Career

As of today, I am set on pursuing a career in Mechanical Engineering. As I further my education and start to gain more work related experience, my career options might change. I chose Mechanical Engineering over other fields of engineering because of how broad the topic is. Mechanical Engineering provides me with many disciplines to focus my studies towards as I progress in my college career. The RAISEC code was a little surprising to me. My code was SEI.  1) Social  2) Enterprising  3) Investigative  I learned I have a little more skills in the business side of engineering than I thought. After thinking about my results, they started to make more sense. I have always enjoyed working on team projects and always found myself falling into leadership positions in groups and clubs that I spend a lot of time with. In high school, I was the band vice president for our marching band of 309 members. In my first month of being at OSU I was the new leader for the agriculture committee in Engineers Without Borders. Project management, problem solving, and working with a team have always been favorite tasks in school.

Some of the careers O*Net recommended for my code are patient representative, post secondary teacher, and community health worker. While none of these careers appear to align with my current career plans, there are some similarities. All of these careers, including mechanical engineering, involve working with people to solve problems that help others. Engineering did not show up on in my code’s results. However, I think seeing these other career options have made me think about what I really want out of an engineering degree. Yes, I enjoy math and science. I enjoy problem solving, but I will feel complete in my career if I have a strong social aspect and room to grow. As I dive deeper into my major I will consider looking towards a business or consulting minor or possibly come back to school for my MBA. These test results helped me see that I enjoy the connection between business and engineering more than just the math and science behind how things work. For now, I plan to continue my involvement with Engineers Without Borders. I will also start a search for other clubs that can help me get a taste for the business side of engineering. I have heard about a club called, IRIS, that combines problem solving and consulting that I want to look into more.

Artifacts

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About Me

Hello! My name is Evan Luikart. I am a first year undergraduate student pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering. I am a member of the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) scholars group on campus. ENR scholars is a living, learning, and service based community that focuses on the environment and sustainable living here at Ohio State. Along with ENR, I am the Agriculture Committee leader for Engineers Without Borders. This student led organization focuses on solving problems for third world countries. Our current project is designing and constructing a community garden and irrigation system for a small town in The Gambia (West Africa). We are working with the community to build a more sustainable source of nutritionally dense foods. We are also providing further education about maintaining the garden and general hygiene practices to help make the town a healthier place to live.

When I’m not in class, I enjoy playing sports, being outside, and cheering on the Cleveland Indians. Some of my favorite outdoor activities are hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and baseball. I am also a new member of the club dodgeball team for Ohio State. We compete against other schools around the country. Being involved in these activities allows me to relax between study sessions and meet an incredible amount of new people with different backgrounds.

As a new student, I still have many opportunities ahead of me. I am looking forward to make the most of the experiences and knowledge the next four years at Ohio State will provide.

Year in Review

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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.]