Community Commitment Service Event

The event I attended was the Community Commitment event on August 24th.  The event was a service event.  We initially arrived at a community outreach center that helps older individuals in their ability to continue living at home rather than in an assisted living center.  My small group were taken about a block away to the home of an elderly man named Richard who needed yard work accomplished.  We spent most of the afternoon from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. hacking weeds and poison ivy in their backyard and cutting down tree branches in their front yard.  The service event impacted me by allowing me to meet new people, both in the international affairs scholars program as well as Richard.  Working alongside my peers for Richard didn’t change any of my beliefs nor perspectives.  This service event relates to the topic of International Affairs because it has a lot to do with communication.  I had to meet and interact with new people, and all of us were forced to work together.  On an international scale, this is what governments, militaries, agencies and individuals do.  We all interact with one another to solve problems and get work done.  Nations do this via communication, planning and committing actions.  On a small scale, this is essentially what happened today.  From doing this service event, I personally gained three new friends: Amber, Chris and Hanna.  I was glad I attended and met new people on my floor.  The event (especially the yard work that my small group was working on) doesn’t necessarily directly relate to any other topics I’ve learned in other coursework.  At most, it has to do with communicating and interacting with others.  One question I have is if the outreach center focuses largely on any other individuals in the community other than the elderly.

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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. 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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • 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

[“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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

[Your “About Me” is a brief biographical statement that might include your intended major, your academic interests, your goals, as well as the things that make you unique.  Definitely include a picture! Also, remember that you can always update this post at any point. 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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]