Kindness: Doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care of them.

Humility: Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.

Leadership: Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same time maintain good relations within the group; organizing group activities and seeing that they happen.

Judgment: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly.

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

My top 5 strengths represent the part of me that loves helping others. It might sound “cheesy” but I cherish the opportunity to guide others and help them find what they love or at least step out of their comfort zone. Going to college created a fear inside of me that fed upon my anxiety in leaving my hometown, my rigorous routine, and my family. However, this survey encourages me to look beyond the big and scary, and create a new picture that focuses on adventure, risks, and constant learning. I am not surprised that kindness is my number 1 strength because it is a moral that I live by. I am also very humble because I believe that actions speak for themselves and being able to appreciate your own accomplishments without creating unnecessary competition is extremely valuable and will draw people towards you. I am surprised that leadership is so high up on my strengths assessment because my style of leadership is unconventional and very observant. Although I am part of Air Force ROTC and the ENR Scholars Group, I try to lead by example and not have an overwhelming presence. The description of leadership fits seamlessly into my motivations for treating others with respect and working as a group to accomplish varying tasks.

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence is one of my favorite strengths because it is the foundation for my passion in environmental activism and perception on the world. I am surprised that teamwork isn’t as high on my assessment, but I think that this part of my life is centered around independence and a sense of self that has highlighted my other strengths and forced me to branch out and grow. While my roots remain tied to my past experiences, I want to continue to build upon them and develop my other strengths that are less prominent in my character. I want to improve my creativity, faith, and temperance. Constant effort and perseverance will help me reinvent my character and as time goes on, my strengths will change. While some fade into the background, others will thrive and prosper.

About Me

My name is Brooke Kauchak and I am from Granville, Ohio.

My small town is not too far from the city of Columbus, however, I haven’t spent much time touring downtown and exploring my soon-to-be home for the next four years.

My passion has developed from nature and I plan to pursue a major in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability in the School of Environment & Natural Resources. I am also part of the ENR Scholars Group and will be living it up in Morrill Tower with my three roommates and the entire 10th floor.

I have no idea what I am most excited about for my freshman year but I plan to explore the city, attend football games, take risks, and thrive outside of my comfort zone. I want to find classes that keep me engaged and continue to be inspired to improve my perspective and make new friends.

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.

 

Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement.

Global Awareness: I plan to study abroad through the SENR and experience a unique culture while strengthening my passion for sustainability and the planet.

Original Inquiry: I have explored the Olentangy river with my ENR Scholars group and I have spent my senior year of high school researching conservation ecology and creating a need for community involvement in environmental issues. I have also been involved in the creation of a land lab and the research of water quality throughout Licking County.

Academic Enrichment: I am taking CHEM 1210 and it is kicking my butt.

Leadership Development: I am slowly taking the leadership skills I have and applying them to my ROTC for the Air Force.

Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community. I am volunteering for the city of Columbus and keeping my service ties with my hometown.

Career

I plan to major in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability in order to pursue my interests in keeping our planet clean, safe, and alive.

I am also in Air Force ROTC and I hope to be commissioned as a scientist when I graduate from the program. I feel that the military can utilize my specific goal sets in order to gain valuable perspectives into the well-being of our nation.

Furthermore, I love to travel and I plan to minor in Spanish so that I can go abroad and discover new cultures that will deepen my appreciation and widen my perception. Environmental issues aren’t simple, and it’s important to study the conception behind them. I plan to see how people react to these while engaging myself in my studies and searching for solutions.

Artifacts

[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

I grew up in nature and I am extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to spend my childhood outside. My experiences in the world around me have taught me that the most beautiful creations are sometimes caused by destruction, and being observant will lead to wonders.

My passion for the environment is strengthened by my twin sister, Emily, who is studying at Allegheny College to become an environmental scientist. Our unique bond is complemented by our mutual love for the outdoors.