Hello! My name is Connor Buehler. I’m a third-year Fisher student specializing in finance and human resources with a minor in history. I am thankful to be a member of the 23rd Cohort. It has been an experience like no other!
One of the best moments was when we recently headed over to Schottenstein Center to meet with Chris Holtmann, the third-year head coach of the Ohio State men’s basketball team. He was kicking off our Honors Cohort Impact Challenge, which is a six-month-long journey into making a difference in our community through service projects.
Just before Coach Holtmann arrived, Ty Shepfer, program director of Honors Cohort, had presented our team assignments. We could not wait to get started. But the process of building a new team to accomplish so much in so little time at first seemed daunting – almost “impossible.”
But the coach’s inspiring talk was by far one of the most interesting and inspiring conversations I’ve ever experienced. He began by saying, “great teams have great teammates.”
I am a basketball fan. However, regardless of sports, to hear about his time as a leader, to hear his advice regarding our own new teams, and to gain insights from someone who inspired a team that was destined to fail but performed far above expectations was very impactful for my classmates as well.
Just two years ago, Coach Holtmann had been put into an uncomfortable situation by leaving what he had grown accustomed to at Butler. He faced the fire with full force and, in doing so, accomplished what seemed “impossible” only a few months earlier.
Although a large majority of our talk was focused around being a great leader, fellow Cohort student Chungeun Cho raised a great question about being the best follower that you could be in a team environment such as Division 1 College Basketball.
Chungeun recalled, “Coach Holtmann answered by saying that the water boy is an essential part of the team, and nobody thinks of him as a follower but a leader who helps the team. It meant a lot to me.”
While we begin the process of being on teams of up to eight students, this is an important thing to remember – sometimes it is more important to thrive in your specific role than to be the overall leader. We all want to accomplish this in what will probably be the most testing months of our young academic careers, and we can’t wait, because we all have great teammates.
On behalf of myself and the entire 23rd Honors Cohort, thanks for being part of the Honors Cohort team, and thanks for supporting the Honors Cohort 2019 fundraising campaign!