Original Inquiry

In my senior year of high school, I had the privilege to complete a capstone project on any topic that I wanted to. I love dogs and I am disgusted by the fact many breeds are still being used for dog fighting. Once I began my research on the topic, I stumbled upon something that I found even more interesting, which is the stigma that is placed on pit bulls. After analyzing various articles, I realized that these dogs face so much adversity for no reason. Studies show that many other breeds are more aggressive than pit bulls and that pit bulls, with proper care, are good family pets. Below is my presentation and research paper that I wrote in order to create an awareness of the misconceptions of the breed.


Capstone Paper


I want to be an elementary school teacher and to do that, I believe it is important to have strong leadership skills to have a positive impact on my students’ learning. Personally, I am very quiet and to some this may seem like a quality that impedes my ability to be a leader, but its not. Leadership comes in many different forms and I am the type of person to lead by example. I strive to be a good role model for children and I want to make sure students in my future classroom understand that a good student is not necessarily the one who is always talking and participating. A good student can be quiet, but have a good work ethic. This is one skill that I believe I have and encourage others to have as well.

Group Teaching Project

This is me and my partner’s presentation that we developed to teach our psychology class about Vygotsky and his sociocultural theory. We developed a lesson plan that helped guide our instruction, which is also linked below. We included a pretest to test what students could recall from the reading and asked various questions throughout our presentation. I really enjoyed this project because I am studying Early Childhood Education and I learned a lot about how to create a lesson plan and keep students engaged in the lesson. It also made me appreciate all the thought and planning that teachers put into their lessons to accommodate all of their students. It can be difficult to come up with ideas and activities that are unique and engaging. However, this project did present some challenges for me because it was my first time creating a lesson plan, but now I know a little more about how to construct one which will be useful for me as a new teacher.


Lesson Plan


Year in Review

My first semester of college was definitely difficult. It was hard to adjust living more than 8 hours away from my home, but I would not change anything about this year. College has made me more independent and forced me to come outside of my comfort zone to meet new people and try new things. Joining Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars was one of the best decisions that I made because I have met so many great people through the program who are now my best friends. It has also exposed me to various service opportunities that I enjoyed learning about and participating in.

My goal this year was to really explore my major to make sure that I was on the right path and I did just that. I joined OSU Pen pals and the Ohio Student Education Association and I got to experience my first field placement through FEEP. It was one of the best experiences of my life. It made me realize that I have made the right career choice and it makes me so excited to have my own class someday. This summer I will continue my passion of working with children by coaching at a summer camp. I also hope to join College Mentors For Kids next semester. So, although this year was amazing, I am really looking forward to my next three years here at The Ohio State University!


[ “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” 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.]

ACES Pillars Film Project

This is my group’s presentation for our ACES Pillars Film Project where we watched a documentary and discussed how the four pillars, positive social change, service, community, and advocacy, were represented in the film. The documentary we watched is called Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County. It focuses on the life of multiple families living in a motel and what they have to do to survive. It is an eye opening film that reveals a lot about the struggles these families must face and overcome. It really inspired me to want to contribute to my community in any way possible. A gesture as simple as donating food or a couple of dollars can go a long way to help families in need.


About Me


Hi, my name is Erin Chirumbole and I am from freehold, New Jersey. I am a first year student at Ohio State and I am a member of the Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars Program. This program has given me the opportunity to give back to the community in so many ways through service. I am proud to be a member of ACES and be able to contribute to the food pantry we have set up on campus.

I am currently studying Early Childhood Education. Ever since I was little I have wanted to become teacher. For the past couple of summers I have volunteered at a soccer camp, which has allowed me to work with children of all ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old. It is the perfect combination of what I love: soccer and working with children. I am currently part of the OSU Pen Pals club and it warms my heart to know that I can make a difference in a child’s life. I am also a member of the Ohio Student Education Association where I am learning so much about my future career. This summer I have a job as a counselor at a summer camp where I will be in charge of children ages 7 to 15. I am excited to gain more experience working with children and continue to grow as a future educator.