My First Semester at OSU

My first semester at OSU was good overall. The transition at first took some time, especially with finding balance, but now I feel as if I am well-adjusted to the rhythm of things. I’m lucky to have met so many incredible people during the first semester and to have reconnected with old friends. Campus feels a lot smaller now, and I feel very comfortable navigating my way around campus. I’ve found a lot of cool study spots already, but I am always eager to find more! I love the greater sense of independence and control I have over my time that college offers in comparison to high school.

I really appreciate how there’s so much to do on campus. There’s always a chance to try something new, and perhaps discover something about yourself in the process. Even in the last few months, I feel as if I’ve grown a lot as a person, and have learned more about myself, my beliefs, interests, and my identity. However, this is a continuous process, so I am very excited for all of the growth that will take place.

Although I did experience some disappointments during my first semester, I am looking forward and am excited to start stronger moving into the second semester. I found a lot of extracurriculars and communities that I would like to get more involved with next semester. I also plan to get more involved with all of the different opportunities and events the Humanities Scholars offers, as I feel as if I haven’t been the most involved this semester. Additionally, I would love to explore Columbus more! I haven’t had that many opportunities to explore the city, but it’s something that I am interested in doing.

I am thankful for all of the experiences, memories, and friendships that took place over these past three months. I’m especially thankful for all of the hardships I faced, for those moments helped me build perseverance and faith. I remember questioning whether or not OSU was the right place for me before starting college, but now I can confidently say that it is.

Humanities This Week

The fact that the population here at Ohio State University is so diverse makes it so incredibly easy to see the richness and vastness of the humanities. My close friend group consists of individuals from different backgrounds: Thailand, China, Korea, Mexico, India, and many more. With these different backgrounds, I have been exposed to the differences in language, food, music, and even mannerisms. This week, in particular, I went to my friend’s apartment and we got to eat dim sum together, and then at church, we ate traditional Spanish cuisine. Even at the dining halls, they acknowledge the broad range of cultures and its foods as they offer selections from Indian curry and chole to traditional American cheeseburgers. Even when eating, it was interesting to see the differences in the way people eat, either using chopsticks, a fork and knife, or just using our hands. Even though we are all sitting at the same table and eating the same foods, the way we eat such foods is different. Our backgrounds and the way we were raised all factor into even the smallest of our actions and habits. A lot of my friends also speak Korean like I do and so it’s nice being able to refer to something in Korean and everyone being able to understand and relate. Similarly, music also makes up a large part of the humanities, and this week I’ve listened to a broad selection from jazz tunes to Japenese pop music to classic rock. The humanities touch all facets of our lives and allow people to come together.