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2023 Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Alexis Adams

Posted by Rachel Jarvis on Wed, Sep 20, 2023

Alexis Adams

 The Community Foundation for Crawford County is pleased to introduce Alexis  Adams, a 2023 recipient of one of the 19 Doug and Renee Leuthold Scholarship  awards and one of the 19 Margaret and Donald Wenner, MD Scholarship  awards.

 Alexis, the daughter of Trent Allan Adams and Amanda Marie Bachtell, is a  2020 graduate of Bucyrus High School. She will be entering her fourth year of a  Bachelor’s Degree in Film at The Ohio State University this fall.


What is your favorite aspect of college life?

“I would say my favorite aspect of college life is the wide variety of opportunities and experiences I have access to. I’ve been able to try so many new things at college, and I intend to continue! Such experiences include yoga, archery, ice skating, fencing, and cardio dance- but that’s just some of the things I’ve been able to try! There are so many classes the university offers that I haven’t been able to take, such as kayaking, whitewater rafting, and so much more! It's been a wonderful way to try some new things and fund some new fun hobbies!”

What new interest or courses of study have you discovered at college?

“The top new interests I have picked up at college would be fencing and ice skating. I fence with the Ohio University Olympic Sport Fencing Club during the school year, and the club meets about three times a week. We’re more of a recreational club, but we do participate in the occasional tournament. I picked this club up my freshman year, and I’ve been in it ever since. As for ice skating, that was a class I took last school year for fun, and I ended up loving it. It’s a little tricky at first, but once you find your balance, it’s super fun! I actually had so much fun in the fall taking that class that I took archery in the spring.”

In what ways has the college experience changed/improved you?

“I would say the college experience has made me more adventurous and more confident. These days, I’m always looking for the next new experience, the next adventure. I’m not afraid to try new things alone anymore, when I used to hesitate to go do anything unless I had someone to go with me. But I’ve learned that as long as you have the courage to go and try something, there’s always someone else there that’s just as scared and looking for a friend to talk to. Honestly, this is how you’ll make some of your best friends on campus! I event went on a study abroad this summer to Japan. I didn’t know anyone on the trip at first, but as we all got to know each other, we became friends, and the memories I made on that trip will stay with me forever. Now I want to keep traveling the world; there’s so many beautiful places to see and experiences to be had.”

What advice would you give an incoming college freshman?

“If there was one piece of advice I could give an incoming college freshman, I would say to join at least one student organization or club. Even if your chosen organization only meets once a week, still join it. Student organizations and clubs are going to be a big help to you on campus. For starters, they’ll help you meet new people and make some friends on campus. But they’ll also help you adjust to campus life and reduce homesickness. Plus, most of them are really fun, and there’s usually a wide variety of options that will suit just about any interest you could have. Whether it be sports, fine arts, or even literature- there’s a club out there for everyone.”

What is one item on your bucket list?

“Well, I’ve actually done a lot on my bucket list throughout my time in college! Most of my bucket list now consists of places I want to travel to that I haven’t already been. But if I had to choose one to name right now… I think I want to go to Egypt. As a film major, I have a lot of great ideas for scripts. One of my favorite ideas is based on Egyptian mythology, so I would love to actually visit Egypt to get a chance to know the history and culture there better and to see the architecture and get ideas for potential film locations. Books and the like are nothing compared to actually going to see another country and experiencing the culture there.”


Congratulations and good luck in the future, Alexis!

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