This year as a freshman, I joined the OSU Women’s Rowing Team. It has been a wonderful experience so far and is helping to mold me into the person I hope to become. If you would have told me 4 months ago that I would be rowing for Ohio State, my dream college, I would laugh and say you’re lying. I participated in many sports growing up, but rowing was never one. Rowing never even crossed my mind as something I’d want to try or even go watch. I knew absolutely nothing about it, and I still kind of don’t. I continually learn and grow more and more each day with every practice. Growing up I got really competitively involved in volleyball and track and field. I initially wanted to play on the OSU club volleyball team, so I tried out, but didn’t make it. I was pretty bummed about this because it was my dream to play at Ohio State and a world without volleyball wasn’t normal for me. I wasn’t used to not being in a sport 24/7 and i didn’t know what to do with my time. Don’t get me wrong I came to school to study and get a degree, but I wanted more from my time at Ohio State, it felt like there something missing. Then, my friend, who is on the rowing team as well, tried to get me to come out and watch a practice because they needed more girls and were recruiting people. I initially was weary of it like why rowing, I’ve never even done that. In the end, I decided why not I guess I’ll go watch and see what it’s all about. That day i went and watched the launch and it was super cool! I enjoyed it a lot and decided to try it and since then I love it. I’m so glad that I not only took the risk to go try something new, but took rejection and turned it into something great! The family I’ve created through rowing even so far is amazing. All my teammates are awesome. Without facing that rejection of not making the volleyball team I would have never joined the rowing team. I have found that I push myself a lot more physically and academically because of the mental toughness I’ve learned through rowing. In conclusion, I recommend to do the thing that you might be too scared to do or worrying too much about. Just go for it because you never know what will come from it. 🙂
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In January of 2019, I went on a medical mission trip to Honduras. The goal of the trip was to bring medical aid and medications to people in need who didn’t have anything. The country of Honduras is a very poor stricken and a corrupt country. The government is corrupt and the country is in poverty. The group was full of volunteers of doctors and the Salvation Army Core in Honduras. We would travel hours to go into the jungles and farm country of Honduras to serve the people and give them medical supplies and care. On this trip we helped many, many people in need. It was a very fulfilling trip and so worth it. The ability to put a smile on the little kids faces by merely smiling and waving at them was so fulfilling. It made me feel so amazing to be able to make them that happy by giving them a bracelet or just smiling at them. Even though during this trip it seems that we all helped the people of Honduras more. In reality, they made a bigger impact on me. They changed my outlook on life. I am now more grateful, humble, and look at things more positively. These people had maybe $5 to their name, yet they were always smiling and so happy to see us. This one girl in specific made the biggest impact on me. She wore her best dress to come see us to impress us and she looked like a little princess. All I did was wave at her and smile and she came over to me and sat with me for hours. This was so meaningful to me because there was a language barrier between us, but we still became the best of friends. She stayed with me for hours with the biggest smile ever on her face.
Hi I’m Meghan Waters! I’m a first year mount leadership society scholar. My major is biology with thoughts of a pre-med track. I’m thinking of minoring in French as well. I’m not completely sure what I want to do in the future with my biology major, but I know I want to succeed at Ohio State and achieve a career where I can help others. I also want to earn Dean’s list every year. In high school, I played two varsity sports, volleyball and track, and was in the fellowship of Christian athletes. In continuing my love for the game, I am trying out for the club volleyball team. Some of my passions include helping others, which I did through my school’s Lion’s Club, where we provided meals to the less fortunate, and key club, which was another volunteering club. One of my favorite service opportunities was when I had the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip to Honduras. I was apart of the national honors society and was a national ambassador for my school on behalf of foreign exchange students. Some of my hobbies include watching Netflix (favorite show is Grey’s Anatomy), playing with my dogs, Ellie and Coco, hanging out with my friends, and going on adventures. My goal at Ohio State is to achieve a high GPA, be the best student and friend I can, and live life to the fullest.
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