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.]

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

At the end of my senior year, I was allowed the opportunity to shadow a profession that interested me. This “Senior Project” as my school called it, is designed to provided applicable seniors with the opportunity to explore their individual interests and career opportunities with a professional, or employee in that profession. For my project I decided to shadow Detective Sargent Dan Kalk, from the Aurora Police Department, in hopes I would gain experience with the court systems, while also learning more about what a typical work day looks like for an officer. The image above was taken at BCI, also known as The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. There, I was given a tour of the Firearms and Tools Unit, the Chemistry Labs, the Instruments Lab, Prints Lab, DNA Lab, and the Cyber Crime Unit. It was a very informational tour, and an amazing experience. This photo, is myself in a mock crime scene, set up for one of the classes this agency offers.

This experience is important to me, because it helped solidify what I hope to study in college. I always knew that I was interested in criminal justice, and criminology, however before this project I thought I wanted to study forensic psychology. After the two weeks concluded, I knew that I wanted to be more hands on while working on cases. My plans for the future are to study psychology and criminal justice, and possibly do an internship within the field.

 

This past summer, I participated in my church’s mission trip. My family and I have been going on these trips for the past four years, but this past year was especially special. We traveled to Arizona, stayed on a Native American Reservation, voluntarily helped out their community, all while also learning about the history of the lands. Even though the trip was only a week, I learned and experienced so much, that I came back a whole new person.

One of the projects that I was part of, was tearing down an abandoned house.  This was very emotional for all of us, because the family had quite literally got up and left. As you can see in this picture, I was in charge of getting all of the trash put into trash bags and out of the house, (The house was filled, and I mean filled, with trash). As we were digging through, we started to find pictures of family members who had lived in the home. This really opened my eyes to how special life truly is, and how much we really don’t know about people. It felt like we were invading these peoples personal lives, which is why I find it so important to me. Finding something as small as pictures of people, had such a big impact on how I view life. I go into everyday thinking about what people go through, and what they most likely aren’t telling us.

About Me

Hello! My name is Liana Cirino and I’m from Solon, Ohio (25 minutes outside of Cleveland). Currently, I am Psychology major with interests in criminology and criminal justice. I am involved in the Mount Leadership Society scholars program and hope to join a fun club team on campus. In high school, I was a competitive dancer and worked at Play Day Cafe, which is an indoor playground for children. I also was actively involved in my church, and traveled on three mission trips. We traveled to Honduras, Texas, and Arizona, working with local churches in need. In addition, I have been on the Buddy Cruise, a non-profit conference at sea, that promotes awareness and inclusion for individuals with special needs. I hope to travel abroad one semester to learn more about criminal justice systems in other countries.