One of my current activities is strongly in line with Service Engagement this semester, as I’ve begun volunteering as a tutor for students at the Karl Road branch of the Columbus Library. This service has allowed me to interact with the Columbus community like I never have before. I’ve been exposed to so much diversity during my few weeks at the site. I’ve worked with immigrants from several countries, heard lots of new languages, and learned about many unique cultures. I truly feel that I am benefitting from these children as much as they are from me. This volunteering is opening my eyes to how beautiful and vibrant a city Columbus is, and I look forward to continuing my work there.

This semester, I’m also working as a swim instructor at the RPAC. This work has given me so much experience with the Leadership Development section of G.O.A.L.S. I feel so much more comfortable taking control of a situation, and being an instructor has given me the courage to lead and feel confident and in control doing so. This job has helped me to improve my management and communication skills, as well. I’m able to communicate with my coworkers and to create and implement lesson plans for my students. These are no doubt important qualities for a leader to have.

Finally, my classes for this semester are in line with the Academic Enrichment pillar of G.O.A.L.S. My courses are helping me to learn more about my major of social work, as well as my minors of spanish and history. Balancing my classes with my other responsibilities is also helping me to improve my time management skills.

I am learning a lot about myself and others this semester, and I look forward to continuing to do exciting and challenging things during my time at OSU.


[ “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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. 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.]