Year in Review

Over the past year at Ohio State, I have grown as a person in many ways. I have learned how to be more responsible by living on my own. It was hard to adapt to at first but after I while, I preferred living on my own over living with my parents. I like to have freedom to do whatever and go wherever I want. This has also led me to be more responsible because I have to look out for my self when going places on my own. I have also grown more as a leader. I joined Buckeye Blackout at the beginning of the school year and this past week I was elected co-marketing director. I am thrilled to hold a position in this club. Our goal is to promote sustainable living through the arts and specifically music. We hosted two concerts this year and they were so much fun to organize and put on. I was able to design the new club logo and use this design for laptop stickers that were given out at the last concert. I was also in charge of designing our new website. My goal for the club is to have our concerts hosted at the Newport music hall one year.  Lastly, I have simply grown as a better rounded person. Ohio State and the scholars program has helped me to be more outgoing, make new friends, and experience new things. I am so glad I was given all of these opportunities and am proud of how far I have come just over this past year.


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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.]


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My first year at Ohio State was a life changing experience, I made a ton of new friends and learned so many new things. My favorite part about my first year was taking an architecture studio class and designing, then building, models. I had so much fun staying up in studio all night working on my project and joking around with all of my classmates. The first model that I built is what I decided to be my artifact. It represents a new beginning of my life, as an architect. I hope that one day when I’m working I can look back at this model and see all the progress that I have made. Even looking at my first model compared with my most recent one I can see a huge difference in quality. IMG_9734 IMG_9737 IMG_9739

About Me


My name is Jeff Leopold and I am from Elyria, a small city just about 30 minutes south of Cleveland. I worked hard to become Valedictorian of my high school and I plan to continue that work ethic while enrolled at Ohio State. I had always dreamed of studying architecture and when I visited Ohio State, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. I am a member of the Architecture Scholars program and it has helped me greatly in many ways, it allowed me to make new friends fast and have a reliable network of friends I can go to for help. I am a member of Buckeye Blackout, a student organization that promotes sustainability through the arts, and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) within the Knowlton School of Architecture. I love exploring the outdoors and learning about new cultures, I traveled to Costa Rica on an exchange trip during high school and found my passion for traveling. My goal for architecture is to design internationally in underdeveloped countries to improve housing for the underprivileged.

Giving my speech at commencement.

Giving my valedictorian speech at commencement.