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.]



  • Global Awareness: The most obvious way to meet and experience new ideas and cultures is to meet new people. But not only do you need to put yourself out there, but you need to respect those new ideas when you are exposed to them. Another possibility is studying abroad, but I’m not sure if this is something I want to pursue myself. It is something I can see myself doing, but necessarily something I need to do.
  • Original Inquiry: This goal is probably the most difficult for me to see a concrete path to completion. I am interested in psychology, so the obvious answer would be to work in a lab trying to solve why we behave and think the way we do. But that is a very broad goal that I hope to narrow as I am able to experience more of what the major has in store for me.
  • Academic Enrichment: Not only do I wish to get good grades while I am here, but I also want to be able to balance that with a good mix of clubs. I am already trying to do that this year, as I am considering joining the officials association, and the college republicans. These clubs will help me grow academically beyond what I can learn in the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: As a member of PSL, leadership skills are something that I feel is a necessity. Whether or not I choose to follow a path in politics, I know that there are other useful applications for these abilities. Working together with others and taking charge when needed is a part of life that can constantly challenge people. I hope that the scholars program will provide me with the opportunity to further develop my leadership skills.
  • Service Engagement: I hope that I will also be able to provide my assistance outside the classroom to different services that may require some help. While I’m not sure which program(s) I want to help yet, the big one that comes to mind is buckeyethon.


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Federalist Paper Style Essay:

The first thing that jumps out at me with the question is the “fair” House distribution. What would be considered “fair?” Would it be fair to give the territories representation in the House when they aren’t states? Is it fair to give Washington that type of representation when it is not considered a state? In terms of the state by state basis, the best way to make the playing field “fair” or even would be to assign a certain number to a representative. For example, for every 500,000 people, one representative. That would solve the issue seen in Wyoming mentioned in the question. The current rules state, “The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each state shall have at least one Representative.” So create a number larger than 30,000 and apply that to a single member of the house. I don’t know enough about the intricacies of territories to make a stand regarding the representation, or rather lack of representation given to the territories. It seems unfair to Puerto Rico, as more than 3 million citizens live there.  The same can be said for Washington. However, there is an argument to be made that Washington DC itself was set up the way it was to avoid it. It wasn’t placed in any states, and continues to be a federal district, not a state. It may be easier to redistrict DC itself to just encompass the government, and give representation to the citizens through Virginia or Maryland.

About Me

Hello, my name is Roc LoBello, and I am from North Royalton Ohio, located about 20 minutes from Cleveland. I am currently planning on majoring in psychology and possibly adding a minor in either criminology or criminal justice. I like to believe that my academic interests vary pretty broadly, as I have enjoyed classes that talk about Political Science and Government, while at the same time loving the myths of the Greeks and Romans. I also have a huge interest in music, and I regret not taking a the music theory class offered at my high school, as it would have been a great opportunity to learn about something new and interesting. I’m not sure that there is too much that separates me from the average person. The biggest stand-out to me was my extended commitment to my schools band. I’ve played an instrument every year since 4th grade, and switched to percussion (my permanent home) in 5th. I even got the opportunity to be the section leader of my schools front ensemble last year, where we won best percussion in Class AA at one of our contests. Another interest of mine can be found in sports. I even found a way to work that interest into my summer job, as a state certified baseball official.