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I would say one of the strongest transferable skills that I have built through the years would be knowing how to lead a group and work together in a team where cooperation is necessary. I have personally lead many groups, whether it be through marching band, engineering groups, or the OWL-C program here at the Ohio State University. I feel like when I get to meet a group of people I will work with, I am able to understand and unite everyone in the group, despite potential differences such as work ethic or standards of completion. I’ve experienced what it is like to work in an uncoordinated and uncooperative group, and I always try my hardest to either lead the group so it doesn’t go down that path, or play my role to the best of my ability to ensure the success for everyone. Since jobs and life will always require working together with people in one way or another, I believe that this skill I have is valuable, and will only continue to strengthen the more experiences and opportunities I have in the future.


Year in Review

To be quite frank, I didn’t really have a vision of who I wanted to be going into college, or for ending my first year. However, just because I didn’t have any idea of who I wanted to be doesn’t mean I didn’t change into a more complex and slightly different person.

I don’t think I anticipated the transition from being in high school and coming back home to family everyday to a life where it was just me at a new home with finding a new family to be so hard. I obviously eventually got myself sorted out, but it took some time for me. Finding my solid friends took a long while, and I was becoming kind of discouraged in the beginning. Classes were hard, I didn’t know how to manage my time or study habits at all, and I basically did everything on the fly instead of planning ahead of time. However, those kinds of things just take time, and now that I’m looking back where I am at the end of the year, I believe I have definitely improved in every area I mentioned.

One thing I did know I wanted to do in college was to try new things and to expand my horizons. This took form in the shape of many things. I attended some of the rowing club meetings, even though I never participated in a big sport in high school. I pushed myself to interact and find new friends through athletic band, something which was a bit daunting. I even pushed myself to go around campus just to experience what college really can be, and I’m glad I did because now I feel like I belong here on campus with everyone that I know. That being said, I still want to push myself to try new things and branch out into more clubs even more than I did. Now that I have more of a firm foundation, I really want to try new things I didn’t think I would be able to do.

One of my biggest challenges through my first year was definitely academics. I remember the first time I got a 60 percent on a math exam, I was devastated. Getting that kind of grade was completely foreign to me, and I was rattled to say the least. This is when I began to question if I belonged in college, and if it was the right fit for me. However, I can now thankfully say that it was an overreaction. Over time, I realized that there are going to be some tests that will tear me apart, but it is not the end of the line. There are always many other avenues and opportunities to continue to do what I want to pursue, and that a test grade does not entirely define who I am as a person. Grades are not the final line when it comes to happiness or what I define as success in life.

Time management is still one of my biggest challenges that I need to work on. I am still awful about getting distracted by YouTube on my computer or by flipping through Instagram for hours instead of just hunkering down and getting to work. However, I am slowly but surely building up better time management strategies. I just need to stick to it and put myself in an environment conducive to getting work done quickly and efficiently so I have more free to time relax, be myself, and to find new ways to express myself here on campus.

Despite the negative experiences I’ve had in college, I would say that there are definitely more positive experiences to outweigh the negative. I would say I have grown as a person, including academically, socially, and internally. Where I started off the school year wanting to leave college, I ended the year not being able to wait to move in with my friends and start off an even better year than this one. I can’t wait to meet my old friends back at home, but I also can’t wait to start a new chapter with all of my new friends and classes next year.

STEM Current Event – Endangered Giraffes

Planet Earth as we know it is changing before our eyes, in more ways than one. Socially and technologically, international relationships are being rocked, and technology is exploding at an unprecedented rate. However, in addition to these facets, one of the biggest areas of change is found in the environment. Climate change has been argued more than it ever has been in these past few months, and for good reasons. And while climate change is a topic of utmost importance, there are other environmental concerns that have appeared to take the back seat to it; one such example is endangered species.

Very recently, giraffes have joined the ever-increasing endangered species list, coming as a shock to many. The Smithsonian published an article talking about how these long-necked creatures are now sadly part of this list. According to the Smithsonian, the giraffe population has fallen by 40 percent since 1985, leaving just about 97,000 giraffes left in the wild. As a way to bring this issue to the media and governments of the world, several conservation and environmental groups came together to petition to add giraffes onto the United States’ Endangered Species Act. In addition to this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are reviewing the giraffe’s status level. If giraffes are added onto the act, it would start a crackdown on giraffe parts that are being imported into the United States and would offer help to reduce illegal hunting in several African countries. (Article used:

However, there is room for some potential bias in this argument. While it was argued in the article that giraffes should be saved from being killed, there is an argument for how trophy hunters can actually protect more giraffes in the long run, with their trophy hunting fees being put back into stopping illegal hunting, and also driving down the market for giraffe parts. However, this article is arguing that despite the biased nature that it is a good cause to help protect these creatures.

This is a very important event in a way that has the potential to impact the Earth permanently in the future. If action is not taken now to ensure giraffes are not moved any closer to extinction then they are right now, giraffes might soon face the end that many other extinct animals have faced. Without giraffes, the world loses an environmental and societal icon. Children will have to read about giraffes in books and watch them in videos, without ever being able to see them in real life ever again. If we as humans have the power to run a species into extinction, shouldn’t we use that power to preserve and protect these inspiring creatures? If we let ourselves eradicate these one of a kind animals just for the sport of killing, I would say that it spells out a rather ominous future for not only animals, but the human race as a whole.

Am I A Teacher Now?

Just recently, I was able to go to a local school near the University, a smaller elementary school called Indian Springs Elementary. I found myself there through the STEM Outreach program, a university-sponsored program that has the goal of traveling around Columbus and putting on demonstrations to help educate and spread to the public what STEM really means and what it embodies. As volunteers for STEM Outreach, a handful of other students and I, along with Dr. Linda Anderson, participated in an annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) put on by Indian Springs Elementary. We were one of the many hands-on demonstrations that kids could participate in, in order to build a fun and tangible project that involved science topics. The specific project we had was called “Jumping Jacks”, which boils down to a simple circuit that when connected, would cause a small electromagnet to jump off of the base. So while the kids came through the room making their “Jumping Jacks”, the other volunteers and I had to help them all make them since it was a little bit complicated for younger children. However, I learned something valuable to me as I was doing this.

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While I’ve worked with little kids before, it was mostly as a summer camp instructor and was not able to teach them anything. I just made sure they didn’t get hurt on the playground or doing the fun games. However, when I actually got to sit down to teach the kids how to make the “Jumping Jack”, while it was similar to working with the kids before, it was much more gratifying. To be able to watch them freak out in excitement and curiosity when it popped off the stand into the air was fun to watch, like watching them discover some new magic. This experience made me learn that while I never considered any kind of teaching before, I might want to reconsider my viewpoint. While I do not think I’ll pursue a career in education, maybe joining another club or continue to volunteer through these organizations would be a new and enjoyable outlet where I can interact and teach kids how simple science works. I know that older kids putting on science demonstrations when I was a kid certainly shaped where I am steering my education and career towards, so if I could help other mold other children’s paths into enjoying science too, I think I would really enjoy it.

Personal Development

Going into college, I had no idea of how I would grow or change as a person. I knew everyone did change, no matter how small or subtle. Many friends from high school came back from over break and for the most part, they all seemed more satisfied or happier with their accomplishments and outlook on life. For me, there are a few ways in which I changed and developed as a person, but there are also many ways in which I stayed the same person I was before college.

One of the biggest differences I’ve seen in myself after this first semester of college is my want to socialize. Back home in high school, I had a close-knit group of friends, and that’s all I needed. I never had a desire to go out and try new things or do stuff just because. I had a pretty simple and straightforward way of living. However, after a semester in college, while I still am most definitely not the most social and outgoing person on the planet, I have recognized that I have grown to become more social. Going to football games, being in different groups, joining clubs, and meeting so many new people has expanded my horizon, and now I look forward to seeing what I can do with my friends. While college has been much different than high school in numerous ways, I would say the new experiences that I have been exposed to have developed my character and personality into something better than what I was before. And I’m sure my own personal development and story will not stop here, but only continue to grow as the years go by.


The Ups and Downs of College

College is perhaps one of the most defining and influential periods of time in a person’s life. It is a time of change, development, realizations, conflict, and victory. While I am not even in the second semester of my first year, I have certainly already received a taste of what is to come.

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Already, college has been different in so many different ways than anything else I have experienced in my life. From the non-academic changes like learning to live away from family, learning to do laundry and buy food, and learning how to make new friends, all the way to the academic changes and challenges, such as much more individual responsibility to turn in assignments, learning to study responsibly, and learning to balance work vs personal time. In all honesty, I still am learning how to master all of the topics mentioned above, including many more.

Several times I felt like I  wanted to quit and drop out because I did not know how to react to all of these new responsibilities and changes. Other times I have felt like college is awesome and it is an amazing experience to live on my own and be who I truly am. And even though I know my life and experience at college will continuously change while I am here, I know that there will always be ups and downs, and that will be perhaps one of my biggest challenges to overcome. However, one of the best ways to learn anything is by actually going out and doing it, so I might as well give it the old college try.

How Marching Band Changed My Life

So far in my life, marching band has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

For me, marching band was all about learning how to handle responsibility, how to become a leader, and learning how to have the time of my life. I learned that I had to memorize the drill and music perfectly, or I would let the group down and compromise the performance for the crowd. When I was old enough to be a part of the leadership team, I realized that I was a leader that was now responsible for not only teaching drill and music to hundreds of kids, but I was also responsible for helping shape who they would turn into as leaders and people.

The discipline in the band was rigorous and draining, but I feel years of learning how to act responsibly and confidently under that physical and emotional pressure helped me become an even stronger leader and person today. I have since strived to translate this discipline and leadership into my academics, as well as my career goals.

Finally, I learned that I made the most valuable and enjoyable friendships I have ever had through my high school marching band. The bonds that were formed from putting so much effort and work into one common goal are unbreakable, and I can never see these friendships fading away throughout my life.

All About Me

Hello All!

My name is Jackson Clark, and I’m from Granville, Ohio, which is a small town around 30 minutes away from Columbus. I’m hoping by coming to OSU for college, it will help expand my view on how the real world works and looks like since I come from such a small community. I love to hangout with friends, watch movies, and play my trombone.

I am majoring in chemical engineering right now, but I plan on switching into civil engineering or potentially architecture. I am in the STEM EE Scholar’s group in order to help me pursue my interest of STEM studies.

I hope by graduating I will put myself in a place where I am able to help make peoples lives better all across the community, the state, or even the country. I’ve always been fascinated by designing and building things, whether it was Legos as a kid or to creating sets for school musicals in high school. I hope to be able to turn this passion I have into a career that I love.