Mentor/ Mentee Second Semester Interview

Once again, I was lucky enough to sit down with my mentee and interview her for a second time. Paige Kovacs is in the second semester of her first year at Ohio State University. Paige is majoring in speech and hearing sciences, and she is very involved on campus!

I began the interview by asking Paige how her major is going. Paige and I are in the same major, so we can talk for hours together about our major.  I can also give Paige study tips for the classes that she is in now, and I took last year. Paige is loving her major, and she is so passionate about speech pathology. She explained to me that the major is a good fit for her because it combines medicine, therapy, and teaching. This topic then lead me to ask if her plans had changed at all. Paige explained that she still wants to go to graduate school for speech pathology, but she is now thinking of possibly pursuing a doctorate degree, also. As of now, Paige is interested in working in a hospital with trauma patients. Paige is very passionate and ambitious about her future, and I cannot wait to see all of her amazing accomplishments.

After talking about academics, we began talking about Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars and other extracurricular activities that Paige is involved in on campus. I began by asking Paige how her first semester in Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars went. Her first semester, as a scholar, was great. Paige has made so many awesome friends in the group. She is also thankful for all the service opportunities that she found through ACES. The events and community meetings have really helped her learn a lot about Ohio State and all the great programs the school has to offer. I also asked Paige what other clubs/ organizations she has joined. She was super excited because she had just received a bid from Ohio State’s only pre-health sorority, Delta Omega Kappa. She has already meant a lot of nice girls in Delta Omega Kappa, and she loves how all of the girls are so motivated in their academic endeavors. Paige attends weekly new member meetings where she has a chance to really gets to know all the members of her pledge class. On April 7th , she will be initiated and become an active member of the sorority. Paige is so excited to see where her journey in Delta Omega Kappa takes her; she is even interested in running for an executive position in the sorority. Paige is also involved in the national language speech hearing association on campus. This corresponds directly with her major and is a great way to network with people who are going through the same courses as her. She is part of a “family” in this group, and she loves having those older students for advice in classes and on the major, in general. She is also involved in a club called, A Kid Again, and she loves volunteering within that club. As you can tell, Paige did not waste any time becoming involved on campus!

Overall, Paige’s favorite experience at Ohio State was Buckeyethon.  This was an eye-opening experience in which she meant strong children battling cancer. She joined the Smith Steeb team with her friends, and she will never forget what a powerful experience it was. Paige and I ended the interview by talking about her goals for second semester. One of her goals was to earn a high gpa, but she also wants herself to realize that it is okay to receive a B in a class. Another goal of Paige’s is to be elected for leadership position in one of her clubs. I think these goals are great, and I cannot wait to see what Paige does in her second semester and upcoming years of college.


Explore Columbus 1


On October 17th, my mentee, Paige, and I went off campus to a place called Cookie Dough Creamery. We went with Claire and Margo, another mentor/ mentee pair in Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars group. The Cookie Dough Creamery is in Worthington, so it was a fifteen minute drive from campus. Luckily, I have my car on campus, so it made transportation very easy. Paige, Margo, Claire, and I all live in smith-steeb hall, so we meant in the lobby and walked to my car together. When we got to the Cookie Dough Creamery, the worker explained to us how it worked. There were trays of cookies dough, ice-cream machines, and toppings. She told us that you paid for a cup and served yourself as much ice-cream and cookie dough as you want. Margo and Paige were so excited. After we got our ice-cream, we sat down together and talked for a long time. I asked Paige how her semester was going. She said that her classes were going well! Because we are in the same major, we talked about a class she is in now, that I took last year. I gave her some study tips. Paige updated me on how all of her clubs and activities were going. She expressed her concern about finishing all of her hours, and I assured her that more opportunities will come as she becomes more involved in clubs around campus. She told me that she is still really good friends with all of the people of her floor who are also a part of Advocate for Communities and Education Scholars. Paige and I also talked about my role on leadership council. She seemed interested in applying to be a part of next year’s leadership council, and I assured her that it is a great way to become even more involved in the Advocate for Communities and Education Scholars program. Because it was the week before Halloween, Paige and Margo were trying to figure out what they wanted to dress up as. For a long time, we talked about the many different characters and things that they could dress up as. I told them that my friends and I dressed up as aliens last year, and Paige and Margo really liked that idea. Margo and Paige do not have a car on campus, so I knew it would be harder for them to get their costumes. I offered to take them to target after we finished our ice-cream, and they were so happy. We drove to target and spent some time there, too. On the way there, I missed the exit, so we took a little detour. We shopped around at target for a long time. Margo and Paige bought some groceries because it is not very often that they have a chance to go to a grocery store or anything. For a while, we looked for glitter that they could use for their costumes. We walked around the store multiple times before asking a worker to lead us in the right direction. Then, Margo and Paige found four different color glitter packs to buy, and they bought all of them. They also found cool, neon leggings to go with their costume. After they bought all of their stuff, we drove back to campus. We parked my car in the union and walked back to smith- steeb hall together.

I really enjoyed the Explore Columbus assignment with Paige. Every time Paige and I hangout, I find out so much more about her that I did not know before. Everyone had a good time getting ice-cream together, and it was a good break from school work during the week. It always feels good to get off campus, even if it is just for a couple hours or so. I am excited to continue talking to Paige and finding out more about her. She is such a sweet girl with great sense of humor and personality. We are already excited about our next explore Columbus assignment. As Paige continues and finishes up her first semester, she plans to stay involved with her clubs, stay on top of all of her schoolwork, and maintain a good social life with all of the new friends that she has made here at school. She is adjusting well to college and the big city environment that Ohio State has to offer her. I cannot wait to hear about all of her first semester successes and her goals for second semester during our next interview!

Mentor/ Mentee First Semester Interview

As part of my second year in Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars, I am a mentor to a first year in the group. The goal of a mentor is to provide support and guidance while they navigate their way through their first year of college. My mentee, Paige Kovacs, is studying Speech and Hearing Sciences, and I interviewed her, asking her a couple questions about academics, involvement, ACES, and her future career goals.

Paige and I started out our conversation talking about academics. As mentioned before, Paige is studying Speech and Hearing Sciences. I asked her what made her choose that major. Paige has a six-year-old cousin, Miles, who was diagnosed with Autism. He is the only person in her family that has disability, so everyone in their family had to learn about Autism and adjust to the needs of Miles. Miles was non-verbal for many years. Speech therapy is a huge part of her Miles’ life, and as a six-year-old, he is now able to count to ten and say a couple words. This inspired Paige to choose her major. This led to me asking her about her future careers goals. I asked her what she plans on doing after she graduates from The Ohio State University. Paige plans on going to graduate school after receiving her undergraduate degree. She does not know what school she will attend for grad school, but she will either be attending for Speech Pathology or Audiology. Paige wants to participate in research about Autism at some point in her career and would love to work with children in a hospital setting.

Outside of academics, Paige is involved in clubs and is very social. I asked Paige about the clubs that she is a member of on campus. Paige is a part of The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. She is also involved in a group called DEMS, which brings students with democratic views together. In high school, Paige was the president of her Spanish club, so she is currently looking for a Spanish club to join on campus. She is still getting used to campus and is looking into more clubs to join! Because Paige is so involved, I asked her how she plans to balance both academics and involvement. Academics is her main focus at Ohio State, and she works very hard during the weekdays in order to allow herself time to socialize and have fun on the weekends. I then asked Paige if anything has surprised her during her time at Ohio State. She was surprised with how fast she adjusted to campus life. Paige never imagined herself at a large school, like Ohio State, but she really loves it and adjusted very well.

Lastly, I asked Paige a couple questions about her thoughts towards Advocates for Communities and Education scholars. First, I asked her what made her choose the program. Paige explained how she has always loved working with children, and she loves building bonds between members of the community through service. I asked her what she looks forward to in ACES for this coming year. Paige is excited for more social events and service opportunities. Because she is new to the Columbus community, Paige is nervous about fulfilling all of her service requirements. A tight bond has been formed with other first year ACES members, and she is really excited to grow even closer to the people she has meant through the program.

I really enjoyed sitting down and talking to Paige! I am thrilled to be her mentor this year and get to know her even more!



Academic Enrichment

Academics are very important to me. I am majoring in Speech and Hearing sciences. After I receive my bachelor’s from The Ohio State University, I will continue onto graduate school. Graduate school is very competitive and hard to get into. At Ohio State, I have to work and study hard to maintain a high GPA. I plan on partaking in research during my sophomore or junior year.

Artifact 2


Junior year in high school, I took a class called Herstory. Herstory was a class about women’s rights and feminism. In this class, we did a huge project for International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th. For this project, my group and I interviewed many people of different age, sex, and beliefs. We asked them one simple question, ” What is feminism?”. We recorded each answer, and made it into a video. Every person that we interviewed answered differently, and at the end of the video, we told the viewers the real definition of feminism. This project taught me just how ignorant a lot of society was to exactly what feminism is, and before this class, I was just as ignorant.

Year in Review

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Service Engagement

As a freshman at Ohio State, I have a lot of opportunities to participate in different service clubs and activities. One of the clubs that I recently joined is called Autism Speaks. Although I am fairly new, I had my first service opportunity with the club today, at the Autism Speaks Walk. We raised money by selling tee shirts and raised awareness for people in our community who have autism. I look forward to continuing to work with this club and fighting against the discrimination that people with disabilities face every day.


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Artifact 1


My first artifact is the Pillars Film Project that I completed for the Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars class. In this project, my group and I were assigned a movie to watch. After we watched the movie, we related it to the four pillars of ACES: positive social change, advocacy, community, and service. I watched the movie Lost for Life, and it was about juveniles who murdered someone and were sentenced to life in prison without parole. This movie and project opened my eyes to both sides of a situation like this.