End of Semester Reflection

This semester has gone by so fast. I can’t believe that I am about to take finals, and then start all new classes. I have learned a lot this semester about myself. I am really happy with my academic performance overall and I have settled in nicely with friends. To summarize my semester, I will list some specific ways I have changed. For example, I now cross the street in front of cars without fear. I also am much better at finding my way around campus now. I know where all of the best bathrooms are, and I am not afraid to use them. I started the semester studying all the time and not leaving much room to socialize. Now I socialize all the time and I don’t have much time to study. I have finally mastered the art of exerting the least amount of energy to achieve the grades I want. It is really an art. I also have started prioritizing how I use my free time. I love hanging out with friends, but when I’m not with them I want to make time to relax and write and read and sing.

The things I miss most about home are these things in this order: my dad, my dog, and the bath. I want to take a finals week bath so badly, but short of clogging the shower, there aren’t many options. However, overall, even though I miss home I am really grateful to be here. My word that I chose for my bracelet at the beginning of the year was cherish, and I’m trying to live that out one day at a time.

My First Week at OSU

In one word? Overwhelming. In many words, my first week at Ohio State was challenging, but it was also a lot of fun. Move-in day was very crazy. I felt like it wasn’t really real, as though I was dreaming. Welcome week was exciting, especially the activity fair. Signing up for new fun clubs helped to get me motivated to join the OSU community and get involved. At first, everything felt a lot like summer camp. I still have this feeling like any day now camp will end and I’ll go home. That said, I have adjusted to my new routine pretty well. I enjoy going to my classes and hanging out with friends, but I haven’t totally gotten used to the amount of studying I have to do now to stay on top of my classes. I also have not adjusted to having a roommate. It is really strange to have someone in your room every night because I am so used to having my own living space. However, my roommate is really nice and easygoing so we haven’t had any disagreements. I also am definitely the more messy one which I didn’t expect. I am going to make an effort to match her neatness because I appreciate the effort she puts in to keep things clean and tidy and I want to do the same.
I think that I hoped I would instantly make a group of friends as soon as I walked through the doors of OSU but obviously that is unrealistic. It can be difficult to put yourself out there to make new friends but going to club meetings and social activities has been helpful. I wish that I had a lighter course load this semester because I have already felt like I am missing out on social opportunities so far because of my need to study, but I am proud of myself for prioritizing school. Overall, I am really excited for everything that college holds for me even though at some points its extremely intimidating. I have high hopes that I will continue to adjust and settle into a routine.

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 includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  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

My name is Audrey Kunath, and I’m from Cleveland. My major is undecided but I am interested in healthcare. My hobbies include singing, writing, and watching movies. My favorite movie is “The Matrix” because it is the best movie ever made. I am really excited about going to OSU!

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.

[ “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

[“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.]