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.