Scholars Event- Trip to The Wilds


On September 25th, a group of Bio-Sci and Health and Humanities Scholars and I visited The Wilds, a conservation center and non-profit safari park. We toured the entire park, getting the opportunity to see different species of animals, both native and exotic, and learning about the history and mission of the park. I want to become a veterinarian, and I am also very passionate about conservation. As our world is affected by climate change and the growing human population, many species of animals are being forced out of their natural habitats, and are being killed. Conservation is extremely important as more and more species of animals are being added to the endangered species list, and it is up to us to help it stop. I was able to learn so much and appreciate what The Wilds offers to the animals in terms of food and shelter, and to us in terms of knowledge and awareness. After my undergraduate studies, I would love to intern there and play a more involved role in helping conserve our beautiful planet.


Global Awareness is the appreciation for diversity and differences within ourselves and the people around us. As a daughter of two Indian American immigrants, I grew up exposed to both American culture, and the culture my parents grew up with. At Ohio State, I would love to study abroad and learn about the other cultures and ways of life that I have not yet been exposed to.

Original Inquiry is the experiencing of the research process. I plan on becoming a part of undergraduate research here on campus in the future, although I’m not quite sure in what topics.

Academic Enrichment is the pursuing of academic excellence through experiences both inside the classroom and outside of it. I plan on also becoming an Honors student here at Ohio State, interning with various companies and working with different people, and getting involved on campus in different clubs and organizations.

Leadership Development is the development of skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in future roles in society. I plan on becoming a part of clubs and organizations on campus that I am passionate about, and perhaps leading them as an upperclassman.

Service Engagement is the commitment to service in the community. I volunteered extensively in high school, and I plan to continue on this path. I have volunteered in the ICU at Ohio State’s Veterinary Hospital. I am currently volunteering at the Ohio Wildlife Center.


My Dream


All my life, I’ve wanted to become a veterinarian. It seems like it’s every child’s dream to work with animals, but for me, it has become something I want to make a reality. But over the past couple years, I had started to doubt myself. Every time I looked for information about vet school, it always came to the facts there were only 32 vet schools in the nation, and that getting in would be the most difficult thing imaginable. I didn’t think I had what it would take to get in. I didn’t think that I’d be able to succeed academically during my undergraduate years and meet the standards.

Last Christmas, a very close friend of mine gifted me this wonderful keychain. When she gave it to me, she told me that while I didn’t see the potential that I had to succeed and follow my dreams, my friends and family did. She told me that she hoped that I would eventually gain the confidence to see in myself what other could. I carry this keychain on my lanyard every time I leave my dorm. It is a reminder of why I am here at Ohio State, and what I can do if I push through, and just simply, believe in myself. The next four years will be tough, but I have to believe that I can do it. I am grateful to my friend for seeing in me what I initially could not, and I know that I have what it takes to get into vet school.

About Me


Hello! My name is Sue Coimbatore, and I am a freshman here at the Ohio State University majoring in Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet. In high school, I was a volunteer at at Camp Cheerful’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, a center devoted to helping children with both physical and mental disabilities practice important skills such as focus and coordination through therapeutic riding. I groomed and tacked horses, and led them and their riders around an arena for lessons. At school, I was a violinist in the Symphony Orchestra, and a select group called Chamber Strings. After my undergraduate studies, I plan on applying to vet school with the hopes of becoming a veterinarian and opening my own clinic and animal shelter. I chose to become a Biological Sciences Scholar because I am extremely passionate about community service, and I believe that being a part of this community will help me pursue my career.

In this e-portfolio, you will find documentation of career related experiences and my progress towards becoming a student of veterinary medicine in a few years.

Semester in Review

This semester has really challenged me, academically and personally. I had already known that classes here at OSU were going to be challenging, but I didn’t realize how much I would have to work in order to achieve the grades I wanted, and to be truly successful in my classes. I found that I was capable of working harder than I could have possibly imagined, and that I successfully adapted to the new environment. This semester, I also found that the sky is the limit when it comes to various experiences that enhance your learning. Internships and research opportunities are every where, and it’s up to me to take advantage of those opportunities if I am to continue to grow. I also become an active member of Pre-Vet Club and Zoology Club, where I found many students with similar interests, and had the opportunity to meet people in animal related careers. Overall, this semester went well, and I hope the next one turns out to be even better.