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: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.

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.]


[“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: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation is a reflective description of the artifact that attempts to communicate its significance.  For more information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

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My name is Anna Burns, and I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The suburbs of Pittsburgh consist primarily of unexpected hills, aggressive foliage, and terrible roads, so Columbus is definitely a change of pace.  I’m sure it’ll be good for me, but it’s a change nonetheless.

I came to Ohio State for a number of reasons, but all of those reasons can be more or less neatly summed up in the word opportunity.   I applied undecided, I accepted undecided, and I expect that I’ll remain undecided for quite a while longer while I figure out exactly what it is that I want to do.   The past few years have been a time of experimentation – with athletics, languages, arts, friends, minimum necessary hours of sleep per night – and although I enjoyed these freedoms of choice, the constants kept me grounded.

In high school, I could always fall back on a few core truths.  I knew that no matter what, I had friends and family I could trust, teachers who understood that I was human, and a coach who, while accepting my best, always wanted my best to be better.   I knew that I could write decently well, pick up new languages quickly, work independently or as part of a team, lead or follow, logic my way through challenges, and row literally any possible seat in a boat.

To my knowledge, only one of those constants no longer applies, as I’m no longer a member of a crew team.

On the other hand, my freedoms have increased exponentially.  I can study abroad, intern, and sleep in on Mondays.  I can take my pick of over two dozen foreign languages and pair them with any number of majors, minors, and concentrations, and then I can add another major, minor, or concentration on top of that.

To be quite honest, I have no idea what I’m going to do.  But I’m willing to bet that I’ll enjoy myself while I work that out.