Year in Review

Autumn 2018

In my first semester as a college student I had a considerable learning curve. I performed well in high school and I did not need to study very long if at all for my classes, obviously this did not transfer over to college classes very well. After receiving my first midterm scores I realized that I needed to quickly figure out better time management, and effective study skills to improve my academic performance. Utilizing campus resources and evaluating my daily schedule allowed me to improve my studying habits and overall scores throughout the semester.


Events From This Semester

Biological Science Scholars Study Session

This is an image from a Biological Sciences Scholars Study Session. This session allows students in the Biological Sciences Scholars programthese that live in Barrett House to study in a group environment with those they live with to provide a greater sense of community while also improving academic achievements in the participants.


Service Engagement
Scholars students are expected to engage in service to the community. I have been engaged in service engagement through a nonprofit organization called Guardians Advocating child Safety and Protection (GASP). This organization creates identification kits for children containing written identification and allergen information, fingerprints, facial profile photos, DNA samples, and a vocal recording of the child to give to the police in the event that the child goes missing for any reason.


Leadership Development
Scholars students are expected to develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in a variety of contexts. I have been engaged in leadership skills though my job as an OA working the front desk of the Houston-Houck dorm complex, and through my participation in HOBY (described in the artifacts section).


HOBY Ohio North Leadership Seminar 2016

My sophomore year of highschool, I had the privilege of attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Ohio North Leadership Seminar and the HOBY World Leadership Congress. HOBY is a leadership program funded in 1958 that has been inspiring young volunteers who want to make a positive difference in their global society through effective and compassionate leadership skills.This program teaches and inspires young people to think critically for themselves and to appreciate a life dedicated to service and social change. During these events, student leaders are taken through several leadership building workshops, service programs, and attend sessions lead by keynote speakers in our society.

For one of the service projects everyone was given a tile with various black markings to decorate however they wanted, and when every tile was placed together it showed the phrase ‘Know Your Why’. This was the overarching theme of my first HOBY seminar; learning and understanding why you do the things that you do. It displayed how individually we can’t always see the complete meaning of our achievements, but together we can reach a common goal.

During my time at HOBY I discovered a love of volunteering, and the importance of giving back to the community. In doing so, I also realized that I wanted to help people in my future career. Hence my current pre-med major. I didn’t just discover what I wanted to do with my life, but also how to get there effectively. HOBY’s focus on leadership was not only in the form of a group, but also in personal drive and ways to best apply yourself based on your mindset and personality. HOBY taught me many things about myself, but what I believe to be the most important thing is how I can best use my strengths to help the world around me.

About Me

Hello!  My name is Rachel. I am a biology premed student in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. I have always enjoyed english courses and in high school I fell in love with biology. My goals include getting a student internship position in the James Cancer Research Center, graduating with a bachelors degree and eventually completing medical school. My career goal is to be an oncologist contributing to the study and eventually cure of cancer. I am a very dedicated person, and face challenges head on. I am an avid reader of Shakespeare, although my favorite genre of literature is fantasy/adventure fiction. Two  of my favorite pastimes are skiing in the winter, and relaxing in my hammock in the summer.