campus; I am already a member of the Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club, and I hope to join a blood drive club and a musical theater group as well as some extra-curriculars related to my major. I am so grateful to have the chance to be in glee club, because being a member of a choir has been a huge part of my life, and I’m thrilled to continue that. I also hope to participate in events at the Newman Center. I’m not sure what type of engineering I want to pursue yet, so I’m not quite sure which career I will have yet. My goal is to have some type of internship or co-op related to my field of study next summer (preferably near my hometown).
I am pursuing engineering because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with my life, and the people close to me encouraged me to use my math and logic skills for an engineering degree. I have always loved math and solving problems, so being able to do that and help others as a career is my goal at this point. My previous work experience was working as a host in a restaurant. While it was not my favorite activity, I think hosting taught me important life skills about communication and hard work, which will help me in my future career and many other areas of my life.
I am really looking forward to helping my community through the Newman Center and the Mount Leadership Society, both of which I think will provide many opportunities for service. My faith is very important to me, and so I value the chance to practice it by helping others.
I hope my ePortfolio will be a record of my time at Ohio State and everything I am part of through my years here. Hopefully it will show the growth of where I start from to where I go.
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