1. One of my StrengthsQuest top five strengths was empathy. To me, this means having an opportunity to give people answers to the questions they have regarding the way they feel. I identify with this Strength the most due to the fact that it has been exceedingly helpful in many of my relationships. When it comes to my academic life, I can tell when my fellow classmates are struggling with a concept and I have the ability to offer help. When it comes to my personal life, I can tell when there is tension within my home. Whether this tension is due to an argument between my parents or my little brothers fighting, I can tell the mood of the house by their attitudes or actions and address it. When it comes to my social life, I have to be careful about asking friends what they are comfortable with sharing. I have to know who is comfortable with opening up before I ask, because I do not want to invade their privacy.
I just reread "A Letter to Myself" from the beginning the semester. We were supposed to write about why we chose Ohio State, and what we hope to accomplish here and afterwards. I explained how I never saw myself at here until my senior year, but I know I made the correct decision. Now, after a semester, I am happy to say I have experienced the best of academics and friendships. I still have the plan of working with middle or high school children on some level and am excited to be placed as a Young Life leader in a couple months. Through this project I was able to set goals for myself and learn about the kind of career I truly wanted to have. Having these goals to reflect on will keep me persuaded and remind me of what I desire my life to look like in the years to come.
"Lessons from a First-Year Buckeye" was also a valuable assignment. It gave me the opportunity to reflect on my past semester and pick five major lessons I feel I learned and would like to share with future students. My five lessons were to get involved, put yourself out there, you don't have to be best friends with your roommate, manage your time and keep in touch with your family. This assignment helped me to realize what I learned and how I have grown from an anxious girl going into her first year of college to a confident student. Having completed this assignment, I have been given the chance to look back on my five lessons in the semesters to come and remind myself of what to stay focused on.