Global Awareness

Global Awareness is where students expand and develop their appreciation for diversity, knowledge of other cultures, and individual differences. This year, I hope to obtain a Diversity, Intercultural, and Community Engagement (DICE) certificate. Additionally, I hope to study abroad and join one or two cultural organizations by the end of my four years at OSU.

Original Inquiry

Original Inquiry is where students become more independent by either getting involved in research or completing creative inquiry projects. During the end of my first year or the beginning of my second year, I am planning on getting involved in research in the Neuroscience field.

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment is where students challenge themselves in and outside the classroom. I’m majoring in Neuroscience and I’m also on the Pre-Med track, so several of my classes are science based. I intend on applying for the Honors program to challenge myself in the classroom after my first year.

Leadership Development

Leadership Development is where students grow and advance their leadership skills that will prepare them for their future career. This year, I’m trying to find one or two clubs where I can hold a leadership position. Best Food Forward, a club involved in promoting healthy eating, is one club I’m looking into for a leadership position. I am also thinking about becoming a Wellness Ambassador.

Moonlight Canoeing

Moonlight canoeing was one of the best experiences I had during my first few months at Ohio State. We were able to watch a beautiful sunset while floating down the Olentangy River, and as the night went on, a full moon came into view. After reaching the half way point, we all gathered together in our canoes to play a game of two truths and one lie. Less than 20 people attended this scholar’s event, so by the end of trip, I was able to know a little more about everyone.

Costa Rica

In 2016, I took the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica through a school trip with several of my classmates. I was able to immerse myself in a new culture, learn about different species and wildlife through hands on experiences, and make memories that will last forever. The one week adventure outside of the classroom was filled with water rafting, zip-lining, hikes up a volcano, horseback riding through the mountains, crocodile watching, and surfing. During all of these exciting activities, teamwork skills were built, problem solving skills were utilized, and communication between one another was strengthened. Through my four years at OSU, I hope to travel abroad to gain skills that cannot be obtained through the traditional classroom experience and expand my global awareness.

About Me

My name is Morgan Billstein, and I am a freshman involved in the Biological Sciences Scholars Program. Before moving to Columbus, I lived in a small town in Toledo, OH, where my graduating class at Ottawa Hills High School was just 73 students.

Throughout high school, my interests usually leaned towards math and science classes. Of the sciences I studied, I was most interested in ones relating to the medical field. I am extremely fascinated by all aspects of the human body, especially the brain, which has helped me to chose the pre-med track and Neuroscience as my major. My favorite extracurricular activities in high school were sports. I played varsity on both tennis and basketball all four years of school. I also enjoyed several clubs that allowed me to participate in community service. All of these extracurricular activities provided me the opportunity to grow as a leader and push myself out of my comfort zone.

As I begin my journey at The Ohio State University, I hope to challenge myself academically, discover my passions, and make new friendships and unforgettable memories.

First Semester 2017

My first few months at Ohio State have been filled with a myriad of new experiences and friendships. Whether it was learning my way around campus, attending various scholars events and new clubs, or going to my first Ohio State football game, unforgettable memories were created. I look forward to many more over the next three years!

Service Engagement


Service Engagement is where students participate in service around the community. This year I am part of the club MedLife where I complete various health related service projects and later in the year volunteer at Physician’s Free Clinic. Also, through Bio Sci Scholars, I plan on attending various events that are service based. Next year, I’m thinking about also joining the Red Cross Club that helps around campus with blood drives and other various activities.