Junior Sherman Williams was drawn to OSU for many reasons. However, the way he clicked with the campus climate really sold him. “Ohio State has a great reputation for both academics and athletics, and those were indeed factors that helped influence my decision, but I ultimately chose Ohio State because it felt like home.” A large contributor to the continued manifestation of this feeling has been his involvement in the Sport and Wellness Scholars (SWS) community. Originally a pre-Athletic Training major, Sherman believed SWS would offer him the best mix of opportunities that would benefit him both inside and outside of the classroom. Even after electing to switch his major to Human Development and Family Science, this assertion rang true.
Sherman’s commitment to SWS catalyzed involvement in a wide variety of areas. Some of his most noteworthy memories include assisting with Kick-Off Week by helping with Morrill Tower move-in (SWS Scholars move in early), aiding with the All-Scholars Softball Kick-Off, facilitating bus tours for the parents of prospective Scholars around campus and downtown Columbus, and serving as a Scholars panelist tasked with meeting and answering questions posed by prospective students and their families. When asked to comment on what he has enjoyed most about SWS, Sherman stated, “...the relationships I have formed from getting to know everyone throughout my college career. Living with other students who shared similar interests to mine really made acclimating to college easier, and the sense of community it has instilled within me is what continues to drive my scholastic pursuits.” Within Scholars, Sherman certainly found his niche.
Outside of SWS, Sherman is a Youth & Family staff member for the Department of Recreational Sports. In this role, Sherman helps facilitate community programs utilizing Recreational Sports’ facilities. Further, Sherman is involved with the Post Baccalaureate Preparation Program. Through this entity, he acts as a mentor for first-year students. On top of this, Sherman is an active of SAFCALD (Student Association for family, Children, and Lifespan Development). With this organization, Sherman volunteers for a range of community service events.