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.

There are several goals that I have set for myself this year to make myself a better student, family member, friend, member of the community, and overall person. I set goals in hopes that they will make me better and make the world a better place. When thinking about my goals, I think that my goals fit in well with the G.O.A.L.S. framework.

First, when thinking about Global Awareness, two of my most important goals are to finish my Spanish minor and study abroad this May. I want to finish my Spanish minor, so I can have a better grasp of the language and culture. I want to travel to a Spanish-speaking country to immerse myself in the culture, so I can learn more about others and their stories. I also want to travel to a Spanish-speaking country, so I can become fluent in Spanish. That is the ultimate goal for me. If I can become a fluent Spanish Speaker, I can have amazing jobs that unilingual people can’t get because they only speak one language. In terms of Original Inquiry, I plan to engage in market research to learn more about the financial system and the global market. I plan to research stocks and invest so that I can learn more about finance. As I am a finance major it is important for me to do individual research. To continue in my academic enrichment, I strive for greatness in all my course. I strive for 4.0 GPAs every semester because I want to be the best student in my class. I strive to be the best and to work harder than the next person because I want to be the best. My goals in leadership development are to be vocal as a leader and to lead by example. As a service committee chair, I want to lead my committee to be the best that it can be. I need to be vocal and motivate them to be better. I also need to be led by example and work hard to make sure they are working hard to serve others. In service engagement, my goal is to lead a group to Appalachia to build houses for the poor. I want to lead this group to help impoverished people build houses and to help people in my group to grow in their faith.

Career

[“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

In June 2016, I travelled to El Salvador with a group from my school to perform service work at COAR (Community Oscar Arnuelfo Romero) and the Cleveland Mission. As we prepared for the trip, I had no idea that it would be one of the most influential experiences of my life. Our mission was to teach English to students at COAR, and help build houses at the Cleveland Mission. As we worked on our mission, I learned about the culture and the lifestyle of Salvadorans. I learned about the danger that Salvadorans live in everyday due to the gang wars between MS-13 and other gangs in El Salvador. I also saw the extreme poverty that millions of Salvadorans live in every day. I was surprised at the condition of the communities that I saw in El Salvador. However, the effect this service trip had an incredible effect on my life After experiencing some of the poorest communities in the world, I began not taking things I have for granted. I realized that having a solid roof over my head, running water, and clean clothes is something that I should never take for granted because there are hundreds of millions of people across the globe who don’t have those luxuries. I learned that I should thank God and thank my parents for everything that they do for me and for putting me in a position where I can succeed. I make sure to pray for those that suffer from absolute poverty so that they may one day have a life full of the same opportunities that I have. This experience also helped me discern that I wanted to become fluent in Spanish so that I can continue to participate in service trips like this and continue to connect with those from other countries. I want to continue to help those who need it the most. One of the most valuable lessons I learned from the Salvadoran people I helped is to persevere no matter what the circumstances may be and always have a smile on your face. All of the children and adults we met always greeted us a smile no matter how bad their living conditions were. I was amazed at the way they went through life despite their unfathomable living conditions. Their perseverance and views on life inspire me to have a more positive view on the world.

About Me

I am Charles (Charlie) Giganti from Avon Lake, Ohio. I am a first year undergraduate student in the Fisher College Business where I plan to major in International Business. After high school Spanish, I will continue my Spanish education at Ohio State. While in high school, I was involved with Model United Nations, Mock Trial, Science Olympiad, Parish Council, and I volunteered with Special Olympics and Challenger Baseball. At Ohio State, I want to continue to volunteer with service organizations and work with the Newman Center to grow in my faith. I look forward to getting involved in several clubs at Ohio State so I can continue to grow as person and learn more about the world that we live. I hope to gain different experiences at Ohio State that change my perspective on the way I view personal problems and issues.