Welcome to Year Two at OSU! Below is an outline of where I’m headed over the next year or so:

  • Global Awareness
    • Educate myself to work better with the second-generation American students I interact with at my volunteering site, Northside Homework Help Center.
    • Expand my familiarity with the Spanish language as I pursue my Spanish minor
  • Original Inquiry
    • Connect with resources to secure research opportunities for my junior and/or senior year.
    • Participate in class-related research to prepare me for my Senior Thesis
  • Academic Enrichment:
    • When sparked with curiosity, research it!
    • Read books as recommended to me by faculty to deepen my understanding of class topics
    • Make connections between class content and the real world
  • Leadership Development
    • Get into Buckeye Leadership Fellows and actively engage to make the most out of such a phenomenal experience
    • Complete my term as the TLC Vice President of Administration with enthusiasm
  • Service Engagement
    • Volunteer at least 2 hours each week at the Northside Homework Help Center

January 12, 2019 | Semester in Review

My very first semester at Ohio State… what words can I use to describe it? Transformative. Freeing. Amazing. Those five months took 2018 from a challenging, mediocre year to an amazing year. Spring Semester of 2018 threw me through a loop:  I faced huge letdowns, without a lot of high notes to keep me going — but I made my comeback with Fall Semester 2018. I learned to love and own the fact that I was going to Ohio State, even when I had been shamed by some people for going to a state school. I truly became a Buckeye this past semester: not because of the academics, but because of the experiences I had with others. I found my posse. I found areas here at Ohio State in which I can succeed. I found a major that I absolutely love.

Just covering the best parts of the semester does not fully encompass the experiences I had, though — this semester wasn’t without its challenges. I was homesick for much of the first month and I went home a few too many times than what was healthy. Speaking of health, I was sick from week 5 through week 13; I would just trudge through each week more exhausted than the last. I received my first B on an exam, freaked out, and had to figure out how I was going to get my grade up. From these challenges, I grew. I learned that its okay to go home just because you want to go home, as long as you come back to campus at the end of the day or weekend. You may miss some bonding time or fun activities on campus, but it won’t be the end of the world: you know what you need. I learned how to manage my time better and work ahead in all things to anticipate my week 12 burnout and mitigate any consequences from inevitably falling ill. I finally learned how to study this semester! I turned my 84% on my first Statistics 2450 exam to 96%  and 99% on the next two, finishing that class with an A. This past semester represents the quote, “if you don’t fail, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you never change.”

Some highlights from my first semester:

  • Garba with Shobitha
  • OSU v. Michigan Game
  • Light Up the Lake with Jennifer & Shobitha
  • Being selected as a Scarlet & Gray Financial Coach
  • Writing my research paper for Rural Sociology 3580 on family planning as a development program in Africa
  • Finishing my first semester with a 4.0

Artifacts | October 25, 2018

Mount Legacy Week planning has started! 108 days until the start of Mount Legacy Week and I am so excited. I truly took a step this time and applied to be a Team Captain for MLW — and now, I am one of the four captains for Team Abuse. As a Captain, I will facilitate the planning of one to three service projects that will involve 50+ people and work to fight for the social justice issue of abuse.

I chose this as my artifact because I was feeling quite a disconnect with Mount, probably because I wasn’t engaged enough to form connections beyond my couple of friends. Now that I’m on a team of Mounties, I’m more engaged, connected, and committed to the Mount Leadership Society Scholars.

Artifacts | September 2018

Artifact 1 | September 26, 2018

This first artifact is a photo of the newest addition to my book collection (The Mysterious Benedict Society) with my weekly planner, which represents the balance I have acquired over the past few months between studious efforts & organization and downtime & leisure activities. I started out the first month of college with the mindset that my studies were my first and only priority. I scheduled nearly every minute of my week: down to mealtimes, homework/study times, and bedtime. I rarely scheduled time for breaks — that was to only be after I had completed my tasks for that day and before bedtime. As a result, two weeks in, I started disregarding my planner altogether, wasting those 90 minutes I had spent over the weekend planning out my week. This lead to unnecessary stress as each assignment took longer and longer to complete. Finally, I took the hint that my brain was trying to tell me and I started scheduling in downtime. From previous weeks, I knew which days I would be the most exhausted and unmotivated to work on assignments (Wednesday after Statistics, Thursday after Rural Sociology, and Friday after 4 PM), so I started scheduling blocks to rest and recharge during those times. Wednesdays after Statistics, I get myself a {decaffinated} coffee, take a quick power nap, and give myself 45 minutes to do anything fun I want; on Thursdays after Rural Sociology, I stop at Scott and have “afternoon tea,” which is a cup of lemongrass tea with toast; and on Fridays, I get any homework completed before 4 PM and I don’t work on any more school-related tasks for the rest of the evening. These times represent the breaks I’ve started to take to meet my physiological needs, but I’ve also started scheduling in times to meet my mental and emotional needs. I give myself time to read fun books, such as the one pictured, each night and I journal before I go to bed every day. If I’ve hit a mental block with studying, I don’t painfully push myself through, rather, I take a break an exercise or talk to one of my floormates. I am exceptionally good at scheduling, allocating, and managing my time; moreover, this artifact represents how I stopped trying to fight my strength in search of spontaneity and started utilizing my strength to improve my wellbeing.

Currently, this week (as pictured in the planner) is an experiment to see how I do if I follow a more mental, day-to-day schedule. Although this week is not going poorly, neither is it running as smoothly as some of my previous weeks which were meticulously planned. Therefore, looking ahead towards my future, I’m going to utilize my strength of planning out my week ahead of time and meticulously managing my time. However, I am also going to give myself those breaks that I need to recharge and improve my personal wellbeing. I can’t let these practices go by the wayside just because I have midterms next week; on the contrary, I need to maintain as much of a routine as I possibly can throughout these next coming weeks to provide the structure that makes me so much more productive in the long run.

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.” 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” 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.]

About Me

Kayla Kramer

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I’m Kayla Kramer, a freshman at The Ohio State University, where I am pursuing my Bachelors of  Science in International Development Studies with a minor in Public Health. Currently, I am tentatively planning for a career as an International Law Specialist for the UN, with a specialization in Refugee Policy.

Outside of the field of international studies, I enjoy and excel in various academic topics, such as math, sociology, and literature. Some of my many passions include graphic design (I’m a freelance graphic designer on the side!), dance, and the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

I have been an Ohio 4-H’er for the past ten years and I am currently finishing out my 4-H career as the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Secretary. Ask me about service, leadership, or citizenship, and I’ll discuss my involvement in 4-H.

Over the course of the next four years of my academic career, I would like to expand my horizons beyond the classroom through study abroad opportunities, internships, and extracurricular involvement. I’d especially like to start a club at Ohio State that empowers and aids adolescent survivors of abuse to receive care and counseling.

Employment & Activities

State Secretary, The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (Aug 2018-Aug 2019)
Residential Life Intern, Yale University (June -Aug 2018)
Senior Zip Line Crew Member, Leeds Farm (Sept – October 2016 & 2017)
Campaign Intern, Senator Rob Portman (June – November 2016)