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.]


[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

Hi! I’m Maria Busken and I’m a first year Pre-Respiratory Therapy Major on a premed track. Although I haven’t been at Ohio State long, I’m already in love with everything it has offer. Being a part of Health Sciences Scholars has been such a great opportunity and I’ve made so many friends as a part the indoor soccer team. I hope to attend medical school someday and want to focus on underserved populations. I’ve learned so much already about different barriers to healthcare and am looking forward to learning more about how to break down these barriers.

In high school, I was a part of an incredible program called TapMd, which gave me insight into the wide variety of careers in medicine. Through that program, I’ve heard from a trauma surgeon, a radiologist, a transplant surgeon, a psychiatrist, and a cardiologist. I’ve also seen a kidney transplant and open heart surgery via live video and spent an afternoon at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Simulation Center, even getting to intubate and put an IO (intraosseous infusion) in one of the test dummies. My favorite event, however, was visiting a respite care center for the homeless. I’d never even heard of respite care until that day, and it really opened my eyes to the importance of ensuring complete recoveries for people that may not have a nice place to go home to or people to take care of them. These experiences confirmed over and over my passion for medicine, wherever it may take me.