I wanted to look for jobs that were in the realm of field technician surveying and studying animals out in the field. There weren’t any that fulfilled all of the things that I wanted, but this is one that caught my eye as a good starting job into the world of being a technician in the field.

The job wants the applicant to have a diploma in environmental science and to have computer literacy and some previous experience with research. It does not go into depth about the skills needed to get this job, however, most jobs are extremely competitive which leads me to believe that they want more than just a baseline.

I will first and foremost need to finish my 4 years and get my bachelor’s degree. This itself will not be easy, but I will work hard and try my absolute hardest. I want to get the best GPA I can and receive as many accolades as possible. I will need to study a lot, get involved with groups, receive tutoring, and get guidance from academic advisors and teachers.

Throughout college, I will need to get as much experience doing fieldwork in any capacity. I want to work with animals and study them and get experience cataloging and surveying habitats and different animal. I will probably need to start small and work my way up in a lab setting. I could do this by asking professors if they would need any help and work as an assistant or just intern. After working as an intern for a while, I would try to get an internship or be on a research team at either the OSU Stone Lab or the wetlands lab on campus.

After gaining experience and learning-related skills I want to work at a larger level such as with a state’s parks system or maybe for the national parks system working to survey animals and the environment to ensure proper habitat and population to keep the ecosystem sustainable. For instance, I knew someone who worked for the Montana State Wildlife Department as a field technician. I would love to do something along these lines. Being out in nature and studying wildlife would be my dream.

In addition to these, I would probably need to get more experience with computer programs and especially with the systems they use. I would also need to get better at using Microsoft Excel. I am already proficient with a computer and know a little bit of coding with the JavaScript language. I am sure advancing my skills with that could prove very useful in that line of work as well.

January Reflection

In class, we learned more about climate change and discussed different causes and ways it affects us. It was interesting to hear other people’s opinions on how we could potentially solve our problems. It was also fun debating people. Speaking of debating people, the debate we had the first week was incredibly fun to be a part of and get to argue the opposite side of my opinion. It is always fun to hear people debate and just listen to their points and make rebuttals in your head.

I learned a lot about myself over the break and coming back to campus. I have gotten better at looking at my tasks one at a time instead of looking at them as a huge thing conglomerate. I can section off my time and assignments into small fragments that allow me to effectively get work done while also maintaining my mental health and not overwhelming myself. I have also learned that being by yourself and not having people around is essential to growing as a person. It provides you time to think, decompress, and meditate on your future goals and dreams.

Currently, I am struggling to get a consistent schedule that satisfies all the things I am juggling in my life. I want to have the time to work on myself and study, while also having the time to enjoy quality time with the people I care about. I am also struggling to understand who thought Calculus and more importantly, the Squeeze Theorem was a good idea to invent and apply to life.

I think I have achieved a lot over winter break in my personal life. Things like reconnecting with a family member, growing closer with my girlfriend, and working harder to improve my work and study habits. I ended the fall semester with a good GPA and considering how much I struggled, it was worth it to get that GPA. I cannot complain about January too much, it was a great start to the year considering 2020, but luckily that is all behind us and a brighter light is leading the way ahead of us.

Brayden Cross

I’m not going to lie and say that my transition into college has been easy by any means. The change in my life was a particular challenge for me and one I thought I was ready for. It turns out that I wasn’t prepared at all for the curveball life was going to throw at me. I knew the schoolwork was going to be hard, but with Covid making everything harder, it has been extremely difficult. It was easy making changes like having a roommate or getting up a little bit earlier than I normally do or learning a new classwork system like Carmen. However, the biggest change came in the ability to interact and attend class. I never thought I would say that I want to attend class, but I do, now more than ever.

I love the scenery from Morrill Tower and being able to live on the west campus. I enjoy the food more than I thought I would, and I enjoy all my professors. I have met a few incredible people including my roommate and suitemates and a few other guys and girls. Above all, I met my incredible girlfriend here. Although this isn’t traditional college by a longshot, the thought that I am a buckeye fills me with the hope that I will have a better sophomore year and on. I like knowing that the possibilities that await me in the future are bright and numerous.

I never really believed in college burnout and just thought that it was like normal burnout, but I have never been more wrong. In a post-Covid world, the motivation to do anything immediately plummets, and I’m left struggling to do even small assignments. Classwork is extremely hard to keep up with and it all just feels like busywork. I need to be in a room dedicated to learning for me to pay attention to. I find myself easily distracted and not paying attention to critical lectures and various other zooms. I also struggle with meeting new people outside my circle and feel like I am not making that many new friends. Hopefully, this will turn around more when we can socialize in person.

I have achieved a good sense of time management and being able to research things and find answers to problems I have. Having a roommate and several suitemates gives you good people skills and lets you socialize with new and interesting people. I have gotten better at being able to see the big picture and looking at things long-term instead of individual moments. Inversely, I can enjoy important or special moments, because I know that the good times this year are few and far between. I don’t mean to sound morbid, but with the state of the world and more specifically Ohio, it’s hard not to be a downer more often than not.

My goal for the spring is to change some of my habits and get into a slightly better groove. I also want to get a better hold of my grades and work harder on things I am involved in. I want to meet as many good new friends as I possibly can and spending as much time doing what I love to do. I also want to spend as much time as I can with the people that are important to me. Above all, I want to just enjoy life and not feel as hopeless as this semester makes me feel. I know things will get better; I just have to wait.

Monthly Reflection

The topics we have discussed in class so far this month have been very interesting. I think recycling was the most intriguing. Learning what types of plastics Columbus and OSU do and do not accept has been very useful and essential knowledge as we do our part as students to create a more sustainable future. It was awesome to hear OSU’s plan to become more sustainable and how we can do our part as buckeyes. I also thought learning about the resources we have available to us, such as the Columbus recycling webpage, will help us effectively dispose of and separate trash in the future.

In the past month, I have learned how resilient I am and what I can overcome. I have learned that I need help with classwork and with understanding topics, whereas in high school I did not need as much. I have had to learn that there is no shame in asking for help and that it is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of wisdom.

There have been quite a few new challenges in my life in the past month, that I have never had to deal with before. Whether it is about schoolwork, family issues, or friends, I have had to find new ways to navigate them as I am growing into adulthood. I have had to learn time management and how to say no to some fun activities to study or catch up on work. I have struggled a lot with trying to figure out what to do with my future. I often get worried that I am running out of time to make a decision on my major and specialization, but I am reminded by people above me and my peers that there is no rush and that I have time.

I have been achieving good grades recently in all my classes and feel prepared for the rest of the semester. I have also been getting ahead in all my assignments and really decreasing the work buildup every week by getting it done as soon as the assignment comes out. I am more aware of when stuff is due and have made a good mental map and schedule of when and how to do my tasks. I continue to get close with my friends and have achieved levels in our friendships that I know will continue to grow. Overall, it has been a very good month, and hope that the next one is even better.

Alumni Interview

I interviewed Andrew Wilk for my alumni interview reflection. He is in his second year of his master’s program and is currently involved in studying the effects of wildfires on salamander populations in the southern parts of Appalachia. He majored in FFW with a specialization in fisheries and wildlife. However, he started out wanting to study engineering, but quickly realized he wanted to do something with biology. His switch to biology led him to his interest and an eventual switch to fisheries and wildlife, so he could play an active part in researching and helping animals. He shared about his time in scholars and talked about his friends and many fun memories he made while in the program. He talked about his involvement and internships in multiple wildlife and conservation groups and services, like the Water Quality Council for the city of Columbus or the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute.

Andrew was exceedingly insightful into what the ENR core classes would look like and what you can learn from them. He talked about what resources could help prepare me for fieldwork and if I did eventually want to do research, who I could reach out to to get involved. He was involved in multiple clubs including Archery Club and OSU chapter of Fisheries and Wildlife Society, where he served as vice president for a year and president for another year. He stressed the importance of getting involved with clubs and organizations that can get you connections and insight into your desired field. He discussed the need to stand out to professors by being in clubs tied to SENR, asking questions in class, and by getting to know your professors. He was very helpful in helping me understand the professional and job world within the ENR majors.

I learned that it is incredibly important to shake hands and learn the names of as many people as I can, because you never know where an opportunity or job could arise. I should get involved with as many clubs, organizations, and research teams a possible over my four years here, to get my name out and to show my skills and passion for environmental science. It is okay to mess up in research or your job if you can receive criticism and react to it with integrity and modesty. Admit mistakes and do not be afraid to ask for help or clarification. It is better to ask for help multiple times and do it right, rather than mess it up and ask for forgiveness. I will try to put myself out there and get involved with groups and organization that I normally would not associate with. I also learned that when I interview, I should be confident, ask them question and be very formal. I should also know my resume very well and be able to answer their questions with ease.

Overall, I would say that my conversation with Andrew was extremely helpful in getting me more acquainted with not only the ENR world, but with scholars and how I can play a more active role within it, such as by being a mentor or by staying on LC. He was very wise and very enjoyable to talk to.

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.” 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.]

Monthly Reflection

I have learned a lot by being involved with the scholar’s program so far. Although it has only been a month, I have been able to expand my horizons and my knowledge in many different areas of my life. I have learned about the many Environmental Conservation projects going on around campus and how the university is encouraging us to look at the campus as a “living laboratory.” Also, to develop new methods of looking at problems and being able to solve them as undergrads. It is encouraging and inspiring to know that projects that we may get involved in could have large and profound effects on not only campus, but Columbus, Ohio, and the world.

I have had to learn new methods of studying and test-taking already in just a short time of being here. I have learned what it is like meeting new people on a large scale with so many people to choose from and have learned to live with roommates (which I enjoy very much). It is very special to have such a positive community of like-minded individuals to build friendships and work together with.

I have struggled with my time management skills. I got stuck in lazy habits over quarantine that I am trying to break. There are new habits I am trying to create to set myself up for the best possible chance to succeed in the future. These include habits like trying to go to bed earlier or taking more time to get in good quality studying time in.

However, even with the struggle of some tough classes, there are still so many things to be thankful for and the things I have achieved. I am keeping good grades so far and keeping up my work. I have met some amazing people so far whom I know I will be friends with for years to come and have even met my own significant other. But above all, I have achieved my first month at college without dropping out or having a complete mental breakdown.