G.O.A.L.S.

Global Awareness

Our world is full of people. Each and every individual is unique with their own story to tell. As part of Honors & Scholars it is important to know the stories we each carry and understand what makes them different. Being from a high school where the students attending reflected the outside world is very humbling. Every person came from a different background each bringing their values, knowledge and stories with them. This contributed to the general understanding that their will be people with differing view points as well as why someone acts differently based on their culture.

Original Inquiry

There is so many ideas and information to learn that sometimes, one must do their own research. By participating in research and other independent projects I can learn can understand the research process and the inner workings of our world.

Academic Enrichment

The pursuit for knowledge is never ending. And in rigorous courses attaining academic excellence beyond the norm in and out of the classroom is a necessity. With a major in neuroscience this pursuit is never ending. The brain is a complex organ with many intricate parts and functions. By reading articles and participating heavily in class one can succeed at knowing how it works.

Leadership Development

Being a leader is something that changes you forever. It pushes you outside of your comfort zone and makes you selfless. When I was field commander of my marching band I felt both of these. It made me more confident, strong, approachable and gave me a drive to succeed. Using the skills that I have acquired I am better suited for many challenges that I will face in my life.

Service Engagement

As social beings we must be apart of our community. This shows that we have compassion and empathy to people, animals, our planet. Personally I plan to better the lives of the people in Columbus but also across the world. We share this world and together we must lend a helping hand to everyone that we can.

A Day at The Columbus Zoo

I love animals! And going to see exotic animals that aren’t native to Ohio or even North America is quite the treat. However, what made this trip memorable is going behind the scenes of the manatee exhibit and the zoo hospital.

At the zoo hospital I got to see the several surgery rooms, a lab, and other projects that the zoo veterinarians are taking part of. These surgery varied in size as some animals can fit in the palm of our hand, while others need to be hauled in a truck. Along the walls of the hallway in the zoo hospital, pictures of animals hang on the walls. Our guide told us that each picture represents a project that the veterinarians are involved in. Some of the vets were studying health of the animals in the wild while others study migration patterns of birds.

The other part of this trip was going behind the scenes of the manatee exhibit. Here we saw the MASSIVE amount of Romane lettuce needed to feed the manatees just for one day. We then walked to a small platform that sat on top of the water inside the exhibit. We were two feet away from touching the manatees and a step from jumping right into the water. As much as I wanted to swim with the manatees I knew that there were also some dangerous sting rays in the water too.

The zoo is an amazing place. At one point I thought that it was wrong that these animals are removed from their natural home. But I see that the zoo helps raise, and rehabilitate animals. The zoo puts an enormous amount of money, time and love into these animals so that they have the best chances of living out in wild. However some come to the zoo in critical condition and can’t be released they are still well cared for.

Becoming a Leader

For the past four years it would be difficult to look back on my high school career without talking about marching band. Marching band was and partially still is an important part of my life. I worked my way up the leadership up to the highest position in the band, I played in as many honor bands as I could and I took part in the many fundraising opportunities. Marching band made me who I am today and helped me become a better person.

In the beginning of my freshmen year I remember how terrified I was. Media had portrayed high school as an awful place, full of bullies, essays, and gross cafeteria food. However, only the latter two actually existed. Walking into that band room for the first time, I felt anxious about meeting new people. I was afraid of being accepted by others and still struggling to accept myself. I was greeted by a warm smile and a note on my chair that said “Welcome to band! I’m so happy that you are here and I can’t wait to have a great season! -your secret senior.” From that moment, I knew that this was going to be an enjoyable experience. With my freshmen year I gained a sense of confidence and the ability to love who I was that continuously grew.

Becoming the field commander of the marching band was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. After having poor leadership the previous year, I wanted to boost my band up and provide a sense of stability and optimism that was missing for the past several years. I remember the first practice as field commander and how strange it felt. That my only job was to only help out rather than to be taught marching. This was new to me as I had become accustomed to being one with the band rather than above it. But something that I wanted to change was that the field commander was still one with the band and not given special treatment. So I worked to create a relationship with all of the freshmen and strengthen those with upperclassmen.

Being field commander allowed me to further accept myself. I have always struggled with self acceptance whether that be the way I looked, who I liked, or how I acted. This position pushed me out of my comfort zone to where I had to become more outgoing, more willing to help and understand how my emotions affected those around me. This event of being a leader allowed me to become a better version of myself and without it… I would not be the same person I am today.

Looking back on these great memories I see how vital this position was. Not only to increase self-confidence but to also use life lessons that I learned that will stick with me forever. Like how to talk to new and different people, what it means to be an effective leader and that no one exactly knows what they’re doing.

 

About Me

Hey there! My name is Jarod Griffith. I was born in Jamestown, New York but I have lived in Grove City, Ohio since I was nine. I attended Franklin Heights High School where I graduated with honors. During my time in high school I was involved in marching band, French club, National Honor Society and Gay-Straight Alliance. Now I am starting my first semester at The Ohio State University with a major in Neuroscience.

Music, French and my dogs are a big part of my life. I love to create music and the rush of energy I feel when I perform is exhilarating! Learning a foreign language has opened new doors for me in the terms of travel, new friends, and awesome opportunities! Not many people know that I train dogs. I train them to compete in a sport called Dog Agility. My dog Luna and I have competed at the national level and gave the border collies a run for their money!

Something not many people know about is that I love winter! I love the snow, the festive spirit, and the hot chocolate. Some of my favorite memories are from my childhood where I would build snowmen and sled down massive hills!

Thanks for coming to my page! Check back soon for more updates on my life at OSU!