To say that this was an adventure is an understatement. And the fact of the matter is that this is only just the beginning. In just a couple of months I have made some of the greatest friends that I have ever had. I had some amazing college experiences like the football games and the adventures around the city, exploring my new home. But to say that it was easy would be a lie. College was a giant flip on my world and I had to learn how to actually “college,” so to speak. I had to navigate my way around a place that seemed HUGE and develop a new routine. Coming into college, I had never really studied before and I could easily go through school. College was a giant slap-in-the-face-reality-check. I actually had to learn how to study more effectively, and manage my time better as I realized that I couldn’t really just go with the flow. It was a giant shock because, for the first time, I found myself slightly struggling with the workload and course material. It was a problem I had never faced before and needless to say it set me back for a bit. Nevertheless, I quickly adapted and found my footing. Bio Sci Scholars also held me accountable and made sure that I actually was working hard to maintain a good GPA. Not only that, but the Bio Sci events were really fun and as a result I have made new friendships with others in this Scholars group. Overall, I’d say that it was a pretty fantastic semester, even with the little bumps in the road.
When I was little, my mom put me in everything from martial arts to recreational hiking and everything in between and beyond. It wasn’t until I was put in a dance class at the closest studio to home (with my then-best-friend) that I truly found my love. Throughout the years, dance has challenged me. It taught me to let go of perfection, or at least my idea of it. I learned how to work through difficult and trying times, as dance was NEVER truly easy. It taught me how to work towards a goal and value what I have. And more than anything, I also made friends. My friendships with the beautiful people that made up the I’hde Rather Be Dancing Competitive Team will last long after I leave and start a new life here in Columbus. They have seen me at my best and my worst, and together we were unit of art and passion. Dance was been and will always remain an important part of life, as it reminds me of all the lessons I learned and memories of my youth can bring me up when I am down.
One of the Scholars events that was made available to us was a “Full Moon Float” down the OlentangyRiver to look at downtown Columbus in a new way. Eager to get out the dorm to have some fun with old friends and hopefully make some new ones, I signed up right away. It was super fun and I learned a lot about myself and others in the group as we played a classic game of “Two Truths and a Lie.” Rowing requires teamwork from everybody involved much like life and is was good to be reminded of that truth. The city was beautiful to look at it was good to get some fresh air and some great exercise!
G.O.A.L.S. is the collection of principles that we as Honors and Scholars students live by to ensure our success at The Ohio State University. We use these ideas to push ourselves as well as each other, broaden our perspective on the world, and constantly challenge “dogma.” Below are the five parts more in detail:
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 . During my time at college, I would love to study abroad and expand my horizons on the world while learning in a university setting.
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. A large part of being a pre-med student is taking the opportunity to conduct research and be part of the discovery of knowledge and so you will hopefully see my name on a couple of publications in the future.
Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom. Being a Neuroscience major, you are held accountable as you are to hold at least a 3.2 GPA. This requires you to be active in the classroom and always be challenging yourself to be the best you can be 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. Joining clubs is basically a “must” at OSU, and within the clubs at OSU there are many leadership opportunities. I am already a part of some great clubs that are both service-based and that reflect my interests!
Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community. Another part of being a pre-med study is giving back to the community, and volunteering is very important. More than the hours you get under the belt, it is the experiences that you get and what you take from it is more important and I plan to continue to volunteer like I did in high school.
Altogether, as Honors and Scholars, we hold ourselves to all five standards as individuals and as a community of intellectuals. Check back more throughout the year to see my stories of living up to these principles!
A Bit About Myself:
Hello! My name is Kaitlin Kaiser, but most people call me “Katie” for short. I am northeast Ohio born and raised, and until now, I have been living Cuyahoga Falls. (For reference: just think Blossom Music Center and you’re right on the money in terms of location.) I love art of all types and poetry, and dance is my favorite activity that I’ve been working to perfect for 12 years. Generally, if a food is covered in cheese, there is a 90% chance that it will be eaten. I graduated in the top ten with honors at Woodridge High School located in Peninsula, Ohio, and I am starting as a 1st year at The Ohio State University as an Honors and Scholars student studying Neuroscience.
Woodridge was, above all, a great place to grow up in. I had been going there since kindergarten and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. In high school, I was very active and involved in the I’dhe Rather Be Dancing Competitive Dance Team. To challenge myself and try something new, I signed up for the school’s tennis team and by senior year I went from never holding a racket before to playing varsity doubles. Church life was a large component in my life as I served communities around the country in mission trips and was an active leader within the youth group at Northampton United Methodist Church as a “Teen Leader,” where we as a group coordinated events and acted as the liaison between the youth and the adult leaders. I was also very involved with the arts at school, participating in and leading: Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Womens’ Ensemble, and Rhapsody (the school’s show choir). All the while I pushed myself academically in numerous AP courses and participating in NHS. Some of my favorite memories revolve around the experiences that I have made with my friends in my passions. One particular memory that sticks out as I am writing this is an experience that happened not too long ago. As part if a church outreach, volunteers drove down to the Akron-Canton Food Bank to assist the staff in organizing and repacking the meat donations. We worked along each other as friends and family and even made connections with total strangers that worked alongside us. It was a long morning, and by the end we all were cracking jokes about eating salads for the rest of the week, but all of the hard work paid off in dividends. We were able to repack and organize 19,300 pounds of meat which provides 16,083 meals to families in need. In that moment we were overwhelmed with gratitude and humility as we heard the stats. It goes to show that even a little bit of your time and some actions as simple as passing food from one place to the next can go a long way in helping others who need it. It was a truly beautiful experience that will stick with me for a long time.
Continuing on at OSU:
Woodridge is a smaller high school that, while growing rapidly, only has about 170 people in each class. This allowed for each class and the entire school to become a tight knit community. It might look weird, going from a small community to studying at one of the country’s largest campuses. But I craved the change. As diverse as Woodridge was, I wanted to meet more people from every background and walk of life and escape the small school bubble. I see OSU as a fresh start for new experiences and people. While overwhelming at first, the more time I spend on campus, the smaller it seems to get. I see familiar faces from high school and newfound friends everywhere I go. Even the campus itself seems a little smaller the more I navigate it. At OSU I plan to push myself to get the best education I can. Undergraduate research is a huge thing I plan to get involved in to discover new ideas that challenge the status quo. Like my time in Woodridge, I also hope to make lasting connections that will help me throughout my life.
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