Service engagement

Many of the ACES scholars visited the Columbus Collegiate Academy as a part of the event “Community Commitment” to help set the school up for a brand new fall semester. Activities such as cleaning up the basketball courts and organising school materials were done. A lot of us made new friends and also got to know each other better since this was during the beginning of the school year.


Global awareness

In one of the ACES lectures, we discussed the topic “Cultural Intelligence.” We talked about how certain stereotypes can lead to misunderstandings, miscommunications and problems. Because we live in a such diverse country, it is essential to have a certain level of Cultural Intelligence. This will help one communicate better with people from different cultures/backgrounds and it will ensure that one doesn’t offend anyone.


In this project, three other scholars and I watched a documentary that was “created for the purpose of educating the public about important issues impacting local and global communities” and analysed it to understand how it represented the four pillars of the ACES program: positive social change, advocacy, community, and service. We also learned more about other topics covered in documentaries analysed by different groups.

About Me

Hello, my name is Rudra Gandhi. I am a freshman at the Ohio State University. My parents and I immigrated to the United States from India in 2016. Since then, I have lived in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently a Neuroscience major on Pre-Med track. My goal for the future is to become a Cardio-thoracic surgeon or a Neurosurgeon. I chose the medical path because I have always wanted to help others get better. I think of this career as a service rather than a job. I also find the inner workings of our body very interesting and I try to learn something knew about it everyday. I am also a part of Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars (ACES.) This scholars program helps me understand current community issues via volunteering as well as class discussions. I also get to meet people from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds which helps me expand my knowledge on various topics.