Academic Enrichment & Service Engagement

The G.O.A.L.S. of Honors & Scholars are designed to outline critical components of finding success. The program facilitates opportunities that allow students to find success both in college and later life. The facets of G.O.A.L.S I have found most valuable and applicable in my life and chosen aspirations are Academic Enrichment and Service Engagement. Academic Enrichment is the pursuit of academic excellence through experience both in and out of class. Service Engagement is a commitment to the community and actively acquiring knowledge of social issues established in society.

My experience as an undecided student has given me a scope of the many different majors and careers and how they can collaborate to make society more successful. I have garnered a great importance upon being a well-rounded student and have gotten great experience both through GE courses and through organizations I have joined on campus. In my first semester alone, I have enjoyed a wide range of Calculus, Spanish, English, and History of Art classes that have provided many different perspectives on important content and ideas. Outside of the classroom, STEM EE Scholars provides a community of motivated students with a particular value on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I have already applied one particular survey class discussion on bioethics and genome editing to an Art History essay concerning ethics and understanding polarizing arguments.

A common theme throughout this portfolio is my strong values of service and outreach. My desire to help people and impact lives will play a significant role when determining a major, as a fulfilling career for me will involve the opportunity to improve individual lives. The organization I am most excited to contribute to is UHA Columbus – a non-profit dedicated to improving universal health. The organization creates events for students on campus and Columbus residents aimed towards educating, facilitating a link to health professions, and providing free health services. In addition, I became a member of Off the Lake Productions – the only student run theatre organization on campus that jointly dedicates itself to community service by raising funds and collecting donations. I hope to always contribute to service causes throughout my life and also continue to develop deeper understandings of different academic studies in order to remain an informed citizen.

UHA Columbus Fall Screening

From recent personal experience, I particularly empathize with the cause of making health care affordable and available to all. In the ninth week, I became a member of UHA Columbus, an organization dedicated to improving universal health. The Columbus chapter is part of the larger national non-profit Universal Health Aid with the same goal of improving all aspects of health particularly for individuals without access to regular health care or insurance.

My first event with the organization was a free heath screening for Columbus residents. The event was planned before I became a member, however, I was given the opportunity to volunteer, and I assisted by welcoming and directing patients. Fewer than expected people attended, but it reinforced the importance of making an impact on individual lives. Such impact cannot be quantitatively measured but is nonetheless as important. The ability to assist individuals changes lives and promotes a healthy Columbus community.

Community Commitment 2017

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My passion for service was first satisfied on my third day on campus. Per my brother’s recommendation, I participated in Pay It Forward’s Community Commitment 2017. Community Commitment is a day for students to serve a multitude of agencies around Columbus. I chose to join a group with my brother and we helped in the offices at the North Central Mental Health Services just outside of the Short North. North Central Mental Health Services provides a wide variety of services and consultations including: mental illness and addiction recovery support, suicide prevention and education, psychiatric assessments, and an array of adult, elder, and family mental health and recovery services. It was a unique opportunity to serve the important cause of mental health.

The majority of our volunteering was guided towards relieveing an excess of office related tasks, so that the counselors and administrators could focus more time on their clients. North Central Mental Health Services also has a 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline and is one of the nation’s 160 local crisis centers. During our time at the office, we were able to speak to volunteers of the hotline and learn about the role they have in saving lives. The experience inspired me to join the cause of eliminating the stigma behind mental illnesses and advancing universal health opportunities.

About Me

Hello, my name is Sarah Bach, and I’m so excited to call Ohio State and Columbus my new home! I was originally born in Columbus but have since lived in a small town outside of Akron, Ohio. My college experience at Ohio State is of great importance to me as it is a chance to explore all of my interests and be involved in the community through opportunities unavailable to me before. One of these interests is service. My previous volunteering experience includes leading and mentoring children from preschool age to underclassmen at my high school. At Ohio State I have already participated in Pay It Forward’s Community Commitment and am looking for more ways to contribute to the community.

My passion for service emphasizes my desire to engage in a team and add to the success of my community. I am currently undecided in University Exploration and on track for a Spanish language minor. I have enjoyed many AP and Post-Secondary science, technology, and math classes, which is why I chose to pursue the STEM EE Scholars program. In STEM Scholars, University Exploration, and co-curricular activities I hope to explore my interests in the STEM field and apply my acquired skills and creative and hardworking attitude to benefit the world around me.


This blog serves to introduce my interests and values and track my journey at Ohio State beginning with my first semester in 2017. The ePortfolio is meant to characterize myself and highlight my meaningful experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Each category on the page holds pertinent information about myself in connection to the G.O.A.L.S. of Ohio State’s Honors & Scholars, thoughts on my future career, and artifacts detailing my interests and achievements. Thank you.