Achieving My G.O.A.L.S.

Global Awareness

My coursework for the next four years will consist of courses that examine the cultures and ideas of different groups of people across the world. For instance, I am pursuing a minor in Spanish. The classes that I must take to complete this include learning their grammar and word usage, reading their literature, and examining how they express their culture. I am also hoping to study abroad at some point in my career. I am currently considering a trip to Tanzania, Africa, in order to study the development of HIV. Traveling to a lesser develop country would give me greater perspective into my way of life compared to others across the globe.

Original Inquiry

I am hoping to get involved with research during either the second semester of my first year or during my second year. I am very interested in genetics, development, and the body systems. Hopefully, I will be able to work with a research team and make my own contributions to their findings. During my senior year, I would like to complete an honors thesis.

Academic Enrichment

Through the honors program, I will take many advanced courses at the university. Although my major is Biology, I will take difficult courses outside of this subject. For example, I will be taking multiple 3000+ honors courses for my Spanish minor. My GE courses will also reflect this, as I will need to take advanced history and english classes that I would not normally take as a science student. By taking these classes, I will broaden my horizons and make me a well-rounded person.

Leadership Development

I will be an active member in the clubs that I participate in. For instance, I have volunteered to manage the website for the OSU Figure Skating Club. This will help me work on my organization skills while providing information about our club to the community. I have also applied to participate in Catalyst, a leadership workshop. If accepted, I will learn how to apply my leadership skills to all of my endeavors.

Service Engagement

I will give back to my community by performing volunteer work. I have recently applied to be a Wellness Coach, where I will assist people in planning how they will achieve their goals. This is important to me because I would like to help others work through their mental health challenges using some of the skills that I have developed over the years. I am also hoping to volunteer at a hospital in the future, both to gain hospital experience and to help others that are going through rough points in their life. Other than this, I try to volunteer at whatever event comes along. For example, I participated in Community Commitment and have signed up to volunteer at the Hot Chocolate 5k.

Community Commitment

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to participate in my first Community Commitment, hosted by Pay it Forward. Two of my friends an I were assigned to the Olentangy River Wetlands Research Facility, where we helped to repaint a gazebo. We learned that the gazebo held numerous events, such as bird watching clubs and OSU classes. The gazebo also allows people passing on the trails to better admire the wetlands. I had an amazing time giving back, and also met some very generous people who demonstrated the importance of teamwork and kindness. There were two young girls at the site, whom I believe were the daughters of the manager. The two of them were so excited to assist in painting, and also found such cheer in providing us volunteers with water and snacks. Their level of enthusiasm towards serving others was incredible for their age. They really humbled me and inspired me to be more like them… innocent, pure, and eager to make a difference in others’ lives.

Year in Review

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  • 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.


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About Me

Hello, and welcome to my ePortfolio! My name is Zarah Belacic. I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. I attended Green High School, in which I had the honor of being the Valedictorian of my class. I graduated Summa Cum Laude, as a distinguished scholar, with a Seal of Biliteracy, along with earning an honors diploma. Some of my other proudest achievements were receiving both the Foreign Language Department Award and the English Department Award at our senior ceremony. I took numerous honors, AP, and college level classes throughout my high school career, but excelled in those relating to science and math. Having these passions in mind, along with volunteering at the Akron Children’s Hospital, I decided that I would like to become a physician in the future.

I recently decided to further my education with the honors program at the Ohio State University. I am currently pursuing a major in Biology with an interest in Pre-medicine. Along with my major, I plan on earning a minor in Spanish. I hope to someday change the world of healthcare, whether it be by discovering something new through research, inventing a new medical technique, or by simply helping those in need on a daily basis.

I am currently involved with the OSU Figure Skating Club and Doctors without Borders.