Being in a community as large and diverse as the one present at OSU has helped me expand my knowledge of the world and my awareness of global issues. It’s not uncommon to talk with course mates about experiences that we have had living in different countries, and this interchange and debate of views has enriched our conversations and ideas. Everyone brings something different to the table, and whether that is a song, a book, art, political ideas, history, or food, it’s great to be able to share and appreciate them.
Having joined a research group on my first semester on campus, I have had a lot of experiences in research since joining the university. This year has been especially fruitful in that regard, as I have passed the initial period of learning the basic tools and methods of the research process, and have been able to make progress in the projects that I have worked on and in my own personal development. Overall, this year in research has been a fantastic experience that has excited me about doing more of it in the future and learning more about how to analyze and study the natural world.
My Honors Contract reflects the rigor that I have attempted to conduct in my courses at university. I have challenged myself and I have pursued my interests, namely the studies of physics and mathematics. The GE’s that I have taken have also been held to the same standard, I tried to expand my knowledge and try new things, such as the studies of sociology, ancient Greek history, holography, etc. Each of them has taught me something new about the world, in each I have found a place and an angle to look intelligently upon it. All of them in a way have supported my main studies by broadening my views and ideas, and ensuring a well-rounded approach to my future career.
While I don’t participate in many activities that have helped me cultivate my leadership in a direct way, I feel myself growing in confidence and ability to direct people in daily situations. This originates from the accumulation of events that have helped me develop a sense of self and of my abilities, and a growing into a purpose-driven and motivated individual. I have learned to ask for help and give it to others, I have learned to respect and value people’s different approaches and styles and help synthesize them when working as a group.
The OSU community is truly one of mutual support and respect. Its size and presence of campus are felt everyday, and have helped me feel as part of this larger community, which has inspired me to give back to it everyday.