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Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program


This is a creative space updated occassionally with program news as well as short reflection posts by the Fellows. Posts will reflect on current activities and events happening in the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program. 

  • A Word from the Wise - Sahiti Tamirisakandala

    04/26/21 by Staff

    The “regular” routines of a college student have drastically changed in the past year. Every day, students like me do the same exact things with very little variation: wake up, go to class, do homework, go to sleep. It’s an endless loop that has allowed me to develop some pretty bad habits. Habits like leaving dishes in my room for two or three days. Habits like accidentally talking over people in a zoom meeting and then refusing the speak up again. Habits like constantly brainstorming what lies I can come up with to avoid turning on my camera in class. Slowly these habits are beginning to feel like my new personality emerging from being secluded all the time. Because of this, I am constantly upset with myself for not being the same person I was last year and for letting the uncertainty around me impact me to this degree.

  • A Word from the Wise - Minji Jeong

    04/20/21 by Staff

    What is the best piece of advice a mentor or mentor figure has given you? How has this advice impacted your life, decisions, and/or goals?

    A few names and advice crossed my mind as I was thinking about mentors. But the person that’s had the most impact on me as a person has always been my mom. Besides her positive outlook on life, open-mindedness, quirky dance moves, and so many more, she has taught me the most important thing that always has been and will be an anchor in my life.

    “No matter what the result is, even if you don’t do well, it’s always okay as long as you tried your best.” This was one thing she would always remind me and my brother of since we were little kids. In South Korea, which is where I grew up until my freshman year of high school, academics are extremely competitive from a young age. Higher education is regarded as a high priority for Koreans and a lot of people’s lives revolve around education. Academic success is heavily emphasized as it does propel a great number of aspects of life such as socioeconomic status, social prejudice, and even marriage prospects. This often leads to children and teenagers facing a great amount of societal pressure to succeed academically and even to unethical actions. Growing up, I did feel this societal pressure to be the best in school and go to the best college possible, but my mom always reminded me to not define myself by a grade. Furthermore, her advice led me to be driven by my motivations and not by anyone else’s.

    This also prompted me to constantly try new things with less fear. I won’t lie and say that I don’t get scared at all when facing a new challenge, but what my mom has taught me transformed how I view and cope with failure. I shift my focus to the process rather than the results even if I don’t get the outcome I desired. I learned to give myself a short amount of time to be emotional, rant, or whatever I need to do to let it out then quickly shift to reflecting on my actions and improvement areas. Even if I tried my hardest and failed, I always took away something from that experience. This helped me to move on without feeling disappointed in myself and to continue to challenge myself.

    At a lot of moments in our lives, we’re pressured to be the best while the amount of effort we put in doesn’t always get much spotlight. My mom has always taught me to value my process over results even if others value my results over process.

  • A Word from the Wise - Tyvon Smith

    04/12/21 by Staff

    What is the best piece of advice a mentor or mentor figure has given you? How has this advice impacted your life, decisions, and/or goals?

    The biggest piece of advice that a mentor has given me is to always aim for the highest that I can achieve, and to never be afraid of possibly being alone in the journey. For me personally, this piece of advice has tremendously been impactful to me as there are many endeavors and opportunities at OSU that I have partook in as being the only African American male to do so in my (prospective) graduating class. This advice stimulates my ambition and motivates me to always excel regardless of the unlikely circumstances I may encounter.

  • A Word from the Wise - Simran Ambwani

    04/5/21 by Staff

    What is the best piece of advice a mentor or mentor figure has given you? How has this advice impacted your life, decisions, and/or goals?

    One piece of advice a mentor told me is that in college is that I must prioritize my time well because I will not have time for everything. There are so many opportunities to grow at OSU and sometimes there is pressure to be overly involved. But, figuring out what you want to dedicate your time to in college will help with your overall experience and life goals. It will help you become passionate about things and help you figure out more of your identity and purpose in life. College is all about making decisions for yourself and figuring out what is important to you. So, even though it may take some time, figure out what is important to you and focus on that. This has impacted my life, decisions, and goals because it has given me time to reflect on what I am passionate about. Prioritizing my time has allowed me to get involved in things I am interested in and even add a minor that has guided my current career aspirations. Without delegating my time in the correct manner, my life would be different. I am glad I had someone to tell me early on that this is an important part of college. 

  • A Word from the Wise - Steven Wallace

    03/22/21 by Staff

    What is the best piece of advice a mentor or mentor figure has given you? How has this advice impacted your life, decisions, and/or goals?

    One of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve received and always carry with me is from my dad when I was twelve. On a ninety-plus degree afternoon in August, my dad was tying his shoes on our front steps when he asked me if I wanted to go running with him, I was intimidated. I knew that my dad ran a longer, hillier route than the loop I had been running and was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to complete it. For some reason, unbeknownst to me now, I agreed and laced up my shoes with him. After we started running, I soon felt the faster pace he ran at and began to struggle. I thought I was being attacked, the heat and humidity each taking turns laying it in on me. It felt like a weight had been placed on my chest as I sweated profusely and did my best not to walk. About 3 miles into our hellish journey, I stopped to walk and thought I was incapable of running anymore. My dad, who had slowed down to meet me, told me as he jogged in place, “Come on, you can keep going! Don’t stop moving!”. At the time I thought he was crazy and thought to myself, “Doesn’t he know I feel like I’m going to die? How am I still alive?”. Using his encouragement, I mustered up all the energy I had and started jogging again. I had a couple of short walk breaks on our way back home, but eventually we finished.

  • A Word from the Wise - Riley O'Brien

    03/15/21 by Staff

    What is the best piece of advice a mentor or mentor figure has given you? How has this advice impacted your life, decisions, and/or goals?

    One of the best lessons I've learned in life was through my mom. This lesson was never an explicit piece of advice but rather learned through a culmination of experiences and exchanges with her. Whenever I was at a crossroads and had a hard time understanding how to move forward when working with people, the immediate response from my mother was to understand what has been said and then attempt to view it from the other party's perspective. In this consistent immediate breakdown of whatever situation I was in, I now regularly perform the same analysis whenever I find myself unsure of how to move forward with a person or persons. In doing this, I have become exponentially better at navigating relationships as well as building more meaningful connections.