Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

For the global awareness portion, I plan on going to Israel this summer to learn about another country and the cultures in it. I plan on spending ten days touring the country and learning the history. I plan to then obtain an internship and live in an apartment for the summer.

For the original inquiry component, I plan on participating in research over the next three and a half years at Ohio State. As a neuroscience major, I would love to get hands on experiences in labs. I plan on going to graduate school after college and so being in a lab will be crucial to secure myself a spot.

For the academic enrichment component, I plan on taking the most challenging courses available to me and put forth effort in each course.  I want to spend time learning all of the information and not just memorizing the facts given to be.

For leadership development, I plan to join different groups on campus where I can gain leadership experience. I am a member of Ohio State’s AIPAC group where I practice leadership by creating relationships and explaining the importance of the US-Israel relationship to peers.

For the service engagement component, I plan on getting involved with service clubs on campus. In high school,  I was part of a service group where we went to a different service sight in Columbus every month. I plan to use this exposure to find different volunteer and internship opportunities.

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.]

Artifacts

For one of my scholars events, I chose to go moonlight canoeing on the Olentangy River. This event was meant to be a team building activity run by the outdoor recreation center on campus. We canoed across downtown Columbus as the sunset and the full moon came out. I’ve lived in Columbus for my entire life, and I have never appreciated the beauty of downtown like I did that night. I was able to look at the city that I will call my home for the next four years from a lens that few are able to see it from. This activity was also a challenge out of my comfort zone, I had never canoed in the dark and I was apprehensive at first. However, I worked together with my friend in my boat and we successfully used teamwork to canoe ourselves across the river.

This is a picture of me with my campers from the summer of 2017. I worked at a camp in Massachusetts called Camp Ramah in New England. I lived in a bunk for seven weeks with fourteen seven year old girls who were experiencing being away from home for the first time. This experience taught me leadership skills that I now use in everyday life. I spent each day teaching swim lessons to children of all ages where I learned how to plan engaging activities, teach about safety, and tailor to each child’s individual needs. I had the opportunity to teach campers with metal and physical disabilities where I was able to form deep relationships with these campers and teach them vital safety skills while allowing them to enjoy their time at camp. I also was in charge of making sure each child was healthy, both mentally and emotionally each day, I learned lessons in empathy and skills in listening actively in order to be engaged in each camper’s day.

About Me

My name is Hannah Blumenfeld and I am a freshman at The Ohio State University. I am a neuroscience major and a part of the Biological Sciences Scholars program.  I am from a Bexley which is a small town 15 minutes from campus. In high school, I was very interested in math and sciences classes, specifically classes that dealt with life sciences.  I was very involved with community service groups where I volunteered at many different organizations in the Columbus area. I was also involved in my high school’s swim team for four years, where I was captain my senior year.