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.