G.O.A.L.S.

During the course of my college career, I plan to undertake a number of different ventures to ensure I get the most out of my experience here. One very helpful tool I have in that regard is the G.O.A.L.S. system set up by the Honors and Scholars program.

One pillar of this system is the goal of global awareness. This is such an important attribute to possess in the increasingly globalized world we live in. To me, this means to have an understanding of what is going on not only in terms of the world around me, but also the people. I think exposure to a global perspective is essential, and I plan on attaining this through not only the courses I take, but also through fulfilling a study abroad experience. By learning about the world in my international studies major courses and by experiencing the world through an enriching abroad journey, my level of global awareness should heighten immensely.

One thing I am very passionate about is writing. Since the start of the semester, I have been quite involved in the Scarlette Magazine on campus. It revolves around fashion and popular culture, about which I will be writing a few articles for the fall issue. Both articles I plan on writing include heavy research and an interview component. While writing for the school’s magazine may not seem very significant to better my education, the practical skills I will be taking away from it will help dramatically in my future career as a journalist. Coming up with ideas for these articles have pushed the bounds of my original inquiry, and I am very excited to see what I come up with in the end.

Academic enrichment is also a key factor in completing the honors curriculum. With a double major in international relations and journalism, I feel pretty confident in the direction I want to take regarding my career. Because I want to work with political news outlets abroad, I believe both of these majors will work hand in hand to prepare me for what is to come. Along with that, I will complete the German minor to deepen my skill set.

A great skill to have in all areas of life is the ability to lead. Leadership development, therefore, cannot be overrated in a college setting. As part of the OSU Sailing Club, I have quickly been given tasks of leadership, such as teaching newer members how to sail, manning a team at a regatta, and helping out at a qualifier. Through this club and these leadership responsibilities, I have become more confident in my ability to relate to people and to manage projects. This was something I worried I might struggle with when coming to college, but thus far I have been pleasantly surprised at the successes. Due to the personal growth I have experienced after just this one month, I hope to eventually get on the organization’s executive board and contribute even more to the leadership of the club.

Last but not least, service to the community serves a very necessary role in the making of a well rounded honors student. As part of this goal, I hope to use my funds from the STEP program to promote my contribution to service. There are many volunteer abroad programs that are advertised throughout campus, many of which appeal to me personally. My goal is to participate in one of these programs and give something back to the world in any way I can.

There is a lot that can be said for having goals going into your college career. The most important, however, is that these goals should be clear and meaningful. Thanks to the honors and scholars program, I have a strong system of goals and ambitions for the next four years at this university.

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

Hello! I’m Lindsey Heben and I’m super excited to be a freshman at OSU this year. I’m majoring in international studies and journalism with a minor in German.