This semester has been a rollercoaster ride with all kinds of ups and downs, but all in all, I have learned and grown a lot from it. I live in a quad in Barrett House, and I came in not knowing my roommates. Living in such small quarters was an adjustment for me, but I quickly got used to it and now actually really enjoy living with a bunch of good friends. As is the case with most college freshmen, classes were a bit overwhelming right off the bat. It came as a surprise how much more work is required for college courses than the typical high school class. After meeting with my advisor and going to office hours, I finally saw that it is all very possible to do well in, and I started getting better grades. Outside of classes, I have been regularly attending Biological Sciences Scholars events, remaining an active member of Health Points, as well participating the running club from time to time. Over the course of the year, I have become more familiar with my surroundings and gotten more comfortable with all of the resources that are available to me. This semester has definitely been one of the most influential experiences of my life, and I truly believe the changes that I have gone through have made me a better person.
Global Awareness: I believe in order for people to truly respect other’s cultures, they must diversify themselves and educate themselves about all the cultures of the world. I consider myself a very open and accepting person, so now I am consequently trying to better educate myself about the world around me. I have been taking Spanish classes since middle school, and am planning on enrolling in Spanish 1103 in the spring semester. I am still considering picking up a minor in Spanish for multiple reasons. I already have two Spanish credits so it would not require too much more work in order to reach the limit for a minor, and a minor in a foreign language can open up a lot of windows for working with Hispanic people or in a heavily Spanish-populated area. Throughout grade school and high school I did not have much of an option as to what language I would want to take, but Spanish has its benefits over other languages as far as practicality goes. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, and has huge influences all over the United States. It is also a plan of mine to study abroad for some period of time before my undergrad time at Ohio State is up. I enjoy travelling very much, and if I can combine travelling with schoolwork towards graduation as in a study abroad experience, then I am all for it. This will also be a good opportunity to gain some knowledge and respect for educational systems around the world. I was an active member of the Spanish club at my high school because I enjoy learning more about the language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Over the summer, I took a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This as my first time leaving the country, and it was a huge eye-opening experience for me because not only was there considerably more poverty, the entre way of life is different. When speaking to any server on the resort, we used Spanish because none of them were very fluent in English. I actually enjoyed this very much too because I knew a great deal of Spanish, and it was cool being able to use it in a real-world situation. I believe Global Awareness is pivotal in order to fully reach a level of understanding for all people, as well as the betterment of your own education.
Service Engagement: I fully believe in the purpose and importance of service in the community. There are many people that do not have all the same blessings or necessities to live a quality life, and it is our job to help those in need. I went to a Catholic high school, and service was a major pillar over the course of my 4 years there. I was also a member of National Honor Society, which required a certain amount of service hours per semester so service became a very regular thing for me. I was not solely doing these service and volunteering opportunities to meet requirements, I also enjoy the gratifying feeling that comes with helping others in service. This is part of what truly defines a scholar. Of course, I am in the Biological Sciences Scholars program so service opportunities are frequently available. I have yet to attend any of these events, but 10 total hours of service are required by the end of the semester. Some of the other clubs I am involved in, such as Health Points club, have volunteering opportunities close to once a week so the requirement should not be hard to meet. I know that as I gain more college experience, more chances to commit to service will appear and will help me in my road ahead.
I am a Biochemistry major, and I am thinking about gaining a minor in Spanish. I am on the pre-med track so my goal is to get accepted into medical school after my undergraduate graduation. My dad is a DO and has had a major influence on me throughout school with my interest in medicine. I intend to shadow him on a day over either Thanksgiving or Christmas break during a day he is working at the hospital in order to get a feel for the everyday life of physicians. I would say the area of medicine that interests me the most as of now is family medicine. Although this is not the most intense division, I want to be able to build a relationship with my patients, as well as help families grow and stay healthy. I am very personable, and would be easy to talk to for all kind of people. I am also interested in getting involved in either some form of volunteering or research within the next year. No matter where my schooling takes me in my career, I have faith that I will have the endurance to take on any task, as well as the experience necessary to do it well.
This fall, I have been playing on the Biological Sciences Scholars flag football team, the Mighty Chondrias. There are games at 3:30 p.m. every Sunday at Fred Beekman Park. These games are a fun way to get some exercise away from the rush of classes during the week while still staying within the community aspect of the scholars group.
I attended the Biological Scholars event on Friday, September 21 where we travelled to the Cadaver Lab, which is a part of the Ohio State Department of Anatomy. This was my first time going to a cadaver lab, so it was a very interesting and educational experience for me. With my intentions to one day go to med school, I am aware that this is going to become more familiar for me, so this was a good way to gain a little bit of knowledge about human anatomy.
Another scholars event that I attended was the men’s soccer game vs Furman on Friday, 8/24. Although Ohio State did not win this game, it was a good chance for me, as well as all of the freshmen present, to bond a little bit with some other people in the Biological Scholars program that I was living with but had yet to really get to know. The whole scholars program sat together off to the side of the bleachers, and it was really enjoyable, especially now looking back on it because that was the first time I met a lot of the people that I live with in Barrett House and that I have gotten close with.
This artifact differs from the others in that it is not a Biological Sciences Scholars event, nor is it even an Ohio State event for that matter. This picture was taken of me and several of my friends from high school after high school graduation. This marked a big transition in my life because I knew the next step was college, which I know now is a big jump. This is also representative of the impact my friends, old and new, have on my life in and out of school. I think everyone needs people that they can talk to about whatever and can hang out outside of classes to keep them sane, and I have been blessed with many of those people in my life.
Hello! My name is Patrick Scheatzle and I am a freshman at the Ohio State University from Canton, Ohio. My major is Biochemistry and I am on the pre-med track. I am actively involved in several on campus student-run organizations, such as running club, Health Points, and the ukulele club, as well as possibly joining the Chemistry and Biochemistry club in the future. Health Points is a pre-med club that offers good insight into how I should go about my next couple of years in order to best prepare myself for medical school. I am also a member of the Biological Sciences Scholars Program. This has been a great opportunity for me because it allows me to live and work next to all kinds of different people that share similar interests and similar majors as me. I plan to get involved in some form of research during my undergraduate career at Ohio State. I hope this E-Portfolio offers a little light into what I am doing, and everything I plan to accomplish in the future.
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This time last year, I would say I was a totally different person for many reasons. For one, I was not even sure yet where I wanted to go to college, but I knew Ohio State was one of my favorites if I got accepted. I was much more comfortable in my high school environment, mainly because I was with people I had known since kindergarten in a class of less than 80 people. By the time I was graduating, I was ready to venture out of that comfort zone. Senior year was a rollercoaster ride which included some of the best times of my life, highlighted by qualifying the for the state track meet in the spring. The moment that I received the acceptance letter from OSU, I knew that was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. Over the summer, I had a real job for the first time in my life with a landscaping company in my neighborhood, Dream Team Landscaping. This built a lot of character because of the difficult work that it included, as well as some important leadership skills because it prepared me for the responsibilities that would come with college. Being a part of the Biological Sciences Scholars has been a great advantage for me since school has started this fall because it places me around peers with similar majors and career plans. It did not take very long to realize that college is going to require quite a bit more time than high school, and it has caused me to make an adjustment and truly become a scholar. I enjoy the uncomfortable feeling that came with the first couple of weeks at Ohio State, because me stepping out of my comfort zone has now lead to a good academic start to the semester, as well friendships with countless new friends.