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My name is Leah Horan, and I am a senior from Centerville, Ohio majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering with minors in Business and History. At Ohio State, I have had the chance to serve in leadership roles within the Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, the Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. I have also conducted research for the Department of Engineering Education and helped as a teaching assistant in the Fisher College of Business and the College of Engineering. My studies at Ohio State have extended far beyond its campus, as I had the incredible experience of studying abroad last May with the Transnational History of WWII program during which I toured historic sites of Europe alongside Ohio State students and professors. I am extremely grateful for all of the amazing opportunities that Ohio State has offered me over the last few years, and I would not be the person I am today without them.
My first of many involvements here was the Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program. I entered college during the fall of 2020 when COVID-19 limited in-person opportunities. While many other students were struggling to find their place during the turbulent time, Mount immediately became my home. I found myself surrounded by the most diverse community of people I had ever had the privilege of being a part of and the most thoughtful, passionate and inspiring individuals I had ever met. The most valuable lessons I’ve learned at Ohio State have been from my fellow Mount Scholars. They’ve inspired me to pursue my passions and believe in my own leadership abilities. Mount has continued to be a home for me throughout my time in college, and I know many other Mount Scholars can say the same.
Mount Scholars study the qualities of effective leadership, champion diversity and inclusion and devote significant amounts of time to improving their communities through acts of service. Coming from all different majors and possessing a wide variety of passions, Mount Scholars go on to lead organizations all across campus. Upon graduation, we carry the teachings we learned from Mount with us to lead the way in our career fields and communities. When I look at my fellow Mount Scholars, I see people that already have and will continue to change the world for the better. They have already changed me for the better.
The programming for the Mount Leadership Society benefits greatly from donations which help ensure students have the resources they need to develop their leadership skills and implement wide-reaching service projects throughout Columbus. I encourage you to join me in making a gift to the Mount Leadership Society Fund to help develop and support our future leaders in a scholars program that truly is together for good.
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