Volunteering

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the 2018 Columbus Oktoberfest, where I worked a booth passing out free cookies, apples, and apple cider. I learned of this opportunity through The Ohio State University Honors and Scholars website.

At the festival, I worked at a table sponsored by the Giant Eagle grocery store. I passed out complimentary snacks, and I loved it! Seeing the smiles on the customers’ faces was priceless, and it lessened the cold of the rainy weather. As a result of this service, I was exposed to German culture and was enlightened of my own heritage. Not only was I exposed to this new culture, but I also got to take part in others’ first experiences. This opportunity impacted me as a leader because I was forced out of my comfort zone to interact with strangers, and I had to maintain a booth without a supervisor. I developed better communication skills, and I improved my sense of responsibility. Because of service learning I am more knowledgeable. I became more aware of the culture and I gained social skills through talking with the patrons. Volunteering at the 2018 Columbus Oktoberfest was an enjoyable and memorable experience that I will never forget.

True Colors

Everybody has their True Colors, and these colors indicate personality type as well as character. After completing the exercise, I was scored to be orange. My natural tendencies reflect that of an Orange Character. I am spontaneous, easy-going, openminded, and adventurous. Although some people may view this character type as impulsive and without a plan, it is actually a personality that is flexible and eager to adapt.

I am very happy to have learned this about myself because I can apply this information to my interactions with my scholars group as well as other teams. Knowing that I can be flexible, I’ll keep my cool when things don’t go as planned and/or when something doesn’t go right. I can easily adapt to unforeseen circumstances and make changes as necessary to succeed. I’ll also stay more relaxed in stressful situations, and I’m able to make the most out of unwanted situations.

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.]

Leadership

Anyone can be a leader; it doesn’t require admirable character traits or superhero skills. To be a leader simply requires effort and passion. Leaders know how to take charge of a crowd, while still giving respect to each individual. Leaders know how to show compassion in times of need, while still remaining firm in their decisions and actions. A successful leader with will include every member of the group in everything that occurs (no exceptions). Anyone can be a leader.

There are many different kinds of leaders, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. There are leaders who generally assert dominance over a crowd. There are leaders that excel in positivity and support. There are leaders that use knowledge and logic to make the best decisions for the group. Anyone can be a leader, so long as they put forth effort and passion in everything that they do.

I have seen leadership through the context of wellness. Health and fitness is becoming a very large and welcoming community, and there are many people who crave this kind of support. I am a member of a nutrition team that focuses on how we fuel our body. The leader of my group sets an example with her exceptional spirit and kind words. I know that when I wake up in the morning, there will always be a text of encouragement waiting to be read. Not only is she setting a good example for the rest of the group to follow, but she’s also making all member of the group feel welcomed and involved.

About Me

Hello! My name is Emma Schmiesing and I am a first-year at Ohio State. I am a Biology and Criminology double major, and I hope to add Spanish as a minor. The combination of family and sports has always played a huge role in my life. I grew up with ten other siblings, and we always played together in the backyard and on the playground! Throughout high school I focused on swimming and softball, and I was lucky enough to compete against some of my sisters! I joined the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars program because I loved how it combined athletics with such a strong sense of community. I can’t wait to take part in club and/or intramural sports, and I look forward to spending time in the RPAC!

In addition to my family and sports, I also love trying new things! Whether that be new foods, new places, or new experiences, I’m always game. I enjoy going to baseball games, spending time with friends, watching Netflix, and exploring this beautiful city! I live about an hour and a half northwest of Columbus, in the small town of Minster. My mom doubles as a stay at home mom and nurse, and my dad is a supervisor in a factory. I have ten siblings! Alice (my twin), Sam, Grace, twins Mary & John, Charlie, twins Frank & Rose, Lucy, and Anne.

I’m super excited to grow as a person and student here at Ohio State, and I look forward to where this experience will take me.

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