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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. 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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“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 eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

Federalist Style Paper #3

Apportionment is the means of trying to equally apportion our congressional seats among the very different United States of America.  Apportionment is not always easy to achieve in being fair. Apportionment is the mathematical application to our democracy.

In a federalist government, there are a group of states that all have their own governments that are inferior to a federal government, a coalition of all of the states in the federation.  The federal government has a limited number of seats that each state has represented. This system favors big states with large populations over small states with smaller populations. In order to counteract this, the Constitution of The United States has many compromises such as the New Jersey Plan and the Connecticut Compromise in order to balance the power and give smaller states equal representation.  Many people that argue that smaller states are disregarded wish that the states had more seats in the house of representatives. Although, seats in the lower chamber are not based on the physical size of the state and instead given seats based on population.

In any society, it is impossible to achieve 100% fairness.  I think that seats are apportioned as fair as they can be right now.  If America were to change the way that representatives were apportioned, larger states would somewhat be drowned out.  In order to make up for less populous states such as Wyoming only having one at-large representative, Congress could increase its number of total representatives and states would have a smaller remainder in apportionment formulas and would have more representatives.  By increasing the number of seats in Congress, this would also allow for territories to have voting representation in Congress.

Territories of the United States include Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and many others.  Despite not being required to pay federal income taxes, many of these territories still end up paying many of the same federal taxes that mainland Americans pay such as payroll taxes, social security taxes, business taxes, gift taxes, estate taxes, etc.  Because they pay these taxes, should they not receive voting rights and proper representation? Many of these places could benefit from representation in Congress and with elections that will ultimately affect them as well. If these policies (i.e. trade, tariffs, foreign policy, etc.) are affecting these people, they should be able to have a say.  This is a basic principle that the United States was founded on and has been a pillar of the American way of life.

While apportionment of representatives may never be able to be fully fair, there are some steps that can be taken to make it as close to fair as possible.  By giving all groups representation, we are taking steps toward making our apportionment as fair as possible.

About Me

I am Cameron Jordan and I am a first-year student at The Ohio State University. I am enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering pre-major on a pre-law professional program. I plan on going to law school and become a patent lawyer for an engineering firm.

I have set my academic goals very high in hopes that I get into law school. I take my academics very seriously and value my education highly. I chose to do the PSL scholars program because I would like to be more politically active as I would someday like to be a high ranking law official.