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.]


On Saturday, October 20th, my HES peer group went to Katalina’s for breakfast. We took a bus down to the Short North and walked the rest of the way. When we arrived, we were shocked to see how crowded the place was; fortunately, the lined moved quick and we were able to find a table. My favorite part about the trip was the tables! They had markers and you could draw directly on the table! I also really enjoyed the pancake balls we all split. They were literally balls made of pancake and filled with Nutella. If I were to go back, I would make sure to go at a time when they are less busy. From this, I learned that I should definitely try out new food places around Columbus. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend! I had a really good time and the food was worth the wait!


On Tuesday, November 27th, my roommates and I went to Kafé Kerouac. It was a short walk from Drackett Tower and we stayed for lunch. I ordered a James Joyce coffee and zuchinni walnut bread. The food and coffee were very good but the coffee was very hot and burnt my tongue! My favorite pat about the experience was spending some quality time with my roommates in a setting other than our room. My least favorite part of the experience was the walk there—it was so cold outside. I learned that there are places off campus to get cheap coffee (compared to Starbucks) and study. The cafe had light chatter and was very homey. My roommates and I talked about definitely coming back to study sometime! I would also recommend this place to a friend who loves coffee. Overall, my experience at Kafé Kerouac was great and I’ll definitely be coming back for more coffee!


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Orchestra really shaped and made my high school career. I made some really great friends and was constantly pushed. Orchestra for me was a team and individual sport. I played the viola for my school’s Chamber Orchestra, but also took private lessons and played in solo competitions. A lot of my time spent after school was practicing for school and my solos. I will never forget any of the trips my school orchestra took. My sophomore year we went on a trip to Canada and played with in Montreal with an elementary school. The young girl I was stand partners with only spoke French (which was kind of difficult since I’ve only taken Spanish classes). My junior year we competed in the National Orchestra Festival in Pittsburgh, which was very nerve wrecking, but rewarding. My senior year I was Co-President of the orchestra allowing me to gain leadership experience. Through orchestra and playing my viola, I have grown to be who I am today. Playing the viola in an orchestra has taught me the values of commitment, honesty, and hard work.


I have wanted to go to Ohio State for a long time because both of my parents went here and I’m from Columbus. My mom gave me the lanyard one day for my car keys and now it means a lot to use it for my dorm key. This room key is a symbol that really summarizes a lot of my semester. I was nervous to move into Drackett because I knew I was going to be living with 3 other girls. I wasn’t sure how everything would play out. However, after going through the OWL program with two of my roommates I realized we would all get along great! Now my roommates are some of my greatest friends here at Ohio State!

About Me

        My name is Katie Jenkins and I’m from Hilliard, Ohio. I am a first year Chemical Engineering student on the pre-optometry track and am part of the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars program.  I am also a national member of the Society of Women Engineers organization.

After taking the Clifton Strengths test, I learned that my top 5 themes are achiever, analytical, learner, restorative, and woo. An achiever is someone who perseveres until they have gained the knowledge and skills needed to attain a goal. When studying and learning new subjects I cannot go without not knowing pieces of information. I work until I understand everything within the subject. My second strength is being analytical. Since I enjoy known facts, numbers and trends are my go-to for learning. I periodically follow an established procedure to get certain things done and create plans. As a learner, I am eager to be knowledge, whether that is about people, data, or discussions. I often as people questions to gain more insight on their interests and goals. Restorative people are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it. I always think about what I could be doing in the upcoming future. I keep a planner and make sure I am organized and work to figure out how I can save myself more time. The woo theme involves deriving satisfaction from breaking the ice and making connections with people. In social settings, I get the urge to introduce myself to others.