Welcome to my Honors & Scholars e-Portfolio

As my freshman year comes to close, I’ve been taking time to reflect on all that has happened. I regret not using this resource to record the many experiences and opportunities I’ve had as they took place, but I hope you will take the time to read about my time as I look back on the year, and continue to follow along as I update my page in the future!

About Me

My name is Kelly Franz and I am a first-year Business Scholar and Honors student pursuing a finance degree at the Fisher College of Business. I am a responsible and motivated individual with a willingness and a continuous desire to learn. My commitment and leadership abilities along with the previously stated qualities will allow me to excel academically, personally, and professionally. Currently, in addition to Business Scholars, I am involved with Fisher Citizenship Program and Undergraduate Finance Association. I maintain an on-campus job at Ohio Union Espress-OH and recently participated on a Buck-I-Serv trip to Fort Hood, Texas, to give back to the military community and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas. For the 2017-2018 school year, I will serve as an Honors & Scholars Ambassador and participate in the STEP program. I am passionate about traveling, sports, and all things Disney.

As a finance major, I aspire to work for a major company, but am still exploring career options that interest me within the field. It has always been my dream to work for the Walt Disney Company. To accomplish this goal, I hope to participate in the Disney College Program or study abroad during my time at Ohio State. To enhance my professional skills and further explore career paths in business, I will be an intern at Cypress Benefits Group in Glencoe, Maryland, for the 2017 summer.

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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. 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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. 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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Buck-I-Serv: Fort Hood, Texas

During spring break in March 2017, I traveled to Fort Hood, Texas, as a Buck-I-Serv participant. While I figured it would be a rewarding experience because the objective was to serve the military community of Central Texas, I didn’t realize how much this trip would impact me. In addition to the satisfaction I felt from helping children and those who have served our country, I left with new friendships, development of strengths, and most importantly, a desire to get involved with community service wherever I am living. I headed off to Texas with nine people I didn’t know and we lived and served with an additional 15 people. Being thrown into this environment forced me to step out of my comfort zone, but as a result, I left with new friendships I plan to continue at Ohio State, and was able to enhance strengths and improve weaknesses. Leadership has always been a strength of mine and I was able to lead my groups at times. My independence was revealed in that I chose not to go home during my only opportunity this semester, and I was completely comfortable with knowing no one prior to the trip. Working with children was always a dreaded task of mine, but I improved my communication skills through volunteering and believe it will be something I look forward to in the future. After this service trip, I realized how even the smallest acts of community service can impact lives forever and this has motivated me to find ways to volunteer in both the Columbus area and my hometown in Pennsylvania. I am fortunate to have the privileges I do, and I want to be able to give people the opportunities and experiences I have had.