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.]



  • Global Awareness: My global awareness goal for this year is to research and get informed about opportunities and the steps it takes to go abroad. Studying abroad would be an amazing experience that would enrich myself with other cultures. Going abroad is certainly a future goal but prepping and becoming  aware of the opportunities Ohio State offers can be achieved this year.
  • Original Inquiry: My goal for original inquiry is to do research on accounting and become familiar with the field. My current knowledge on my intended major, accounting, is decent but can be easily enhanced with some research.
  • Academic Enrichment: My academic enrichment goal is to maintain above a 3.7 GPA while continuing to be involved in the various clubs and organizations I have joined thus far. Being able to balance my school work with extracurricular programs is extremely important to me.
  • Leadership Development: To further enhance my leadership skills, my goal for this year and the future is to hold a position on the board of one of the clubs/organizations that I have joined this year.
  • Service Engagement: Included in one of the clubs that I have joined, I will volunteer my time to play and interact with children whose parents have cancer. My goal is to be as much involved in this club as possible throughout the year


[“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.]




My PSL mentor is Jon Knaggs. Jon is a second year student who, like myself, is currently enrolled in the Fisher College of Business. Coincidentally, Jon is also pursing a bachelors degree in accounting. About a week ago I sat down with Jon to ask him a few questions and gain some insight on how to succeed as a freshman at OSU. I ambushed Jon with a plethora of questions about all there is to know about OSU. However, to save you all time I am going to give just the highlights of the conversation Jon and I had. I’ll start with probably the most important question I asked Jon all day, where is the best place to eat on campus? Jon replied, “The Market on Neil”. According to Jon it’s a better “Union” restaurant, so count me in. I also asked him if he preferred to write notes on the iPad or handwritten? He said that he preferred the iPad because it helped him stay a lot more organized than he used to be. Thinking ahead to my future semesters at OSU, I asked Jon what classes he recommend I take next year. He recommended two classes: Early American Political History and Business Calculus. I’m currently taking Business Calc at the moment and I agree with Jon, so far it’s been a great class. The last tip I would like to share with you all is where Jon recommended to study for his classes. Jon said, despite the critics to his answer,  that his favorite place to study is his own room. He also recommended the basement of the 18th Avenue Library. Well, that just about raps Jon up!










With more than one third of eligible voters in America choosing to disregard their vote on Election Day, our nation finds itself behind many of the world’s developing nations in participation at electoral polls. In the summer of 2016, the Pew Research Center ranked the United States 31st out of a group of 35 countries, who have democratic systems much like our own, in participation in voter turnout. Needless to say something must be done in order to increase a dwindling number of voters in the United States.

I have actually pondered this question many times before. In my recent government class in high school we talked about to low voter turnout in the United States. Our teacher suggested basic ideas such as putting together organizations to advertise the importance of voting and commercializing the need to vote. However, I believe that something must be done on the national level if any big impact is going to made. With that being said, I believe the answer to this desperate question is incentive. If the government where to give citizens a $50 reward for voting, citizens would surely get of their couch and find the nearest voting stage. Although this solution may seem costly, I feel as though it is the only resolution to a problem that must be fixed. If a bill were to be passed on the national level in favor of my idea to offer incentives to voters, I am certain the percentage of voter participation will increase drastically.

Instead of doing the impossible and very controversial solution of eliminating the electoral college or making gerrymandering illegal, I feel just giving the citizens a simple incentive to vote will drastically increase the number of voters. The majority of people would easily take the $50 for giving up thirty minutes of their time. The only problem to this solution is I feel as though this incentive would not fit to well with the conservatives beliefs. Giving away money and increasing voter turnout isn’t a top priority  for the Republicans to say the least. Nonetheless, I strongly affirm my position that an incentive would increase voter turnout in a significant manner.

About Me


My name is Matt Gramza and I am a first year student at The Ohio State University. I am currently enrolled in the Fisher College of Business with the intent of pursuing a bachelors degree in accounting. I am a Buffalo, NY native who has a passion for sports. Go Bills! In addition, I enjoy being a strong leader both in and outside of the classroom and enjoy building strong relationships with my fellow peers.