Exploring Columbus #2

Theme: Food

Experience 2: North Market

My first impression of the North Market was that it reminded me a lot of Trader Joe’s. It was very busy at the time, but I remember how calming it still felt. I enjoyed being at a grocery type store as I realized how often I went at home and how odd it felt to not easily have access to one now. My favorite experience of the location was the Jeni’s Ice Cream. Though it was good, I wouldn’t say it quite lived up to the hype so many locals have placed around it. Regardless, I would recommend the North Market to a friend as it has so much variety and food to offer.


Experience 3: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant

When my parents came to visit they took  me to German Village for lunch. It is beautiful with old stone buildings and the brick road. We spent most of our time just admiring random houses we saw on our way to the restaurant after parking the car. Once we got to the restaurant it was far more casual than I had anticipated, making me somewhat skeptical. Once we got our food, however, it completely lived up to the hype around it. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend for sure not only just for the food, but for the environment.


My favorite experience from this semester was going to German village. I have learned that Columbus is such a diverse city with countless opportunities (for more than just food too!).  This project has made me want to explore more of the arts side of Columbus. I would recommend someone wanting to explore the city make sure they are moving out of just the short north and seeing what Columbus has to offer beyond.

Columbus To Do List #1

Columbus To Do List #1: Food

For this semester I chose from the list food for my exploring Columbus project. For this choice, I am most looking forward to going to Condados, but also I am overall looking forward to getting off campus with my friends and exploring the Columbus (while also eating some good food). Out of this semester, I hope to have a better understanding of the city and be able to make recommendations to others about where they should eat when they visit Columbus.

The first experience was going to Condados. It was my roommates eighteenth birthday so we all decided to get dressed up and go to the short north. Though Condados is usually packed, we went late on a Wednesday and were seated immediately. The tacos were amazing, I tried two different kinds and could barely finish the two. Overall it was a great first choice. My roommates and I also grew a lot closer bonding over dinner. I found that food is a great bonding tool. I also grew in my knowledge of the bus system on the way there, which is extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend and I now feel more confident in navigating the Short North.


Year in Review

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My peer group and I went to Chop Shop for our Columbus adventure. It was interesting to be at such a staple for OSU students, and to better learn about my peer group! We went on Monday during class time and walked together from Drackett Tower. I learned a lot about my peer group from the experience, their goals, internships, and even allergies (also I learned that the burgers are excellent). Overall, I would recommend Chop Shop to others because it has good, fast food at a reasonable price. Also it’s super close so there isn’t the huge hassle of transportation most students struggle with. Unfortunately, we were so caught up in getting to know each other we failed to take a picture, but below is a fairly accurate representation of what it all looked like.



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Artifact #1: Rafiki Bracelet

The summer before my senior year, my club Service Projects Abroad was set to travel on a service trip to Nicaragua. We traveled with ME to WE and while there discussed pillars of sustainability and the impact of service beyond what we were directly doing. I learned that service is not as much about the tangibles given, but showing others that what you are doing is so important that people would come from all over the world to ensure its existence, whether that be equality, education, or something as simple as clean water and healthcare. I had never thought about service in that way before and was amazed at the impact those ideas had on my outlook. The Rafiki bracelets represent the pillars of sustainability and profits from their purchase go back into ME to WE to continue their mission of sustainability. This trip renewed my love for service and led to me applying to the humanitarian engineering program.

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Artifact #2: OWL program

I signed up for the owl program because I wanted to move in early and I thought it would help my chances at becoming an OA for the semester. While both of those goals were accomplished, I learned a lot more about myself in the program than I expected to. During the OWL “party” event I grabbed one of my fellow OWLS and we decided to fully engage in the childish activities before us, peaking as we found the face painting station. A little overexcited and over tired, I concocted a plan to have an owl painted over my face. Not only did I get my friend on board, we immediately convinced those around us to join us in the spirit of the OWL program. Through this little idea of complete goofiness, I found myself to be more outgoing and able to relax around others than I had previously thought. It greatly impacted my confidence in making friends beyond the program and my confidence now as I meet new people. Please enjoy the picture below as I spent 20 minutes hunting down the owl mascot for this glorious image.


About Me

My name is Savannah Giordullo and I am extremely excited to be a part of Humanitarian Engineering Scholars! I am a first year undergraduate student and currently majoring in Undeclared Engineering. I graduated from Mariemont High school in Cincinnati, Ohio where I was involved in Cross Country, National Honors Society, Service Projects Abroad, Key Club and the spring musicals. Outside of school I worked as a math tutor, volunteered at the Cincinnati Observatory, worked as an intern at a law firm, and did service work in Nicaragua in the summer. Through these activities I cultivated a love for physics, space, and inquiry which eventually led me to pursue engineering. As of now, I am unsure the specific branch of engineering I wish to study, but I am leaning towards electrical, mechanical, or aerospace. Outside of my studies, I am also involved in AFROTC and looking to become more involved in clubs such as boxing club and theme park engineering. I am a huge disney fanatic and being a part of their Imagineering team is definitely one of my career dreams. In the future I hope to work as an engineer for the Air force and later work with commercial plane companies or follow a career in designing and building amusement park ride.



  1. Adaptability
  2. Individualization
  3. Activator
  4. Ideation
  5. Significance

I identify with these traits. I feel that they’re the ideal version of myself when I am at my best and are all fields where I can find success if I put in the effort.