For my second year service project, I served as a mentor for a fourth grade student named Ariyanna through the Ohio State chapter of College Mentors for Kids. I met with Ariyanna, a student from Hamilton STEM Academy, for two hours each week during both the fall and spring semesters. Each week, we did a new activity together that focused on one of three categories: higher education and careers, culture and diversity, or community service. Some of these activities included selling lemonade on the oval, learning about other cultures in an olympic themed activity, and learning about college during an OSU campus scavenger hunt. It was so fun to watch Ariyanna grow throughout the year and become more invested in the program. I truly enjoyed my service project and am looking forward to continuing with the program next year.
For my interview, I talked to Bridget Lorenz, a first year student at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Bridget is from the Columbus area, and completed a biology degree at Furman University in South Carolina before deciding to return home to Columbus for optometry school. At Furman, she took all of the required pre-requisites and took advantage of many different opportunities that allowed her to grow as a well-rounded individual. She was very involved in the admissions office and the university’s leadership institute. She has always had perfect vision and has never had to wear glasses or contacts, but she knew she wanted to become an optometrist after her sophomore year of college. She wanted a career in health care and after some shadowing, found optometry to be a great fit, especially because of the moderate work-life balance that a career in optometry can provide. Her best advice to someone who is looking to go into the field of optometry is to gain experience working in an office as soon as possible so that you can really get a feel for the profession as a whole. She worked in an office the summer after her undergraduate graduation and currently works as a technician at Mid Ohio Eye two Saturdays each month. She also suggests taking an immunology course if given the opportunity, even though it is not a prerequisite for optometry school. So far, she has really enjoyed her first year of optometry school. The classes have been tough and she has had to fine tune her studying to accommodate for the large amount of information that she learns each day, but she knows that when she comes out of the program, she will have a great background to become a very successful clinician.
For the do portion of this assignment, I knew that I wanted to do something fun off campus in the city of Columbus. I decided to participate in a room escape adventure called Trapped in a Room with a Zombie downtown with some of my friends. We had so much fun! With only a 22% success rate for escaping from the room, we knew that the odds were not in our favor but we were still confident that we would be able to escape. With less that a minute on the clock, we cracked the last code and made it out alive! This was a great experience through which I was able to explore more of what the city of Columbus has to offer and bond with my friends.
For the go portion of my Eat. Go. Do. project, I decided to go to an on campus sporting event that was not a football game. In the fall, I had the opportunity to attend several of the home football games. But, during the spring semester, I decided that I wanted to attend something new that I had never watched before. I attended the Buckeye Bhangra dance team friends and family show. Although I have been to several dance shows in my life, I have never been to one like this. This style of Indian dance was so fun to see. This experience opened my eyes to all of the different fun sporting events that go on at Ohio State that I did not even know previously existed. I am so happy that I went to this event.
For the eat portion of my project, I decided to try Indian food with some of my friends from my floor. Indian food is something completely new to me that I have never had the opportunity to try before. I am typically not an extremely adventurous eater, so this was definitely a step outside of my comfort zone. We ate at Mogul Dhubar on High Street. The food was served family style so I was able to try many different dishes. I really enjoyed this experience and had a great time trying a new type of food with my friends!
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
B.S. Biology, Minor: Spanish
North Royalton High School, North Royalton, OH – Graduated May 2015, GPA: 4.32
HONORS & ACTIVITIES
- Health Sciences Scholars (HSS) Program (August 2015 – Present)
- Chosen to participate in competitive, community-based program for first and second year students interested in health-related careers; attend weekly seminar course and relevant HSS events, complete 40 service hours per year
- Undergraduate Research Office Mentorship Program (September 2015 – Present)
- RealLife Freshman Leadership Team (September 2015 – Present)
- Captain, Royalaires Colorguard Team (May 2013 – May 2015)
- President, Key Club (May 2014 – May 2015)
VOLUNTEER & SERVICE EXPERIENCE
- Ohio State Welcome Leader (OWL) (August 2015)
- Community Commitment & MLK Service Day Volunteer
- Parma Heights Baptist Church, Bible School and Sports Camp Leader (2010 – 2015)
- Volunteer Tutor, Valley Vista Elementary School (September 2011 – April 2015)
- Proficient in Spanish, sixth-year student
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- REACH Suicide Prevention Certified through Ohio State
- Malley’s Chocolate, North Royalton, OH
Cashier (March 2015 – Present, seasonal during school year)
- Prepare and package products while providing customer service
- Worked 20 hours per week while in high school and on summer break
- Panera Bread, Seven Hills, OH
Customer Associate (April – August 2013)
Throughout my time in the Health Sciences Scholars Seminar course, I have learned a lot about myself and the goals that I have for my future. One day I would like to be a pediatric optometrist. I am currently planning to major in biology and minor in Spanish. The FOCUS assessment only helped me to further realize that a career as an optometrist would be fitting for me. If I decide against a career in optometry, I am interested in becoming a Spanish teacher or a public health professional. The Ohio State University has ample resources to help me succeed in my undergraduate education and in my career. From the tutoring and help available in the Younkin Success Center to the endless amount of fitness classes offered daily, there are resources and people available to help me be successful academically, physically, and emotionally. I plan to take advantage of these resources to stay fit, healthy, and sane during my college experience. By completing the OnPace modules, I was able to learn effective ways to manage my stress and time. Applying these strategies to my current schedule and study habits will help me make the most of every moment available to me. My seminar instructor encouraged me to attend office hours which opened my eyes to the great help meeting with a professor individually can be. I had a great experience with both my chemistry professor and my chemistry lab TA and will definitely take advantage of the office hours of some of my other professors in the future. The process of exploring different majors was beneficial for me because I now feel like I have a solid backup plan and other career options for my life. My HSS peer mentor has also been helpful to me this semester. It is helpful to have a mentor and role model that has recently been in my shoes and knows exactly what I am experiencing. I hope to keep in contact with her throughout the next semester and the rest of my time here at Ohio State. My first semester as a college student at OSU has been one filled with new experiences, fun, and challenges and has definitely been the greatest experience of my life. I can’t wait to experience everything OSU has to offer and make the most of my time here during the next four years.
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This year has been, by far, the most amazing year of my life. Last year at this time, I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. A year ago today, I still had not committed to come to The Ohio State University. But, I can now say without a doubt in my mind that deciding to move to Columbus was the best decision that I have ever made. When I got the email that I had been accepted to the Health Sciences Scholars Program here at Ohio State, I knew that this was a sign that Ohio State was the place for me. I had attended scholars day several months before where I was able to hear about all of the possible programs that I could get involved in. It was clear to me at that time that Health Sciences Scholars would be my first choice. I was most excited to get to live on a floor with people who had interests that were very similar to my own. The community that Health Sciences Scholars has provided me with during my first year has definitely been the best part about the program. I love always having people around that I can ask about chemistry homework or just talk to about my aspirations for the future. As a second year in HSS, I hope to continue my friendships with many of the great people that I have met. I also hope to meet others involved in the program. I would love to become even more involved with the program, as it is definitely one of the many things that has made my first year here at Ohio State so great!
I have had many memorable service experiences this year at The Ohio State University. Community service has always been something that I have been passionate about and I knew that when I came to college that I wanted to continue to find ways to be involved in both the campus and Columbus community. The very first service experience that I had once I got onto campus was community commitment day. I had the opportunity to go to the Goodwill distribution center and sort out clothes and shoes. I still remember this day very clearly. It was fun to engage in a service opportunity before classes even started. Because I was with a group of people who were also a part of the Health Sciences Scholars Program, I was able to meet several people that I am still good friends with today. I think that one of the best ways to bond with others is to engage in service together. Therefore, with this being one of the first experiences I had as an Ohio State Buckeye, it is one that I am unlikely to ever forget. Ohio State has also provided me with many other service opportunities that I would not have gotten anywhere else. During the second week of May this summer, I will be traveling with a small group of people to North Carolina for a Buck-I-SERV trip. I am very excited for this experience and think that it will probably be one of the highlights of my college career.
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