Award show

My friends and I attended the annual African Youth League Gala. My friend, Suad Osman, was one of the recipients at the gala. It was an amazing experience to  see people of the African Diaspora like me embracing our wildly different but unique traditions through our choice of cloths. It was also inspiring to see what my African peers are doing to better and promote various but vibrant cultures.

Year in Review

Freshman year was a very dynamic year in my life because it was filled with many ups and downs. Some of the highlight of my year were being part of a campaign for Undergraduate Student Government and moving up into a leadership as the Presentation Coordinator. I am now also a part of the executive board of the Somali Student Association as the IT-chair.

During Autumn semester, I faced a lot obstacles that not only challenged my views and place in the world but also what I truly wanted to do in future. With that said, I decided to change my major and I am now majoring in Computer and Information Systems. I am glad to have met everyone in my scholars group because they influenced me and challenged me in way I never expected. In my application to this scholar group, I wrote down that the reason I wanted to  be part of International Affairs Scholars was because I wanted to meet a diverse group of people in not just the racial variety but also of the mind. and I am glad to say that I this wish was granted.

 

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc .
Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.   For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

EndHateOSU

Earlier this year, I was selected to be a committee representative for the Diversity and Inclusion division of the Undergraduate Student Government. This position has given me a lot of opportunities to start and create several hard hitting conversations around the campus that fostered the sense of  inclusion in the university. Under the new campaign #ENDHATEOSU, I have been able to organize and be a part of several diversity discussions like for example, The Israel-Palestine Discussion. In attending this event, I was able to get an unbiased information about the issue and have very meaningful and informed discussion with my peers and determine new ways in which the problem could be solved.

 

About Me

 

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Hello! My name is Ayobami Balogun, I am freshman at The Ohio State University who is currently undecided BUT is planning on majoring in Public Health and double minoring in Business and Theater. I fell in love with volunteerism and helping the underprivileged while I worked and volunteered at a soup kitchen called Faith Mission, it gave me the opportunity to converse with a lot of the customers and not just see them as homeless but as dynamic human beings in whom homelessness doesn’t define in a whole. At Planned Parenthood,  I was a liaison between my fellow peers and Planned Parenthood health professionals, I taught young girls at urban schools about sexual and reproductive health issues and served as neutral, non-judgmental ground  in which my fellow peers could safely ask any questions they had. I  also volunteered at the Physician Care Connection Clinic, a free clinic that completely runs on volunteers and tries to provide medical care for undeserved patients who can’t afford proper healthcare. Currently, I serve as a committee representative on the Diversity and Inclusion board of the Undergraduate Student Government, and a general body member of MUNDO and the African Youth League(AYL). As someone who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, a global south country, mental-illness was still seen as a social taboo and the government gave an abysmal effort in trying to support a change in the public’s perception. As a result, many mentally-ill people were abandoned by their families and left homeless, so in terms of my future goals, I hope to someday work as a spokesperson and creator of a non-profit hospital that treats mentally-ill patients in global-south countries.