Alexa Heller

Alexa Heller

The strength I identify with most from my StrengthsQuest is positivity. In my own words, this means being able to see good in a situation that seems bad. I think that in our culture tends to revolve around the negative, because there are plenty that exist and they are very real. However, I believe that there is so much more hope to be had in these times than what we typically have and that even the worst circumstances can produce a goodness that would not otherwise have been possible. This influences my academic life because I can normally find motivation to do the work that normally seems dim and that I do not want to do. In my personal/social life this applies because I think a lot of people are searching for this kind of hope/positivity and I am normally able to give some sort of insight into this.

"Lessons from a First Year Buckeye" was one assignment that i found very useful. This assignment made me reflect on my first semester of college, which is something that I think can be easy to forget to do in the midst of all of the business. Some of the things that I wrote about I may not have even realized or appreciated as lessons learned, had I not reflected on them. It made me thankful for the things I have learned and the times I have had so far this year. I also think since I actually acknowledged and processed these lessons, I will be more likely to follow through them and take away realistic applications from them.

Another assignment that found very helpful was the curriculum plan activity. I actually ended up switching my major, but because of this activity I knew exactly how to run my audit and figure out what classes I needed to take. I was able to to get an idea of what my schedule might look like for the next few semesters before I even met with an advisor and I felt extremely prepared. I also think I learned how to manage and balance courses of different intensities and that is a skill that will help me throughout the rest of my college career.