Becoming a Buckeye

While many high school seniors find it relatively easy to decide on which college to attend, my experience was very different. From class size to campus location, I was overwhelmed with the endless amount of options. After receiving an excellent scholarship and acceptance into the Scholars program of my choosing, I finally decided to attend Ohio State…a day before the admissions office required my decision. After accepting my offer to attend Ohio State, I began to question my decision. I was worried that I had made the wrong choice. On my way to freshman orientation I was a nervous wreck, to say the least. I was going to be put on an unfamiliar campus that I was not sure I even wanted to be on. While I had many doubts and worries going into orientation, I came out feeling a lot better. I had met new people, became familiar with the campus, and learned that I loved The Ohio State University. One of the first things I received at orientation was a buckeye and a piece of paper with Carmen Ohio on it. I now carry around these two items in my book bag to remind me everyday that I made the decision to be a buckeye and I am happy with my decision.



[ “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: 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.]


Through personal insight and academic growth, the following artifacts help to illustrate my involvement here at The Ohio State University.

About Me

senior pic 1Hi, my name is Sierra Cydrus and I am currently a freshman at The Ohio State University! I am majoring in Biology with a pre-med focus in hopes of one day becoming a doctor. My fondness for biology extends outside the classroom as I am also a Biological Sciences Scholar. Physical fitness has always been an important aspect of my life and I have kept in shape by competing on the Women’s Novice Rowing team here at OSU.

Although Barrett House is my current home, I have not always lived here. I grew up in Chillicothe, a small farm town in Southern Ohio. Columbus is drastically different compared to my hometown, but I have adjusted successfully by using the skills I was taught back home. One important lesson I learned was the art of time management. From lacrosse practice, to student council, to volunteering, I was always on the go. Not much has changed. but I now know how to allow just enough time to get everything accomplished. I look forward to getting busier here at Ohio State!