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Campus Resource Post

Yes, every campus has support, but when someone says campus resource, they think about academic support. This could be tutoring, seeing an advisor about a class, or going to some sort of seminar regarding the class. However, not all campus resources are academic. Some resources can assist with mental health, career choices, or multicultural issues. At The Ohio State University, there are a ton of different resources for the students attending to take advantage of. Two examples are the Career Counseling and Support Services and the Counseling and Consultation Services, both of which are located in the Younkin Success Center.

Everyone in college eventually thinks about whether or not they are going into the right field and as of late, I have had my doubts. As of a week before writing this post, I had tried to make an appointment with the Career Counseling and Support Services, however, they were all booked up for the week. This being the case, I tried to go to their walk-in hours, but when I asked the lady behind the reception counter, she informed my that they were all booked up for the day. I was unable to book a time for the Career Counseling and Support Services, which made me think. What does it mean that the service was completely booked?

Some may take the fact that the career counseling service was all booked up as a bad sign. Wondering why so many people are convincing themselves that they are on the wrong career path. Yes, this can be thought of as a bad thing, but I believe that this is a good thing. It shows that these students aren’t scared to ask for help and counseling for their doubts. It makes me think that my fellow peers know that they are not alone here.

It is also very good to know that there is the Counseling and Consultation Services on campus for anyone and everyone to use. It is also very nice that it is free for any student attending the university, especially knowing how tight money can be for students attending a university. Another thing great about the Counseling and Consultation Services is that they have group settings, which allow students to talk to one another about their issues and feel more involved with their peers instead of simply speaking to a therapist.

In conclusion, yes, I would have been happy going to the Career Counseling and Support Services for a talk about my future, but I feel as though not being able to have a meeting with them because of their unavailability sparked some valuable thought processes. It made me think that even though a lot of people are possibly thinking about changing their career paths or simply trying to plan their future better, they are seeking help and not just trying to get by on their own. Even the Counseling and Consultation Services are such a help to those college students who are overwhelmed with everything that comes with college life. The Ohio State University truly does want the best for it’s students.

Society of Physics Students (SPS) – Student Organization Post

On Tuesday, September 10th, I entered the doors of the Alpheus Smith Laboratory building. I walked through the hallways, searching for lecture hall 1005, the meeting place for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) student organization. As I entered the room, I saw a line of people waiting to get their fair portion of pizza. After getting in line and grabbing some food, I promptly sat down in the back and waited for the presentation to start. As the speaker walked to the front, I got a little more excited to learn about Quantum Key Distribution, the topic of the seminar. I knew nothing about Quantum Key Distribution before the seminar begun, and no, I don’t remember a lot of the topic because of how in depth and complicated it is, but I had fun and enjoyed experiencing the club environment and did learn a little bit about the topic at hand. Overall, my first college student organization experience was a success.

Like I mentioned in my About Me page, I had been involved in quite a few clubs and student organizations while in high school. Even though this is true, I was still apprehensive about joining a club during my first year of college. I believed this up until I finally joined the Society of Physics Students and talked to some other friends about the clubs that they are in. I finally realized how important it is to get involved with other students.

Joining a club or organization isn’t just about meeting new people, but about finding a sense of belonging. I have always had trouble finding a place to be myself and feel like I belong and, honestly, being in a student organization truly helps. It helps makes going to such a large campus as The Ohio State University feel small. It allows for the students who would normally keep to themselves most of the time to go out with a small group of people with the same interests as them. It would allow them to meet new people and become a more open and outgoing person.

There are over 1,300 student organizations at The Ohio State University. This provides a very large range of different possibilities for students to get involved with others. Not only does it help give students a sense of belonging, it can create lifelong friendships and provide a lot of personal growth. Also, research suggests that students that are involved in student organizations are more likely to perform better academically than their peers that are not involved in any student organizations. Another great thing is that if The Ohio State University does not already have the specific student organization that you are looking for, then you can start your own student organization.

In conclusion, joining a student organization is truly a fantastic idea, especially in one’s first year in college. It allows one to found new friendships and opens many opportunities for one outside of the classroom. Whether it be an academic club, some sort of inter mural sport, or an organization that is just for fun, it is well worth the time and effort to find and join one.

Getting Tutored in French – Academic Support Post

On September 10, 2019 at around 10:15 in the morning, I went to Hagerty Hall (shown below) to seek assistance from a French tutor. I entered the building and proceeded up the stairs to find room 308. As I entered the room, I saw a lady sitting at the far end of the empty room. After some introductions, I learned that her name was Maud. She is a native French speaker and teaches French here at OSU. Soon after, she began to help me with my problems in the subject. Not long after that, Maud had already helped me immensely. All of this said, when I left, I knew that I wasn’t hopeless in French. I was immensely grateful when we had said our goodbyes and felt much more at peace with my French studies.

After going to this tutoring session, I believe that I would enjoy tutoring. In my case, I would probably have the most success tutoring fellow students in Calculus or Physics. Tutoring people would also help me prepare for my future career path as well. Since I want to become a professor at an institution like this one, I would be able to practice helping and teaching people complex concepts.

Although I am very happy that I went, something was itching at the back of my mind the entire time. Why was nobody else seeking help with the tutor? I had expected there to be at least a few people in the room being helped. So why was nobody in the room but the tutor? I believe that people are afraid to seek help. They don’t want to feel vulnerable and open to help. Of course, all of these are just theories as to why nobody was in the French tutoring room, but if the other tutor rooms look the same, then these theories are quite plausible.

As for the people who don’t go to tutoring because they are self-conscious about looking stupid or being embarrassed, I get it. I don’t enjoy asking for help. I never have and probably never will want to ask for help, but sometimes it is necessary. Anyone attending a university knows how much money they are paying to go to school. Why would people suffer in their classes and not seek help? They paid a large sum of money to go to their school of choice and won’t even attempt to do better in their classes.

In summary, tutoring truly is an amazing part of this institution and every institution around the country. My experience with getting tutored in French was a great experience and expanded my knowledge in the subjects discussed. After this wonderful experience, the idea of tutoring fellow students may be in my future. People need to seek help when they don’t understand or comprehend their classes. Especially if these classes are in the field of their future degree. I cannot stress enough how important seeking help is. If anyone reading this post feels embarrassed about getting help in any subject; don’t. Everyone has trouble in one subject or another. It is natural to get help.

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.]

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

Hello, my name is Alexander Maag. I am a first year STEM EE Scholar and student at The Ohio State University. My goal is to major in Physics with a possible future minor in French during my undergraduate years at OSU. I also plan to earn a PHD in physics in order to become a professor at an institution while doing research. I was born in Kingsport, Tennessee and moved to a small town called Schoolcraft, Michigan before I can remember. During the middle of second grade, my family had to move to Oregon, Ohio due to job cuts at my father’s previous job. I attended Clay High School of Oregon City Schools. I participated in Limelighters (our theatre program), concert band, marching band, and was an officer of the National Honor Society program. I had learned so much from all the faculty, staff, and students from Clay High, but I was ready to move on to bigger things.

Like mentioned above, I was involved in a handful of programs while in High School. During my time while involved with the theatre group, Limelighters, I was known for my roles as Mr. Welch in It’s a Wonderful Life, Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, and, lastly, Big Jules in Guys and Dolls. I also helped behind the scenes in sound tech for a few shows. These shows were South Pacific, Tarzan, Charlotte’s Web, and Little Women.

I also played in the Clay High School marching band and concert band. I had played the alto saxophone since the 6th grade. However, this is not the beginning of my musical career. I had played the clarinet for a year prior to the saxophone due to the requirements to play saxophone in the middle school band. I also took piano lessons since the 1st grade up until high school, so I had a pretty good understanding of music before joining both school’s bands.

Lastly, I was the Vice President of Operations for our high school’s National Honor Society program. This role included updating and accounting for every member’s volunteer hours and working alongside the other 3 Vice Presidents and the President of the program.

Ever since I was very young, I have had an interest in how everything works in the universe. I’ve always been curious on how everything started, and how everything will come to an end. I have always been open to new ideas and will never turn away from a new perspective on a concept. I plan on getting my PHD in physics and become a professor at an institution much like the one I am at now. I have always wanted to conduct research, but I always had the urge to teach people. These two goals pretty much define what becoming a professor will allow me to do.

I am very excited for the upcoming years of my life: meeting new people, learning new things, and becoming a more well-rounded person. I am very happy with the school I chose to attend and look forward to pursuing everything that comes my way.