I survived my first year of college. This year was filled with lots of academic challenges but these challenges were eradicated by the lessons I learned. The transition from high school academics to college level academics was a big transition in terms of the difficulty and time I had to put into it. I never really struggled academically in high school, but this year I found myself having to study for hours in order to truly master the material. I learned to enjoy mastering the material and the intellectual stimulation it brought. I developed a new strategy in order to maximize my time and my outcomes. However, it wasn’t all tough times. I met many kind and interesting people, including the ones in the Health Science Scholars community. It felt great to embrace the Ohio State community through all the special events and sporting festivities. It really felt like one big family embrace.
I would advise incoming freshmen to get involved in as much as possible! You will get out what you put in as far as involvement goes. Ohio State may seem big and daunting at first, but through getting involved and building close relationships, you can make it feel small. But in course getting involved is in vain if your GPA isn’t high enough. The sooner you get on top of things the less stress you will have come finals season. Time managment is key. It may seem daunting but it is certainly doable. Go Bucks!

Year in Review

I survived my first year of college. This year was filled with lots of academic challenges but these challenges were eradicated by the lessons I learned. The transition from high school academics to college level academics was a big transition in terms of the difficulty and time I had to put into it. I never really struggled academically in high school, but this year I found myself having to study for hours in order to truly master the material. I learned to enjoy mastering the material and the intellectual stimulation it brought. I developed a new strategy in order to maximize my time and my outcomes. However, it wasn’t all tough times. I met many kind and interesting people, including the ones in the Health Science Scholars community. It felt great to embrace the Ohio State community through all the special events and sporting festivities. It really felt like one big family embrace.

I would advise incoming freshmen to get involved in as much as possible! You will get out what you put in as far as involvement goes. Ohio State may seem big and daunting at first, but through getting involved and building close relationships, you can make it feel small. But in course getting involved is in vain if your GPA isn’t high enough. The sooner you get on top of things the less stress you will have come finals season. Time managment is key. It may seem daunting but it is certainly doable. Go Bucks!

 

G.O.A.L.S.

I achieved my service hours in a variety of mediums this year. My first and personally most impactful event was the Day of Service in Columbus. Traveling to a primary school with other HSS students, we were able to complete a multitude of refurbishments to the school. These included creating a new garden area for the students to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, giving classrooms a facelift, and fixing up the playground. This experience was very impactful because it reminded me that while I am attending a top tier university, not all children have equal access to the same education. Volunteering at this school helped me do  just a little bit to help this problem. I also had the opportunity to go back to my old high school and be a speaker at an event in which current high school students learn about the college experience and how to prepare for it. I remember how daunting it was to go off to college so being able to help calm some fears in other students was very fullfilling.

I also volunteered as a coach at a Lil Kickers soccer camp in my area. This was very enjoyable because as a former soccer player it was amazing to see young kids so enthusiastic about the game! Being able to pass on my knowledge of the sport to up and coming players was the least I could do after gaining so many positive experiences from the sport. Soccer does not receive the same attention as football or baseball does in the United States, so helping kids become enamored with the game is huge for the sport.

To finish out my service hours I volunteered at Lincoln-Way Christian Church to prepare meals to send to underprivileged villages in Africa. These meals were prepared with all the essential nutrients that people in Africa may not necessarily recieve. While I may not worry about where my food comes from everyday, some people do so it was nice to be able to make a difference.

Artifacts

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About Me

 

My name is Luke Baumgartner and I’m from New Lenox, Illinois. Growing up I played competitive soccer. I have two dogs, Cody and Ivy, that I love to spend time with and take on hikes. I enjoy watching new movies especially the Star Wars series as well as DC and Marvel Comic movies. My favorite music artists include Post Malone and Travis Scott. At OSU I plan to major in health sciences before moving on to an undecided career in the healthcare field. In addition to this, I will also be pursuing a minor in Spanish. I also plan to get involved in volunteering organizations as well as intramural sports.