For my Year of Service project, I served at two sites. The social justice issues that were connected to my service were health and food insecurity. At the beginning of this year, I began volunteering at the Wexner Medical Center as a University Ambassador. My role was to serve as a wayfinder for patients and visitors navigating the hospital. As a nursing major, volunteering at the hospital and gaining more exposure to communicating with patients and the healthcare environment was something that I was interested in since freshman year. I am happy that the Year of Service project has allowed me this volunteer opportunity right here at OSU. Additionally, through this past semester as part of the ESHESA 2751s course, I have been volunteering at NNEMAP food pantry. NNEMAP’s mission is to provide food to any and all in the Columbus area who meet the requirements. My role as personal shopper was to go through the pantry with the clients and make sure they get the correct amount of the foods they need. I was a friendly face around the pantry and helped make the clients feel comfortable. Before my service at NNEMAP, I had never volunteered at a food pantry before, so I was very excited about this new experience.
In my role as a wayfinder at the Wexner Medical Center, I can definitely tell that I have grown in my service. I feel very confident in navigating the hospital and managing transportation of patients and visitors throughout the hospital. I can also answer a lot more of their questions they may have compared to when I first started. If I do not know the answer, I can direct them to the appropriate person. Most importantly, I have gained confidence in talking to strangers, oftentimes in hard situations. Patients and visitors may feel scared or anxious walking into this hospital, but I feel I have gained the skills necessary to meet their needs in hopes of making their visit just a little bit easier. The most valuable lesson I have learned from my service here is that a small act to you (such as getting a visitor to their destination) may seem big to someone else.
I have only been volunteering at NNEMAP since the beginning of the semester, but it has already had an impact on me. I have had the pleasure to serve so many different types of people at the food pantry and have had the opportunity to chat with a lot of them. People with all different backgrounds and situations come to the pantry to get food. For example, I met an OSU student who had a family at home that just needed some extra help at with groceries. All these interactions has broadened my understanding of service and shut down some of my wrongful misconceptions about those I serve. Sometimes, the language/communication barrier is a challenge. But this is a situation that will undoubtedly happen again (especially in my future career in nursing), so I am thankful for the opportunity to practice and build on my communication skills through my service.
This experience will definitely change how I serve others in the future. I believe that I will be more comfortable sparking up conversations with strangers and has given me a newfound genuine interest in other’s lives. I will look for the little things that may make a difference to others. The different interactions I have had with those I served at NNEMAP has shut down my prior understanding and misconceptions of those I serve. Anyone and everyone will need help in one way or another at some point in their lives. Through my year of service, I have learned that the small things make a difference, and the basis of service is using your talents, knowledge, or ability to help others who need it, whoever that may be.
As a second year nursing student, I am just beginning my clinical experience with med-surg 1 on the general geriatric floor of the Wexner Medical Center. In these few short weeks, I have already learned so much about the nursing profession, and have gained many new skills. It is very helpful to practice these skills and observe the nursing profession in action. Not only practicing the technical skills, but also those of communication is extremely important in order to be a good nurse. I am very excited to learn more through clinical experience this semester and beyond.
Aside from clinical, I am also a certified Basic Life Support (BLS) provider and State-Tested Nurse’s Aid (STNA). These skills are imperative to know as Registered Nurse and area also requirements to start nursing school here at OSU.
While the health care skills and opportunities I have gained thus far are necessary to my profession, I have also learned skills of leadership through my involvement in the Mount Leadership Society Scholars. Through Mount, I have studied and attended seminars and meetings about communication, leadership, and citizenship. I have also had the opportunity to participate in many community service projects. These qualities I have gained and studied to be part of a good leader will be transferable in wherever my future career takes me. I also believe knowledge of these topics will set me apart from my peers.
My prior work experience includes a server at Guy’s Party Centre and Tennis Instructor at Springside Racquet and Fitness Club. As a server, I acquired skills of customer service, teamwork, and verbal communication while working in a fast-past and, at times, high pressure environment. As a tennis instructor, I gained the knowledge of how to communicate effectively and give constructive feedback in a confident manner. All of these skills of communication gained through my prior work experience will make me a better professional and team member in a future career.
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.
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.
Hi! My name is Anne Zivick and Welcome to my e-Portfolio. Read on to hear about my journey through college!