Why Become A Mount Leadership Scholar?

Why Mount Leadership Scholars?

If I’m quite honest, I don’t think I knew what my 17 year old self was getting into. I challenged myself. Pushed myself to the very end and pulled myself back again. Despite my very low ACT score, my GPA was stellar, my resume was stacked with involvement and my essays would cloud a readers eyes with tears. I knew that Honors and Scholars was an OSU program for student achievers and I so desperately wanted that title.

What I have learned, a year and a half later, is that scholars is not merely a title: scholars is a family. I gained my initial community in Mount and a year later, it has remained steadfast. Secondly, scholars are challenged. Each week I have some assignment or task whether it be volunteering off campus, planning a meeting about the Social Change Model, or attending a social picnic with Mount Alumni. I am expected to give back to the program- the home- that has given so much to me.

Somehow my Honors and Scholars essay application remains true today and inspires me to use forward in all dimensions of my life. As I create my portfolio, I feel it is best suited to begin by quoting my Counting Stars essay;

“Overcoming adversity with such success was something of maturity and wisdom that was a reminiscent of the classic story, The Catcher in the Rye. She mirrored Holden Caulfield by experiencing adversity. Just as Holden searched for his answers in an ever-changing world, this young girl stands ready to embrace the future – the unknown. That girl who so fervently believed in fairy tales and fantasies resonates within me. I am who I am now becoming. As a five year old, I was hopeful, lively and excited to witness the world around me with the ones I love. Now, I still hold hope in its entire abundance, as the sky holds all the counted stars.”

 

 

Year in Review

My last few memories of my involvement as a Mount Leadership Scholar are some of the sweetest. Most of these moments took place in a lodge at Camp Akita in Hocking Hills. It was sweet to be united with my first friends at Ohio State, many of whom I had been separated from in my second year. We bonded over campfires, late nights, books, and old memories. My favorite attribute was my reading of The Alchemist prior to the retreat. My favorite quote from the book that really defines the legacy in which I have come to grasp in my time at Ohio State is:

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

In my 6 months as a Northern Lights Homework Help Volunteer, I have come to value the action of servant leadership, community assets, educational equity and diversity.

This experience has shaped my worldview and allowed me to reflect deeper on my identities. This means questioning who I associate with in a group, whether this is still a part of who I am as an individual, and deciding who I want to become.  This was the first experience in which I began fully emerging into the mold of an ally and an advocate for the Columbus immigrant and refugee communities.

 

 

G.O.A.L.S.

As second semester of sophomore year comes flashing “Full Speed Ahead”, I am taking this time to reflect on my current year and how I’ve grown through my awareness, service and leadership and where I want to be in the near future. Just recently, I sat down with my Human Resource professor to discuss my options when it comes to professional development, building my resume, and graduate school. I’m always evaluating the gap between where I’m at and where I want to be. Despite facing many obstacles, challenges, and detours, I can continue reflecting and readjusting my steps. Each category of Honors and Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement; allow me to enrich my academic and personal journeys to success.

                                              

 

Global Awareness: I have further cultivated and broadened my worldview by traveling abroad and within the country. In March of my freshman year, I ventured to Costa Rica to explore sustainable agriculture practices and the significance of community engagement. The food I ate was incredible! The landscapes I saw were beautiful. The things I learned were eye-opening. But above all else, the relationships I made were unbreakable. In my sophomore year, I attended conferences in the uncharted cities of Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Houston, Texas. These experiences allowed me to further connect with other Ohio State students away from campus. It also ingrained in me a sense of confidence and independence.

Original Inquiry: My interests span all four corners of the horizon. I am passionate about Appalachian heritage, agriculture, higher education, and pursing Christ. In these facets, I each have one or multiple mentors, some of which are university faculty and professors. My interactions with professors an faculty and allowed me the opportunity to attend the Agriculture Future of America Conference, NASPA conference, and in the future the LEAD365 conference. These further hone my skills and prepare me for the job market while learning more about my passions. Within these sectors, I often engage myself in leadership roles (FYE Peer Leader, Athletic Host, AFA delegate) and practice public speaking.

Academic Enrichment: My academic experiences revolve around applied economics, business principles and leadership engagement. I currently am on the Deans List and work hard to maintain a good GPA that will help launch me into further collegiate opportunities. My involvement as a Mount Scholar hold me to a high standard and the community that encourages me to perform well in and out of the classroom.

Leadership Development: The biggest development  in my leadership skills is from my role and training as a Peer Leader. I mentor over 250 incoming students throughout their first year journey at Ohio State. From Orientation and Welcome Week to spring semester finals, I walk alongside them and serve as a resource to ensure their success. I have learned the importance of listening, communication, outreach, knowledge, technology, vulnerability, bravery, confidentiality, and servant leadership. I can apply what I have learned throughout my time as a leader into the corporate world. My other leadership involvements include working with the OSU Football program as an Athletic Host, Mount Leadership Society, and CRU.

Service Engagement: During my second year as a Mount Scholar, I worked alongside the Columbus Metropolitan Library. There, I tutored children, K-12, in a variety of subjects. During my time, I engaged in mentorship and learned a lot about the topics of privilege, educational equity, and immigrant and refugee populations. I also volunteer with Pay it Forward during MLK Day of Service and well as in my church and hometown community during the holidays.

Career

When you hear the word “agriculture”, what words or images play in your mind? Perhaps you see an image of a combine plowing through a field. Maybe you think about the acres and acres of corn you see on your drive home. Maybe you think about cowboys, “southern accents”, that one Luke Bryan song, or that one person in your class who always came to school with mud on their boots. These ideas are small fractions of rural agriculture in the modern world.

When I tell people I’m an agriculture major, I usually get a lot of replies backed with stereotypes and assumptions. Most people ask me if I grew up on a farm or if I’m from a “farm town”.  Although I did grow up in rural southern Ohio, I never considered a career in agriculture until a scholarship opportunity nearly fell into my lap my senior year of high school. I was desperate and driven to burst through every open door that would lead me to my dream school- Ohio State. Little did I know that this opportunity would change my life entirely.

Most people transition to college “knowing” what they want to study or exploring the freedom that comes with choosing your major. My agriculture scholarship had restrictions so I was indefinitely locked into the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.  I was scared out of my mind and worried that I wouldn’t enjoy my classes or that I wouldn’t connect with any of my peers. To my surprise, I found a great need in the ag industry that I actually saw myself fulfilling- communication.

I would be lying if I told you that I perfectly molded to my peers. We had some similarities with our involvement in 4-H, but my projects consisted of cooking and scrapbooking, not livestock. Our families both worked with natural resources but my father worked in the lumber industry, not the agricultural industry. My school did not have an FFA program I could be involved in (until my senior year), I was not a 4-H camp counselor, nor did I grow up on a farm. Despite these contrasts that make me feel somehow less experienced, I have come to understand the advantages I have in communicating and analyzing my perspective and other’s perspectives of the ag industry.

I have realized that I do not fit into this perfect, square mold. I cannot morph comfortably into a box shape that confines my opportunities and achievements. But one year later and here I still stand, ready to shatter the glass ceiling that traps the future into oblivion about the raw truth of agriculture. I have found that I am most passionate about breaking the stereotype in a way that inspires other young people to pursue a career in agriculture. I  am passionate about my role as a young women in agriculture. And because I am passionate, I am now confident that agriculture is for me.

Practicing Agricultural Communication: Conventional vs. Sustainable Agriculture: Friend or Foe?
LINK- https://youtu.be/-dCzWT4Thgc

 

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Artifacts

My EHESHA 2157 class revolves around the ideas, theories, and implementation of service-learning in the Columbus community. This year, I was placed at a service site north of Linden at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Northern Lights Branch as a tutor. I was expecting to work with young children one on one but in reality, I worked with students of all ages in all subjects. Nothing was off limits.

For the first time, I felt overwhelmed and out of my element. I did not know how to interact with kids, and I was communicating with students who identify as islamic, new americans from Africa. I could not be more opposite. Despite having a different identity, the students embraced me. I poured my knowledge into them and adjusted my methods to each student that I was working with. But most of all, I asked them to share parts of their story with me. I wanted to know about their transition to the US. I wanted to hear the stories about how their family gave up all their assets and savings to merely step foot onto US soil. I wanted to be overcome with rage as I heard about their experiences as a minority living under system that does not deal cards in their favor. But most of all, I wanted to help them overcome the odds.

Little did I know that they were there to help me. They shaped and utterly transformed my perspective of what Africa was like. They say the nights are much colder there! They took my preconceived notions of an Islam and islamic women and showed me the kindness, peace and bravery of a nation of silenced peoples. I wanted to be their voice. I wanted to be their hands so they would learn well. I wanted to be their minds so I could give them the right answers. But that is not my place. No one asked me to give up myself for them and so, I have learned more than anything, that service is not hours stamped into a timesheet, nor is it a line on a resume, but it is a small sacrifice and a small immersion into a community that I will never have a chance of fully understanding. I am not a maunderer or a symbol for these children in contrast to the modern world, I do not carry the brunt of their weights on my shoulders. But I see them and I hear them.

My role as a Northern Lights Homework Help tutor is to share what I know to students, to ask questions and listen to their stories, and to in turn, share their voices with people whom I identify with in hopes of transforming their perspective. Self-reflection is a rather small token in exchange for heart wrenching stories but perhaps, in my day to day thoughts and experiences, I might stumble upon an opportunity to use what I have learned to connect to the islamic community and those who do not understand it. We cannot change the world with money, research, or programming. People change people. Nothing has reigned more true.

 

Northern Lights Library Presentation-2n5qo15

 

 

About Me

Hello. My name is Logan Woodyard and I am from a small town in Southeastern Ohio called Jackson, home of the renown Jackson Apple Festival and the Ironmen. I have come from a long linage of those growing up in the Appalachian region so advancing both social and educational opportunities to students in the region is a passion of mine. I graduated from my alma mater Jackson High School in 2016. I am currently attending The Ohio State University where I am majoring in Agriculture and Applied Economics. Here, I am a Mount Leadership Society Scholar where I serve on the Leadership Training Committee and I am in Agriculture Business Club. I have a passion for becoming involved in my community and I will continue to grow as a leader in my social and educational journey’s. I hope to become a Peer Mentor for the university and lead underclassmen into the college environment and travel abroad. I am eager to expand my outlook as I immerse myself in new cultures and experiences here at OSU and I hope I can apply what I have learned here to work in the agricultural field doing global trade and marketing as well as policy and law for governments and private firms.