Seminars at Ohio State

I attended a seminar on ‘Shakespeare Among the Suicide Bombers: The Turmoil of Theater in Modern Afghanistan’ seminar with one of my STEM friends. The lecture was held at the Thompson library and featured coffee and Baklava. I was surprised by the diverse crowd at the lecture. Many of the students were undergraduates who were studying the lecture for an intro to theatre class. Many of the other attendees were professors and faculty from the Middle East Studies Center. The speaker, Nushin Arbabzadah, was really amazing. She is an afghan play-write that travels to universities and educates people about the history of theater in Afghanistan. Her list of accomplishments is extensive and highlights her passion for the arts and education. Many of her accolades involve her work as a translator and journalist. Previously she delivered the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Annual Lecture on contemporary Afghan theatre from its humble origins on the dusty streets of ancient towns to its elevation at the court to its devastation under the Taliban to its current recovery through international efforts. The content of her lecture was very new to me. Having never been very involved with the arts, I was blown away by the sheer beauty of Afghan theatre. Not only did I learn about theatre in Afghanistan, but I also learned about the history of the country, the politics, and the culture of the people there. I gained insight into the impact of theatre on women in society. By becoming involved in theatre, women have more opportunities to grow and achieve their dreams. This fabulous lecture kept me engaged and made me eager to learn more.  

While this lecture did not relate to research in my major, I still found it was a meaningful and insightful experience. As a student, I want to have a wide breadth of knowledge and work to learn about topics outside of my department. As an medical anthropology major, I am focused on the study of humans which is a vast and diverse topic. By learning more about the human experience through theatre, literature, and political struggle, I am further enriching my studies. Furthermore, by attending lectures outside of me specialty, I can make new connections with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Events like seminars are perfect opportunities to network with new people and become more acquainted with different areas of study. 

I truly enjoyed the lecture and felt that I gained valuable knowledge and insights into a very unique culture. I am met amazing people including an Afghani film critique who was seated next to me during the presentation. I plan on attending more seminars that are outside of my area of study as well as ones that relate to my major and research interests. I am grateful that I have so many amazing opportunities on campus to learn the world around me. I would encourage more undergraduate students to branch out and take time to attend lectures like these because they are great opportunities to learn from experts and prominent researchers. There were many great things about this experience and I’m excited to continue to educate myself outside of the classroom at Ohio State.

Career Readiness at Ohio State

During my survey class last week, a representative from The Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success came to speak about the resources available to help students become career ready. Her presentation was very informative and insightful so I decided to make an appointment with the Career Coach for Undergraduates interested in Healthcare and Wellness. I made an appointment  for the next week through my Handshake account which is an amazing tool that is available to all Ohio State students. 

At first I was nervous about the appointment because I haven’t had any career development before and I do not have a professional resume yet. I had also never had much exposure to career building in high school because resources focused more on college admissions but not beyond that. When I arrived at my appointment, my career coach began by asking me a few questions about my career goals and how I’ve begun to develop my resume thus far. Next we discussed possible research opportunities I could pursue and other volunteer organizations I could become involved with during my time at Ohio State. We also discussed plans for the summer and how I could go about finding opportunities in Cleveland by creating a LinkedIn profile. I found the Center for Career and Professional Success to be a very valuable resource even for first semester freshman who feel they are no where near beginning their careers. I felt that the reassurance and guidance provided to the students is very helpful in keeping students focused and engaged with their education. I also felt that I had gained a better understanding of the timeline for pursuing research positions and internships. 

While I had a very pleasant experience with my career coach, I felt that they were not as helpful as I had hoped. When I talked about being a STEM Scholar and how that might help me build my resume, she admitted that she was unfamiliar with Scholars its benefits for students career wise. I also asked for recommendations for volunteer opportunities geared towards pre-med students that would be educational and worthwhile but they just told me to do some research online. I had hoped to be directed to other resources but this was not the case. If I were to suggest a change for The Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success, it would be to support the staff in becoming more up to date with what students are involved in on campus and how these opportunities could benefit students in the long run. By being knowledgeable about Honors & Scholars, student run organizations, and volunteer opportunities, the staff could better help students become more involved and help them make decisions that will assist them in finding a job in the future.  

The Ohio State University has countless opportunities and resources for its students and I am excited to explore more of them during my time on campus. My next appointment will be at the Dennis Learning Center so I can develop my study habits to be more effective and efficient. 


Student Organizations

Having been a swimmer my entire life, the pool has become a place of solace for me. Doing high school I made some of my best friends through the swim team. One of my best friends from high school joined the Ohio State Club Swim Team last year during her freshman year and when I came to Ohio State I decided to join the team as well. My first swim practice I went with my friend from high school and her friends. They were all very nice and each told their favorite memories from club swimming. 

Joining club swimming has been the perfect student organization for me because I have been able to make amazing friends while remaining active. Swimming gives me an opportunity to take my mind off of classes and recenter myself. The practices are Monday through Thursday at 7:45pm which has been very beneficial for me. Now I am more motivated to complete my homework early so I have time to attend practice. Taking a break from assignments and studying is also beneficial and helps me regain my focus. Being active is important to me and swimming is one of the best workouts for the body. Not only is swimming easy on the joints, but it is also a full body workout. Swimming is a form of exercise that a person can easily continue to do throughout their entire life.

At first I was worried about being able to complete the workouts because I hadn’t been swimming competitively during the summer but each practice’s workouts are a suggestion and individuals can scale the workout to fit their needs. I was invited to swim with a few of the sophomore girls and it was a really great time. They played music and were very welcoming. I had originally been worried about fitting in with the team but I quickly made new friends and now we walk to practice and get dinner after practice most days of the week. The team also has social events of the weekends so teammates can bond outside of the pool. One of the club leaders will make dinner at their house and everyone will eat food and hang out. I can definitely see myself holding a leadership position in the club one day. I think I would do well in the vice president position because their job is primarily communicating to the team important information about dues, meets, and events. Though I could also see myself as the meet coordinator because one of my strong suits is planning events. 

I am grateful to have found the club swim team because it has provided me with the opportunity to make friends with older students which is great because they give helpful advice and are wonderful connections for the future. Already I have learned about how to secure off campus housing for my junior year and how to find a research position. Though the team is much larger than my high school team, I have found that it is still a very close knit community and supports each team member. 

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.]


[ “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 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 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.]

Academic Resources at Ohio State

Math has never been a subject that I have considered my strong suit. I have always had to work significantly harder to get the grade I wanted in my math courses compared to my other subjects. Throughout high school I had classes that were very small and catered to each student’s needs. I received the support I needed in the classroom and had never needed to seek out academic support elsewhere. When I was having problems with a subject, I would watch online videos or simply ask my teacher for help. So naturally when it came time for college courses to begin, I was very nervous about large lectures and confusing recitations. 

At the beginning of this semester, my Math 1151 course had become overwhelmingly hard for me and I had begun to panic and dread going to class. I was receiving terrible grades on assignments and I wasn’t sure how to fix that. Fortunately, I had talked with one of the older students on my floor about my calculus troubles and she highly recommended that I visit the Math and Statistics Learning Center. While I was very nervous to go to the MSLC, my friend and I decided to try it together and now the MSLC is our favorite resource on campus. Going with a friend to the MSLC at first was beneficial because I saw that I wasn’t the only person struggling in calculus which in turn helped me to be more confident about seeking academic support. Now I have a small group of friends that I go to the MSLC and work on homework with. 

The MSLC tutors are phenomenal and help me not only get problems correct, but they also help me to understand the material in a way that makes me confident in my calculus abilities. At the MSLC, I typically begin by working on a homework assignment and then if I’m having trouble with a question, I’ll let one of the tutors know and they work with me until I fully understand the concept. Other times, I will bring in my graded quizzes and the tutors help me correct my mistakes and give me advice on how to format my work better in order to receive more credit. By learning from my mistakes instead of just being upset about the grade I receive, I have felt much more prepared for assessments and as a result I have performed significantly better on them. 

I recommend the MSLC to every student struggling in a math course. So many people at Ohio State have never needed academic support before and as a result they’re unsure about how to get the tutoring or assistance they need. The MSLC is amazing because students can receive tutoring from their peers, something much less daunting than going to office hours to meet with a professor. The MSLC has helped me learn that I don’t need to rely on just myself to succeed. I now understand that I need to advocate for myself and seek out the resources that will help me to succeed.


About Me

My name is Meghan Kessinger and I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where I attended Beaumont School for high school. I am currently earning my Bachelors of Science in Medical Anthropology at The Ohio State University. I am on the pre-med track and in the future I plan to attend medical school and specialize in urology.

During my four years at Ohio State, I want to be a well-rounded student that is academically focused and involved on campus. I am currently a member of the club swimming team which fosters friendship through physical activity. I also plan on applying to become a member of the Student Alumni Council because of my deep appreciation for the alumni of Ohio State. While in college, I plan to continue to volunteer as a Eucharistic Minister and join the American Medical Women’s Association. I am very excited to explore and experience the countless opportunities that The Ohio State University has to offer.