The Second-Year Transformational Experience Program has had a great impact on me over this first semester of my sophomore year of college. I have met amazing people who create an inspiring sense of community in our group. My STEP mentor has had the biggest influence on my positive experience regarding this program and has been the one that fostered such a great environment with my peers. Through STEP, I have been able to explore myself and my future. I have learned the power and significance in stepping out of my comfort zone. And, I have explored the possibilities of a study abroad program. Study abroad was not at the top of my college to-do list. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel to many places in the United States, but I have never been out of the country. Therefore, traveling across the world makes me somewhat nervous. Participating in STEP has shown me the importance of embracing a new culture, stepping into the unknown, and taking advantage of all the amazing things this university and the world has to offer. Because of STEP, I have decided to apply to study abroad in May of 2020. I am so excited to embrace this opportunity to grow and learn more about myself and the world.
- Global Awareness: I hope to participate in a study abroad experience. I have never been out the the country and truly believe that experiencing new cultures is very important and can be very eye-opening. I am excited that Ohio State has so many options to study abroad.
- Original Inquiry: I have not participated in any research opportunities, but I hope to learn more about all that OSU has to offer in this area.
- Academic Enrichment: I feel very fortunate to attend The Ohio State University with the amazing faculty and professors they have that truly want you to succeed. The majority of my professors here at OSU have been challenging and it is apparent that they want you to get the most out of their class. They push you to work hard and are willing to help you along the way. Specifically, for the nursing program, I will be participating in clinicals starting next semester. I will be getting real-world experience while working and learning from professionals in the field.
- Leadership Development: As a part of the Mount Leadership Society Scholars, I am definitely working on building my leadership skills. Effective communication, organization, and accountability are a few of the many qualities I am learning through this amazing program. We practice these skills with our peers often by serving on committees and projects.
- Service Engagement: I often participate in service opportunities at Ohio State and the Columbus community. Last year, through Mount I had the opportunity to plan and implement a service project that met the needs of an organization to impact the greater Columbus area. I volunteered on and off campus about once a month last year. This year, I volunteer at the Wexner Medical Center weekly and will be taking a course in the spring is centered around community service and engagement. I will be participating in a long-term service project for the semester at one service site that is assigned to me that focuses around a social justice issue. I also hope to become more involved in Buckeyethon. I attended the event last year and was truly inspired by it and hope to play a larger role in the organization in the future.
Last year was an exciting year for me, academically. My first semester was all about adjustment. I had to effectively manage my time, live on my own, meet new people, and keep up with college courses. However, I would describe my experience as successful. One of the most important things I discovered was how, where, and when I study best. These skills are key to my success here and I will carry what I have learned about myself into second semester. Also, I have met some amazing friends in my first semester. Being a part of Club Tennis and the Mount Leadership Society Scholars have been the highlights of my first semester. I have met so many great people that really help make this place feel like home. My first semester has been an amazing experience, and I can’t wait for what’s to come in my future here at OSU.
The Mount Leadership Society Scholars holds an annual Leadership Conference for its members. This year, the focus of the conference was Collaboration. The keynote speaker was one of my favorite parts of the whole conference. Bill Dorenkott, director of swimming and diving at OSU, spoke on vital tools needed to become a better leader and collaborator. He was very engaging, personable, and his message spoke to everyone in the room, no matter their age or background. The conference also gave me the opportunity to connect with upper-class Mount Scholars and listen to two different women speak on their experiences and difficulties with collaboration in healthcare professions. I am very interested in pursuing a degree in the medical field, so it was very engaging for me to hear about and learn from their experiences. The tools and concepts emphasized at Mount Summit can and should be applied to everyone’s lives as we more forward. It helped teach me the importance of collaboration in the workplace and life in general. I will use this knowledge to better myself and pursue a successful future career. Hopefully, my actions can one day inspire others like the speakers and activities at Mount Summit inspired me.
I am involved in the Future Buckeye Physician’s Assistant Club here at OSU. Although I am undecided with my major, I joined this club because I am interested in the medical field and the physician assistant profession. I thought that this club would give me more exposure to the field and help me gain information and resources helpful to making a major choice. This club has definitely done that. In the short time I’ve been here, I already feel like I have gained more exposure to the profession. One opportunity I had to explore PA through this club is attending the Ohio University’s Physician Assistant school’s open house. I was probably the only freshman there and the only one who wasn’t sure they were going to be a PA, but I still found it very helpful to learn about the field and the specifics of what PA school entails. I got to tour the school and learn about the prerequisites, coursework, rotations, and much more. Overall, I enjoyed my visit and will use the knowledge gained to help me make a decision about my future career.
Anne Zivick is a first year student at The Ohio State University. Her caring and compassionate spirit has sparked her interest in the medical field, and she hopes to become a nurse or physician’s assistant in the future. At OSU, Anne is involved in the Mount Leadership Society Scholars program, a close-knit group whose focus is on community service and enhancing student’s leadership skills. She is a recent graduate of Green High School in northeast Ohio where she was born and raised. Anne has a passion for tennis and has been playing since she was seven years old. Her hard work and determination have helped earn her the title of three-time division I doubles state qualifier and, in 2016, state runner-up with her twin sister. She hopes to continue this passion and join OSU’s club tennis team. Anne also hopes to get the most out of her education from OSU and explore the countless opportunities that OSU offers. From academics to extracurricular activities to community service, Anne is so excited to embark on a new journey at OSU and take the next step toward a professional career.
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