G.O.A.L.S. For My Honors Contract

Global Awareness

One way I increase my global awareness is through coursework. I have been working towards completing a Spanish minor, as I have studied this language since I was in kindergarten. I intend to round it out by completing a study abroad in Lima, Peru next summer, which will give me cultural and linguistic immersion that I cannot achieve at OSU. I would also like to get more involved with the SPPO department; specifically, I want to go to the SPPO club, attend more department events, and make use of their learning center. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy learning other languages, primarily with online resources like Duolingo and HiNative. This allows me to fully enjoy media from other countries and cultures. Lately I’ve been listening to Brazilian music, and from time to time I read German and Italian newspapers. I also pay attention to some international news.


Original Inquiry

So far, I have joined Dr. Antonio Boveia’s experimental particle physics group in the physics department. I have completed some data analysis tutorials under his guidance, and I’m in the process of figuring out an exact research project for me to work on with him and his postdoc Dr. Emma Tolley. Additionally, this summer I will be participating in an eight week REU program at Northern Illinois University, also doing an experimental particle physics project. I hope to have enough experience by my senior year to complete an honors thesis.


Academic Enrichment

My Honors Contract demonstrates academic enrichment in its scope and rigor. I am planning on completing far more than the minimum 121 credits required (in fact, I anticipate to have more than 121 credits that are upper division alone), and I am double majoring in physics and mathematics, and double minoring in music and Spanish. I chose physics as my major because this is the subject that has captured and retained my interest the most out of anything else I have tried. I think it is one of the most fundamental fields of study as it seeks to scientifically approach our understanding of the universe. I decided to add a math major as well as it complements physics, and I enjoy learning about the subject in general and doing recreational math in my free time. I chose a music minor because this is my favorite hobby and art form, and I can’t imagine not exploring it further. This is also true for my Spanish minor, although it is also a continuation of my language studies that I started as a kindergartner in a dual language program. I also really enjoy linguistics in general, so I hope to complete a few GEs in this subject. I also signed up for Philosophy Club as a research credit this past semester because I couldn’t imagine graduation without philosophy on my transcript, although sadly I don’t have time for a full class.


Leadership Development

I am currently involved in quite a number of student groups at OSU (SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, Radical Pi, Philosophy Club, Community Orchestra, Ukulele Club, JAM) and am interested in exploring more. I held the vice presidency of Ukulele Club this past year, which I will continue to hold next year, and I am president-elect of SPS. Leading SPS in particular will help me achieve my goal of bettering the undergraduate physics community at OSU, and will give me experience leading a physics related group, which I hope to do eventually as a career.


Service Engagement

In my first semester at OSU, I volunteered at an elementary school with the OSU Ukulele Club to run an after school music program. Since January of this year, I have been volunteering at the Pets Without Parents animal shelter on a monthly basis. I plan on continuing to volunteer at the shelter, and I have been looking into working with Community Refugee and Immigration Services as well as any STEM outreach events the physics department may be involved in. However, I feel like I do not have enough time to do all the service work I would like to, so realistically I will just be working with the animals.

My G.O.A.L.S.

Global Awareness:

To work toward global awareness, I plan on pursuing a Spanish minor. The courses I plan to take for the minor will expose me to literature, culture, and music from around the Spanish-speaking world. Additionally, I would like to study abroad, either somewhere in Latin America or Spain to enhance my Spanish experience.


Original Inquiry:

I plan on doing research in physics. I’m not sure which area at the moment, but I find particle and nuclear physics interesting. When I’m a senior, I’d like to complete an honors thesis in physics research.


Academic Enrichment:

I have used my academic plan to create a program for myself that focuses on my main academic interests: STEM, philosophy, linguistics, and music. I chose physics as my major because it seems like the most important field of study. I think understanding the nature of the universe from a scientific standpoint is not just a goal for myself, but for all of humanity, and I’d like to contribute to that effort. That’s also why I’d like to do a philosophy minor. A scientific approach to the world is good, but it’s also important to think about how we go about doing science and what assumptions we make. I’m choosing to pursue a Spanish minor because I have been studying Spanish since kindergarten when I was enrolled in a dual language program, and I’d like to continue studying the language and associated cultures. Additionally, it falls under my interest of linguistics. I’m also choosing to do a math minor to complement my physics curriculum, and also because I find math interesting and satisfying from a pure intellectual way. The variety and amount of coursework I plan to take exposes me to useful topics in both STEM and the humanities.


Leadership Development:

I am currently involved in several student organizations. When I was in high school, I was in charge of two clubs and I would like to hold leadership positions in college clubs as well later on. I would also like to explore leadership opportunities in physics research, although that is unlikely to happen as an undergraduate.


Service Engagement:

I currently volunteer at an elementary school through the OSU Ukulele Club to teach kids ukulele. I am also interested in volunteering at hospitals or STEM and other music programs for children.

Survey Discussion Question #4: Growth

When I was in high school, I was a pretty lazy student, doing the bare minimum necessary and getting some grades that reflected this attitude. However, in the latter half of my senior year, I realized that I needed to change my behavior in order to be successful in college. I used to think that my academic abilities were predetermined and I only had so much potential, but after putting in more effort to school I began to adopt the growth mindset and see that if I was willing to do what was necessary to do well, not only would my grades improve, but so would my retention and appreciation of knowledge.


Coming into college with this attitude has been very helpful. In the past, I used to do all my assignments at the very last minute, but now I try to be a little bit ahead of schedule. That way I can work on things without stressing about time as much. I’ve also been going to office hours when I don’t completely understand lectures. I almost never did that in high school, but in the past few months, I’ve been talking to professors outside of class at least every other week. Additionally, I’ve come to realize that education is a group effort and have started working with peers more. I used to only organize study groups before final exams, but since August I’ve been meeting with classmates just to do regular homework. As a result of my increased focus on academics, I currently have some of the best grades I’ve ever gotten, which is something I hope to keep up as best I can for the rest of my time as an undergraduate. I hope to expand on these good habits to ensure many more successful semesters.

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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[ “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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. 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” 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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation is a reflective description of the artifact that attempts to communicate its significance.  For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

[Your “About Me” is an introduction and should provide insight into who you are as a person and a learner.  This should include a picture of you that is appropriate in a professional/academic context. This information should be continually updated.  For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio.  Delete these instructions and add your own post.]