Global Awareness

Global Awareness is one of the important foundations of Ohio State’s Honors & Scholars Programs. It is important as a member society to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion and to be culturally sensitive. As a Spanish minor, I believe it will be very useful to be bilingual in my future career as a social worker. Because of my involvement in the Spanish language, at one point in my college career I want to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. I believe this experience would not only help me further develop my Spanish-speaking abilities, but also help me experience a culture I only know so much about. In my current Spanish 3403H class, and in my prior high school Spanish courses, we have had many guest speakers including native speakers, from which I have gotten to partially immerse myself into a different culture.

It is important for students to recognize the importance of uniqueness and diversity even if they are not studying a language in college. In any future career, it is likely that one will deal with clients, colleagues, and therefore people from diverse experiences and backgrounds. To prepare students for this, people should encourage a variety of activities, experiences, and conversations involving people from all backgrounds.

Mental Health Awareness

 I wore a green ribbon similar to this one on my gown during my high school graduation. Throughout my high school career, two members of my graduating class lost their lives due to suicide.

Mental illness has always had a special place in my heart as I have had my own personal struggles with depression and anxiety. Not only that, but my brother also struggles with severe anxiety. Because mental illness has touched many people around me, I most likely want to be a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker in the future in a hospital or healthcare setting. I want to help those like my brother and I, who feel little hope, and need resources to bring themselves out of darker times.

I am a firm believer that mental illness is an issue that has been heavily stigmatized in today’s society. The media fails to discuss issues pertaining to mental illness and feeds into society’s standards with their unrepresentative models and covers. By not discussing these issues openly, people are less likely to feel the need to obtain help or further resources.

Service Engagement

One of the central G.O.A.L.S of Honors & Scholars at Ohio State is service engagement, meaning committing to service in communities. There have been many times in my life where I have participated in community service activities.

Throughout high school, I went on five mission trips with my youth group to different places across the United States. During these trips, we partnered with members of the community to repair homes, landscape, and run community events. In my local community, I volunteered at the Delaware County Common Ground Free Store serving meals and bagging clothing items.

Now at Ohio State, service engagement still continues to be an important aspect of my life. In the ACES scholars community, we are required to get twenty hours of community service a semester, which has motivated me to familiarize myself with the Columbus community and service opportunities. So far, I have made blankets for Project Linus, volunteered at the Centerville Community Center, and picked up trash by the Olentangy River with an organization called F.L.O.W. I plan to participate in many other events like these in my next semesters at OSU.

Another organization I am apart of is a newly created student organization called Rise. Rise is an organization focused on helping middle schoolers grasp the idea that where they come from does not effect who they will become. Since this organization is new, we haven’t started our activities yet, but in the spring we plan to go to local middle schools in the Columbus area. While at these schools we plan on tutoring, mentoring, and getting to know the children. I am excited to be the Co-Language Coordinator as well as the Community Service Coordinator.

Autism Awareness


This is the puzzle piece that is used universally as a symbol for autism awareness. It is used by many small groups and organizations such as Autism Speaks to advocate for the inclusion of those on the autism spectrum into society.

This puzzle piece, and any item on which it appears, mean a lot to my family and I. In 2005, my younger brother Evan was diagnosed with autism. It is something that has completely effected our family dynamic in both positive and negative ways, but it is also something you cannot change. I wouldn’t;t change my brother, and I am proud of the person he has become. He now confidently plays a variety of instruments of stage, excels in school, and enjoys the social activities that come with being a sophomore in high school.

Because of Evan’s diagnosis, I now recognize the importance of not stigmatizing autism. Many people feel uncomfortable talking about disabilities, and this causes false assumptions to circulate. It is important to be open, and discuss issues like this, so those with autism are not isolated from our society. As a future social worker, even though I will not explicitly be working with those who have learning disabilities, it is important for every social worker to advocate for populations that are oppressed or underprivileged.

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 guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Summary of G.O.A.L.S.

  • 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 guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me


My name is Anna Gardner and I am a first year student at The Ohio State University majoring in Social Work and minoring in Spanish. I am apart of the College of Social Work’s 4+1 BSSW/MSW Program, and in the future, I want to work as either a Medical or Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker. At OSU, I participate in club tennis, Recipe for Good, ACES, and a new student organization called R.I.S.E.

I grew up in Powell, OH with my mother, my father, my younger brother, and my younger sister. Throughout high school I loved to play tennis and soccer, attend youth group, and volunteer around my community which ultimately led me to choosing Social Work as my future career. Since I grew up around Ohio State, it was an easy decision to come to school here, and I am excited not only for my future as a Buckeye, but also for my future as a Social Worker.