Global Awareness – My major is definitely a great way to increase my global awareness. Being a history major, I have the opportunity to study different cultures and different time periods in history. Not only do I get a better perspective on current world events, but also an appreciation for different cultures throughout the world!
Original Inquiry – One thing that I love doing is researching different time periods in history. In the past few weeks of school, I began to research the Air Transport Command utilized during World War Two. I have read several books by pilots who flew in these missions during WWII and also analyzed many pictures. This allows me to get a better appreciation and understanding of the development of Air Force logistics.
Academic Enrichment – When making my schedule, I tried to take classes that were relative to me and my future career. One GE class that I am taking this year is Science of Food. This class allows me to better understand nutrients and what makes a healthy diet. Having a healthy lifestyle can start with a knowledge of food. A good diet will enable me not only to perform during my Reserve Officer Training Corps classes, but also enable me to perform at my best because my brain is “fueled and ready to go!”
Leadership Development – I am improving my leadership skills constantly by being a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Not only do I receive quality leadership training during my ROTC class, but I am also involved in an ROTC extracurricular which provides training in stressful environments. This relates completely to my career because I want to be an officer and a pilot one day. In both jobs while commanding people I need to be able to think fast and make decisions under high stress!
Service Engagement – I am involved in Arnold Air Society, a volunteer service organization, and have pledged to serve 75 hours of community service in a soup kitchen called Community Kitchen. The latter is a short term service assignment for the year. The former, however, is a long term commitment to various projects in the Columbus community, whether it be helping veterans or helping those in poverty. This is something that I will be involved in for the rest of my college career, and I currently have leadership rolls in!
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This is, quite literally, one of my artifacts: an “Eskimo” desk fan from the 1940s. I purchased this broken old fan on a store on High Street, and after ten minutes of tinkering, got it running as good as new again. It has stood the test of time, being passed from owner to owner for almost seventy years, and is now sitting on the shelf of my desk. Fans are a perfect portrayal of my love for the old and beautifully crafted. Less evidently, a fan such as this is an example of my interest and values.
I fix fans. I love to tinker with them and make them run better. Yes, it is a rather odd hobby, but consider this: I have picked up many trades. I have learned how to solder, take apart and put back together machinery, wire electronics, and more. All of this really fits to my interest in engineering and history. “If it ain’t broke, take it apart and make it work better” is the way to go when it comes to these fans. Fixing them also demonstrates my respect for history and tradition. One of my biggest passions is to learn about the past. Even further, maintaining these fans displays my work ethic and sense of dedication. I will not give up on a seemingly “lost cause” of a project. I will keep working, going over every component’s surface, until the fan looks as good as new!
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange through Civil Air Patrol, the Air Force Auxiliary. This photo represents one of countless selfies taken over the two weeks that I was in the UK with people from Hong Kong, the UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. These were the greatest two weeks of my life, as I was able to experience another culture and enjoy exploring a different country with twenty individuals that shared my interest of aviation and the military from around the world. I have never learned so much while having so much fun. Additionally, this photo represents the pinnacle of my Civil Air Patrol Career, as I was one of forty cadets selected out of thousands to travel abroad!
In this picture, we were driving back to RAF Cranwell, the College of the Royal Air Force, from flying in gliders.
I am Jared Del Orfano, and I hail from the great state of New York. Full of Long Island pride and of course patriotism, I am a dedicated and studious person. I am proud of my reputation of integrity, and the fact that I am known to get things done! My passions include aviation and collecting pretty much anything that I find interesting.
The aviation part? That’s simple. Since birth, I’ve loved planes, and have always wanted to be a pilot. That’s why I am at OSU today: To get a degree in Astronautical Engineering and to become a pilot through the U.S. Air Force. In fact, I am a part of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and hope to be able to fly for this country in the future!
As for my hobby of going yard saling and flea market hunting? Well… I’m an old soul. Just like with aviation, I can’t exactly pin point when I started to appreciate history – that passion has always been around. I like old music, old cars, old anything, really. I can appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making antiques, and story of past decades. This is why I enjoy collecting and restoring vintage desk fans and other trinkets from the ’30’s and ’40’s!
This passion for historical objects has also driven me to learn as much as possible about different eras. I find it particularly interesting to read about the different sides of battles in wars and then formulate my own opinions on the events. This is a useful skill today, as I never rely on just one news source for the facts!
If I get a rated slot with the Air Force, such as being a pilot, the service commitment will be ten years. This is a long time, and I haven’t really decided what I’ll do after that. If I do not stay in the military, I will most likely teach history or work as a flight instructor!