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 Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


These are my “G.O.A.L.S” for the Honors/Scholars program:

  • Global Awareness– I would like learn more about other people’s cultures so that I can have different perspectives on issues. I would also like to have a deeper understanding of my own Latino culture
  • Original Inquire: I would like to participate in research that interests me as well as contributes to the surrounding world
  • Academic Enrichment– I want to take classes that both challenge and interest me while maintain a competitive GPA so that I may graduate on time with my degrees
  • Leadership Development– I want to better my leadership capabilities and learn from others so I can improve myself to be the best leader I can be so that in the future I can lead and help others.
  • Service Engagement– I would like to help people in anyway I can whether it’s from volunteering or attending rallies.


[“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 Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


Alexa Duffy is a second-year undergrad studying political science, international studies, and minoring in French at The Ohio State University. Originally from Akron, Alexa grew up in North Carolina as well as lived in London, England for a time as a child. She values traveling and has experience with doing humanitarian work. In high school, Alexa had the opportunity to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina through the Echo Foundation where she helped victims and talked with officials regarding some of the issues happening there. On campus, Alexa is Vice President of Amnesty international, member of College Democrats at Ohio State, an ambassador for OSU votes, a mentor in PSL, part of OSU USG (Undergraduate Student Government), a lifeguard, member of the Ski Club, and a part of the Ohio State student radio. Alexa is passionate with making a difference through foreign policy. In the future, she intends to either continue working in the non-profit sector through Amnesty International or go into the foreign services. Some of Alexa’s interests include going to the gym and swimming.


November Prompt

Congressional Appointment: The problems and solutions with the House of Representatives

The purpose of the House of Representatives was to represent people according to the population of the state, but with the current system emplace, it hasn’t been effective in representing the growing population in the United States. Redistricting is often seen as a big issue in modern America. With the extreme cases of disproportional representation amongst the states like that between the states of Montana and Wyoming to the lack of representation for the citizens of the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, many people believe that the way the House is congressionally appointed is not fair. Although this is a problem in the United States, there are solutions that would negate this. One solution for this problem could be adopting the “Wyoming Rule.” The “Wyoming Rule” is a proposal to increase the size of the United States House of Representatives so that the standard representative-to-population ratio would be that of the smallest entitled unit. This just means that the total population of the fifty states will be divided by the population of the smallest state (Wyoming) and that would serve as the number of congressional districts to be appointed. This solution wouldn’t even be new to congress as it was used back in 1920. Another solution is the “Cube Root Rule.” The “Cube Root Rule” is another proposal which states that the number of congressional districts appointed would be determined by the cube root of the total U.S. population minus 100 (to account for the number of senators). This solution offers a more fitting representation of the growing population. Either one of these plans can be implicated and would better serve as a more equal way to go about congressional appointment. Whatever route we decide to take, the goal would be met and a more “fair” House of Representatives would represent the American people.

About Me

Brandon Hernandez is a first year undergraduate student in College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. He intends on graduating with a bachelor degree in both political science and economics as well as potential minoring in Spanish. In the future, Brandon intends on running for public office with his sights set on making history as the first Latino president. Passionate about politics and law, Brandon has some political experience already working for a couple of campaigns such as the “Tamaya for Cincinnati” and “Wolf for County Commissioner”. Aside from that, Brandon has various different interests such as music, literature, and sports. Currently, Brandon is involved in College Democrats at Ohio State and LatinX and intends to continue his path in public service.