OSU College of Dentistry Pre-Dental Day

I attended Ohio State’s College of Dentistry’s Pre-Dental Day for perspective dental students. For the first half of the day, various speakers provided tips for getting into dental schools, tips about the Dental Admissions Test, and general information about what it takes to be a dentist. During the second half of the day, we went down to the lab and were able to talk to current dental students and learn more about their daily lives. We also learned how to take impressions and how to drill teeth! At the end of the day, we were able to take home one tooth we drilled and our finished impressions. After attending Pre-Dent day, I am excited to continue my journey to become an orthodontist!

Newport Aquarium

I was able to travel to the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky with the Biological Sciences Scholars group and another scholars group. We were able to touch stingrays and sharks and also observe various types of freshwater organisms and salt water organisms. Throughout the trip I was able to meet new people in my scholar’s group and also learn more about marine organisms.

Global Awareness

Global Awareness is where students expand and develop their appreciation for diversity, knowledge of other cultures, and individual differences. Next spring semester, I am going to travel abroad with Semester at Sea to eleven different countries. I will be learning about different countries through courses offered on the ship, and then when the ship docks, I will be able to apply what I learned in class to real world experiences. Additionally, next fall semester, I hope to obtain a Diversity, Intercultural, and Community Engagement (DICE) certificate.

Original Inquiry

Original Inquiry is where students become more independent by either getting involved in research or completing creative inquiry projects. During my third year, I might get involved with research in the Neuroscience field or dental 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-Dental 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. Next year, I’m planning on becoming a Biological Sciences Scholar’s mentor, and I’m also going to try to find one or two clubs where I can hold a leadership position.

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, science, and art classes. Of the sciences I studied, I was most interested in ones relating to the medical field, and I loved my ceramics and jewelry classes. I am extremely fascinated by all aspects of the human body, especially the brain, which has helped me to chose Neuroscience as my major. To incorporate my passion for both art and science, I am also on the pre-dental track hoping to later specialize in orthodontics. 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.