One of the best things about going to a large school like The Ohio State University is the numerous opportunities to get involved. Currently, I am involved in the Mount Leadership Society, Pets for Vets, and A Kid Again. Specifically, I would like to discuss my experience with Pets for Vets thus far.
Pets for Vets is a club at OSU that tries to raise money to fund matching a dog with a veteran who may suffer from PTSD. The training and care that goes into each match can be pretty expensive, so we spend the whole semester trying to raise money for a match. Recently, Pets for Vets and another club on campus, 4 Paws for Ability, put on an event at the Ohio Union called Howl-O-Ween. Through the event, people could donate a dollar or two and get their picture taken with a couple dogs dressed up in Halloween costumes. I had the opportunity to volunteer at this event and it was a blast. We had a great turn out and both organizations raised a lot of money.
I look forward to fostering a Pets for Vets dog during my junior and senior year. Unfortunately, since I live on campus, I am unable to now. However, I plan to stay very involved in the club and I am very excited to see what else this club has in store.
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To increase my Global Awareness, I am participating in the MUNDO Multicultural Histories & Legacies of London & Rome study abroad trip. In addition to taking two leadership courses for the program, it also includes a service-learning component both before the trip and during the trip. To demonstrate original inquiry and academic enrichment , I have been taking difficult classes and increasing my awareness of themes such as power, privilege, and social class in my community through my service-learning experiences. Through Mount Leadership Society, my study abroad trip, and the STEP program, I have spent much of the year developing my leadership skills and experiencing leadership in different ways. I have taken classes and participated in various seminars aimed towards developing leadership skills. Through these classes and my Year of Service for the Mount Leadership Society, I have volunteered almost 60 hours this year at the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus by helping the kids with their schoolwork.
As a sophomore at Ohio State, I am participating in the Second-year Transformational Experience Program, or STEP. Through the program, students are supposed to develop a project plan and submit a proposal for funding from Ohio State to complete this project. The project could be focused on research, and internship, study abroad, service-learning, etc., as long as it is a transformational experience. For my project, I chose to study abroad through the MUNDO Multicultural Histories and Legacies of Rome & London. Through the program, I will get to explore both cities and participate in service-learning projects while abroad. Through the Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program, I have spent my sophomore year doing a Year of Service volunteering almost 60 hours at the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus. Through the Year of Service and other leadership courses I have taken, I have explored how social justice issues such as power and privilege affect different members of our community. The MUNDO program focuses on these same issues but on an international level. I think it will be the perfect way to end my year of service and really broaden my perspectives and awareness of the issues.
Lisa Smudski is a second year Scholars student from West Chester, OH, majoring in Finance.She is a member of the Mount Leadership Society through which she is also in the Member Development committee. She plans to graduate in 2020 with a B.S. degree in Finance and have a job immediately after graduation. She would like to have internships and study abroad throughout her time here at The Ohio State University. When she’s not in class, Lisa enjoys volunteering, reading, and spending time with close friends and family. In high school, she was the leader of the Peer Counseling club where she organized and participated in many volunteer events around her community. The experiences she had as a Peer Counselor had a huge impact on the person and leader that she is today. She gained valuable leadership, project management, and communication skills. She is currently involved in Mount Leadership Society and Chi Omega. Lisa is very eager to take advantage of all of the opportunities that The Ohio State University has to offer.