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Looking back at my entire freshmen year in general, I am so thankful for the opportunities I was presented with as a student at Ohio State. It has been the best and most transformative year of my life which left me with a sense of peace but also excitement for my second year. I have learned a great deal in these past two semesters and would love to share any advice with an incoming freshmen. Most importantly—strike a balance between school and social life. Ultimately, we are at Ohio State for an education and must not lose sight of this important point. But, it is also so important to have fun because many of the little things I worried about freshmen year could have been time spent strengthening or building new relationships or having new experiences. I have realized that most professors genuinely want to help their students, but I could not wait for them to help me. I had to go seek out help by emailing, or even better, going to office hours or talking to them in person. Lastly, a spirit of resilience and perseverance is key as I failed my high expectations so frequently that I had to find it within myself not to get too down and to keep trying or I would have given up in a flash.
As my freshmen year at Ohio State University comes to a close, it’s interesting to look back at the 20 hours of service I completed throughout the year. The service I participated in varied greatly which ultimately provided me with the most diverse experience possible. I spent the most consecutive hours of service outside during Community Commitment cleaning up one of Columbus’s public parks. The rest of my time was spent making Valentine’s cards for children of the Make a Wish Foundation, making paper flowers to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis through Breathe Hope, and tying blankets for children hospitalized at the James Cancer and Research Center. Additionally, I participated in several Medlife events which were geared toward making things for children such a crafty paper flowers and sensory bottles. Next year I hope to have more experiences in which I am in direct contact with people in need.
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My name is Mary Valenziano, and I am from Hudson, Ohio. I went to Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio where I played soccer, ran cross country, and was involved in Campus Ministry. This year I am majoring in Health Sciences on the pre-Physician Assistant track. After participating in a service trip to Guatemala and volunteering at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I have always been interested in the sciences and found them to be the most challenging subject, yet the most rewarding as well. Similarly, English and Literature are additional academic interests and passions of mine. I love reading–whether it’s fiction, poetry, or short stories–and writing. I hope to be able to connect my two strongest interests in the sciences and English and Literature throughout my academic career at Ohio State. Additionally, I hope to take advantage of all of the opportunities the Health Science Scholars Program has to offer, and I am so excited to get involved on campus!