I plan to work towards Global Awareness in a variety of ways. First and foremost, I want to become a global citizen. I am taking the first step in that process by taking the London Honors course this fall, and actually traveling to London over the upcoming winter break. In addition to that, I look forward to becoming more globalized by exploring the different Buckeye Serve trips that work internationally and perform public service. Domestically, I plan on taking a few courses that will hopefully assist me in my quest to become a global citizen, classes from the Hebrew and Spanish departments, and taking classes that have to deal with the interdependence of the world. By becoming a global citizen, I can enhance global awareness by being more informed on a variety of global issues.
To work towards original inquiry, I plan to create an environment for myself in which I can contribute original inquiry. As an English major, I have the opportunity to participate in research in the humanities that looks radically different than the research taking place in the more scientific fields. Through taking classes such as Creative Writing, as well as orchestra classes, I will have the opportunity to engage in creative productions and performances. Of course, my participation in original inquiries will largely result from my course load, and my ambitions to take advanced classes. Pushing myself by taking advanced classes will lead me to have a different perspective, and this different perspective will help me to contribute to original inquiry.
I have used my academic plan to create a program of study that both indulges my interests as well as prepares me for life after college. My choice of majors and minors reflects this. I have a passion for both English and music, but I also have a firm belief that the knowledge garnered by receiving a business degree is incredibly useful because of the opportunities it allows me. Despite being a person who does not get very excited about science classes, I am incredibly excited to take the science classes that I have chosen for my GE courses. I am excited because the courses that I chose deal with disciplines of science that are not typically regarded as “hard sciences,” and the classes that I have chosen are interesting to me, despite the fact that I am not a person who typically gets excited or looks forward to science classes. My academic program goes beyond merely the minimum requirements because of its diversity and breadth of academia that is encapsulated in my studies.
As I plan my degree and prepare for my career, I am excited at the numerous leadership opportunities that are available to me. Currently, I am involved with Young Life, intramural sports, and a part time job, and I look forward to getting involved with various other organizations found on campus, such as the Buckeye Philharmonic, the Soccer Tennis Club, Sigma Tau Delta, which is an English honorary, and any other organization that piques my interest. Involvement with these organizations will teach me and refine a number of important traits such as time management, organization, etc. Being a member of these groups will help me to refine and develop my leadership skills as well.
I have always been drawn to the idea of service and being beneficial to others, and am a big proponent of serving others. To date, I have not had as much time for service as I would like, aside from assisting people in my residence hall with English homework, but I look forward to seeing that change in the future. I am really interested in serving in a soup kitchen or a similar establishment, and working with those who are having issues with food security. I also am really intrigued at the prospect of a Buckeye Serve trip, and hopefully I will have the opportunity to be a part of one of those trips in the future. While helping my peers with their English homework in my dorm has been quite enjoyable, I would love to be able to help other people through free tutoring or something of that nature. I plan on investigating that further in the future.