Over spring break this summer my friends that I met in Barrett and BioSci all wanted to go on spring break together but we were on a budget and some of us couldn’t be gone the whole week so we looked for somewhere closer to home than a beach. We searched around and decided that Hocking Hills looked like a great place, so we found a cabin to rent and made our plans. We had to plan out all of our meals before hand since there weren’t any restaurants nearby. We picked a time to all meet there since we were coming from different parts of Ohio and all made it safely.
This was a unique experience since there wasn’t any cell phone reception there, so we really got to live in moment. We went on hikes and had a fire and had a great few days getting to know each other better. We’ve already started planning a new trip for next year!
At the conclusion of my first year of college, I am looking back at how I developed in the Scholars GOALS. While I haven’t had many chances to work on Global Awareness, I hope to use STEP funds next year to travel abroad. I have begun to improve my original inquiry skills by learning more about music and how to make it. I have learned the basics of music theory and am starting on the piano.
Academic Enrichment has been my biggest area of stimulation this year, as I took some difficult classes that challenged me to come up with new ways of learning. One in particular was Anatomy 2300, this course was harder than I anticipated and it caught me off guard, but I committed to it and ended up with an A! I developed leadership skills in my job as an Office Assistant, where I was one of the most senior employees at our desk. While I didn’t join any specific service organizations, I volunteered with BioSci and with Ohio State Running Club at various places. I’m excited to continue to develop myself over the summer and in year two!
Biological Scholars had a service event at the Hot Chocolate run on Sunday November 18. We met at water stop #4 bright and early at 6a.m. Once the race organizers arrived and dropped off the tables and other supplies, we set everything up and filled thousands of cups with water and sports drink. When the runners started passing us we handed them all drinks and cheered them on. It was cold out, but a lot of fun and the runners were very appreciative.
An important event to me was graduation. I ended high school with a 5.11 (4.0 unweighted) GPA as Salutatorian of my class. I’m very proud of this achievement because I worked hard to get the grades I got. I took difficult classes and won 11 varsity letters in high school. Graduating 2nd in my class is something I will never forget and when I start to lose motivation, it reminds me that hard work pays off!
On October 4th, 2018, I attended an event hosted by Biological Sciences Scholars in Townshend Hall about the opioid crisis. The Opioid Research Panel had four professionals from Columbus who talked about their research. They discussed various aspects of addiction, from causes to treatments. I thought that the most interesting part was Dr. Huber’s flowchart of treatment presented by one of the professionals. He highlighted that research needed to be done to determine which steps of recovery are the most effective and use those ways. He had discovered that a lot of traditional parts of the recovery process were ineffective and unnecessary.
The opioid crisis is a big issue in Ohio today and I know people affected by it, so I’m very interested in ways to fix it. This panel exposed me to new ways of thinking about the crisis.
I am a first year student at The Ohio State University. I plan to major in nursing and hope to become a nurse practitioner in the future. I graduated as the 2018 salutatorian of Findlay High School, in Findlay, OH.
In high school, I had the honor of being named a National Merit Finalist and I was named an Academic All-American swimmer by NISCA – the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.
I also had success in athletics. I accumulated 11 varsity letters in cross country, swimming, and track and field. I was a two year captain of the cross country team and earned Honorable Mention All-TRAC in all three sports and Second Team All-TRAC in swimming.
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As I near the end of my first semester at Ohio State and in Biological Sciences Scholars, I can reflect back on what I have learned. The most important development was my change of career path and major. In high school I always wanted to be a doctor, but over this past summer I thought about it more and started to doubt that decision. When I started classes and began talking to more people about it, I realized that what I really want to do is help people, and while this is what doctors do, my idea of helping fit more with being a nurse.
I decided to change my major to nursing, and I am very excited to start taking nursing courses in my second year. This change taught me that you never know what life has in store for you and that you need to be able to accept these changes and know when to admit you were wrong.
I aim to complete my college education with G.O.A.L.S. In mind. Global awareness is an important part of a holistic person and I will work on my Global Awareness by minoring in Spanish. Original Inquiry is the second aspect of GOALS and I plan to achieve this by participating in research here on campus. The third part is Academic Enrichment, which means challenging yourself to learn as much as you can. I hope to do this by working diligently in school.
Leadership is the fourth aspect of Honors and Scholars and I while I haven’t found any ways to develop leadership in college yet, I did many leadership activities in high school. The final part of GOALS is Service Engagement. There are thousands of ways to volunteer in Columbus, and I am excited to explore them so I can help others!
I created a resume for my application to be an RA next year: Copy of resume biosci-1bsy3av