Joseph Gamin: G.O.A.L.S.

Currently, near the end of my first semester at The Ohio State University, I have adjusted dramatically to the different lifestyle, academics, social life, and resources at Ohio State. In my classes, I’ve changed my study habits and work ethics to adapt to each of the G.O.A.L.S. of the Honors program over my four years here.

In the sense of global awareness, many opportunities sound thrilling to me such as education abroad, doing research abroad, and experiencing many different cultures, but the most enticing opportunity for me personally is to do volunteer work or internships in my area of interest abroad. My current idea is to work in a pharmacy, behind the scenes, keeping track of their large sets of data and returning conclusions to the managers and technicians so that they can make decisions with the company.

Original inquiry is still a part of the G.O.A.L.S. that I’m pondering. Some of my ideas include doing academic research, meeting people that are doing contemporary research in the pharmaceutical or big data industries, and meeting entrepreneurs. I’m not sure what academic research I would be interested in at the moment, but before Sophomore year, I plan on meeting with the Undergraduate Research Office to find out what kinds of research present themselves to someone studying in the areas that I am interested in. Meeting with researchers or with entrepreneurs provide original inquiry to me by exposing me to new ideas and different perspectives related to the academics that I will study.

My academic enrichment will be largely a result of the over 130 credit hours that I intend to take. The courses I planned out as of now will provide a strong education and be flexible, giving me options for when I’m struggling. Two of the types of courses I picked from, GEs and minor courses, provided me with a large list of options such that I could pick courses that both interest me and will be helpful in the future.  I chose many challenging and interesting courses that I believe will help me get through my eight semesters while keeping me intrigued and developing my strategies for learning.

My participation in both classroom-based events and activities and outside-of-the-classroom events, activities, and opportunities is going to be very meaningful to the development of my leadership abilities throughout my four years at Ohio State. As an first-year, my time is best used in finding leadership roles in student and community organizations, in order to develop the skills necessary to take on more important leadership roles in my upperclassman years. Such roles may include internships, research, and volunteer work abroad.

Finally, the Honors and Scholars G.O.A.L.S. guidelines describes service engagement as the last area of enrichment in Ohio State Honors students’ college education. In my G.O.A.L.S., service engagement is an important part of the global awareness and leadership development goals. Volunteering or working abroad in my area of interest is a way to develop global awareness as well as service engagement, and participating in service projects in a leadership position can also develop leadership abilities as well as service engagement.

All of these plans will be important for me to complete as an undergraduate to develop myself as a person through the G.O.A.L.S. The goals will make me a very capable adult, capable of recognizing my own weaknesses, and willing to help others or get help from others to achieve success.

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.]


[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation is a reflective description of the artifact that attempts to communicate its significance.  For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

[Your “About Me” is an introduction and should provide insight into who you are as a person and a learner.  This should include a picture of you that is appropriate in a professional/academic context. This information should be continually updated.  For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio.  Delete these instructions and add your own post.]