My first year at Ohio State was more than I could have ever expected it to be. Although a spent a lot of my time studying, the days when I could get out and experience campus and the city of Columbus were unforgettable. The entire campus along with Health Sciences Scholars created a really welcoming and communal atmosphere my first few days here, which encouraged me to be adventurous and find things I was interested in. My first football game was when it really set in that I was a Buckeye. I remember how surreal it felt to know that I had been working towards this goal since my freshman year of high school and was finally walking into Ohio Stadium to sit with my fellow students. My first semester I didn’t get to do as much as I had hoped to, mainly because of my coursework. I went to most football games and loved every second of them, especially the Penn State game, but that was about the extent of my involvement. I didn’t get to make very many friends because my nose was always in a book, but things began to turn around in the spring. My second semester I really became comfortable and immersed in Ohio State’s communal atmosphere. I found myself participating in more clubs/events such as Young Life College, The Creed Bratton Performance, and Buck-I-Run, and made some amazing friends along the way. Next year I’d like to join one or two more clubs (NSPIRE/Paws 4 Ability), participate in Buckeyethon, and go to sporting events outside of football.
I’m pretty happy with how things turned out academically this year. I feel that I have a solid GPA, and I learned how to handle college coursework. I realized, for myself at least, that it is important to read the textbook, start studying a week or two in advance for exams, and, if there is any type of math involved in my coursework, practice the concepts after learning the material in class. Although it was tedious, I think that these strategies ended up being really useful for me. Most importantly, however, I feel like I’m finally learning things that are going to be crucial in my career as a healthcare professional. By taking Anatomy and Physiology this semester, not only did I get to learn the basis of my career, but I also saw how things I took in high school such as chemistry, math, and biology fit in with my career. I’m starting to be able to narrow my studies, and I finally feel like I’m transitioning into the adult world.
I am so happy and proud to attend The Ohio State University. I had a great freshman year, and I’m looking to have an even better one next year. Go Bucks!