The ACES Pillar Film project is one of the projects we have to complete in our seminar class. We are assigned a group to work with and we are able to pick out a film that incorporates the pillars: Positive Social Change, Advocacy, Community, and Service. My group chose to watch a film titled “Finding Home” which is a documentary about trafficking. During the film you hear the stories of young Cambodian women and how the stories go far beyond the actual trafficking experiences. Finding Home shows in depth the struggle, growth, and challenges that come with trying to pick a life back up after it has been fragmented. The film focuses on three women who have been brought to the Rapha House, a safe house for victims of trafficking. The Rapha House’s mission is to end the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children through aftercare for survivors, prevention for the vulnerable, and awareness for all. This film would be beneficial for any viewer; someone who has experienced trafficking could find comfort in knowing they are not alone, and it also raises awareness for the issue. Not only did this project allow me to learn more about the issue of sex trafficking, but it also allowed me to build upon my communication skills from working in a group in efforts to create a informative presentation.
One of my favorite things about the Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars is the Mentor/Mentee program. In the first few weeks of the first semester, we had a “speed dating” event where you could meet all of the second year ACES members. This was a great way to familiarize ourselves with the program and all of the amazing people in it! After talking with everyone, we were placed with someone who we felt we had great conversations with. I was very excited to be placed with Paige, who is also from Cincinnati! After talking more, we found that we have so much in common and even have some mutual friends from back home. Having a mentor has definitely made the transition into college so much smoother. Paige has been a big help with answering questions about ACES, academics, and things to do around Columbus. It can be frightening to enter as a first year and be unfamiliar with your new home, but Paige has been a huge help in making me feel comfortable in Columbus!
I began my experience at Ohio State as an OWL. Ohio State Welcome Leaders (OWLs) arrive to campus on the Wednesday prior to move-in to participate in events that will allow OWLs to build a sense of community, familiarize themselves with campus, and prepare for the excitement of Move-In Day. The goal of being apart of the welcome leaders is to make the move in experience as easy as possible for students and help reduce the stress students have as they move into their new home. On Saturday, OWLs greet students and families and help to transport student belongings into residence halls.
Being an OWL allowed me to build not only leadership skills, but also communication skills among my peers. Communication is a key factor into making Move-In Day run smoothly. From 7am-5pm, 7,500 students are expected to move into residents halls across campus. This experience allowed me to to meet new people and create friendships during the days before move-in, as well as creating a positive and exciting environment for my fellow classmates as they arrive at their new home.
I am a member of Smiles with Style, a non profit Student Organization that serves to reduce the stress and apprehension children with chronic diseases and their families face during inpatient treatment. Self-confidence is an integral part of enhancing a child’s outlook and the prognosis of health issues that they may face. Our goal is to put smiles on their faces every Sunday by giving them a “makeover” which includes face paint, temporary tattoos, painting nails, eyeshadow, lipgloss, tutus, and tiaras. We also spend our time playing with the children; this includes coloring, playing with toys, and making crafts.
My first experience as a member of Smiles with Style was very eye opening. At the Ronald McDonald house, many families came downstairs to watch their child play and interact with others. In just the few hours we spent there, I really got to know the children and their families. What I learned from joining Smiles with Style is doing something as simple as playing with a child and interacting with their families for a few hours will make their day. It was amazing to see the children with smiles on their faces, and I look forward to going back every Sunday to see many more.
My name is Cammie Walters and I am from Fairfield, Ohio. I was born into a buckeye family; my father and brother both attend The Ohio State University. I chose to attend The Ohio State University because of the endless opportunities to be involved in such a diverse environment. My love for volunteering first sparked in middle school when I was inducted into National Junior Honor Society. This first introduced me to the wide opportunities available to go out and be involved in the community. I learned at a young age how important it is to help and advocate for the betterment of a community. I was fortunate to continue this passion throughout high school in the National Honor Society; some of my favorite volunteer events includes tutoring less fortunate elementary students and spending time at an Alzheimer center. I look forward to being apart of ACES where people of many different backgrounds come together for one common goal: giving back to the community.
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