Non-IA Event Reflection

    The event I attended this month was the mini- career fair outside of Smith Steeb hall on Thursday October 25th. Some of the groups that were there was the Collegiate Council on World Affairs (CCWA), Alexander Hamilton Society, and Doctors Without Borders. All of the representatives from the groups were extremely welcoming and informed. Even though I’m not involved with CCWA this semester, I would like to join next semester. I was in Model UN my senior year of high school and my group researched South Sudan, a country which still faces racial, economic and social conflict. Because my major is International Studies, I believe it would be extremely beneficial for me to join a club like CCWA. I would like to work with women and for women’s rights, helping the world see women’s full potential and capabilities. The Alexander Hamilton Society also seems like a compelling club to join on campus. I love reading about domestic and international current events. With that, I also enjoy discussing these events with people who have different viewpoints than myself. Because I enjoy the IA class so much when we have open discussions, I would really benefit from a club like this. Even though I am not a public health major or on the pre-med track, Doctors Without Borders would get me involved internationally by helping others and expanding a global mindset.

    In terms of my future, I am applying to an internship to the Columbus Collegiate Council on World Affairs. If I get this internship, I am hoping it will teach me how to interact and negotiate with officials in Columbus and foreign diplomats. This event also helped me realize that I would like to eventually pursue a career that has to do with international affairs and diplomacy. Even though I think domestic current events and topics of discussion are interesting, I think it is fascinating how diplomats work together globally to achieve peace and well-being for their country. If I am unable to secure an international job or one that requires travel, I would like to help people, even if a few people or an entire group. Along with women, I would like to work with immigrants and understand what they go through to come to America, and what our system could do better to facilitate the process. Both of my parents are immigrants, and they came to America to make a better life for themselves and their children. The career fair helped me also realize that we must welcome immigrants with open arms because they do so much to stimulate our economy and contribute socially. One question I would have asked one of the students is if they recommend joining as many clubs as possible first semester, or if they recommend waiting until second semester or second year to become involved. I also should have asked when I should consider applying for leadership positions in the clubs I am currently in, Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra and College Democrats.

Study Abroad Expo-Academic Event

Study Abroad Expo- 9/4, 5-6 p.m.

On Tuesday the 9th of September, I went to the Study Abroad Expo in the Union from 5-6 p.m. Here, I learned a great deal about how I can travel abroad and still earn credit for OSU. I didn’t know Ohio State offered so many study abroad opportunities to so many different countries. The program that interested me the most was the excursion held by the Foundation for International Education (FIE). They offer a five week program in which you can travel to Dublin and Amman, earning a total of six credit hours. What I liked most about this experience is not only how many credit hours you earn, but also the fact that you get to see western Europe and the Middle East. As an International Affairs student, I could only see how this would benefit me. Because it is difficult to get a worthwhile internship as a freshman, I thought this opportunity looked like a good option for me during the month of June.

Not only did this event help me understand the plethora of options Ohio State offers, it also showed me that there are more places to study abroad besides western and central Europe. I would like to eventually work in the Middle East, or somewhere with ties to this region.

If I were to design my ideal education abroad experience, it would be about a month long. I have personally been to much of western and central Europe, so I would like to travel to more places in the middle east. I believe places like Morocco and Egypt have tons of history and culture to offer. Countries like Turkey and Jordan are also safe places to travel, and much of their history is overlooked by places like Italy and Greece. Even though these countries are often talked about in terms of foreign policy and are often seen on the news, few history classes in high schools touch on their historical significance.

Even though I am majoring in International Affairs, I’m not 100% sure what my specialization will be. As students explore more of the Middle East, there would also be classes offered and relating to (for example) Security and Intelligence or Relations and Diplomacy. This can help guide students in the right direction in terms of their major. It would also help students learn what they want to do after college, in terms of jobs or further education. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to travel across the world with my family. Travel wise, I don’t think I would have too much trouble with transportation. But, I do believe I would get home sick if I was gone for more than six weeks, especially if the opportunity was during summer.

Overall, I believe travel is extremely important, and if given the resources and opportunity, students should travel abroad or try to leave the country at some point in their lives. Travel has broadened my perspective on world politics and social culture, and helped me realize how big the world really has. I also believe it has helped me become more empathetic: I have seen the struggles that people face and overcome from all ends of the earth. I feel relieved and at ease now that I know what OSU has to offer!

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “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 guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. 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

[“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 guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

[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 includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

[Your “About Me” is a brief biographical statement that might include your intended major, your academic interests, your goals, as well as the things that make you unique.  Definitely include a picture! Also, remember that you can always update this post at any point. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

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 guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]