My e-porfolio will allow you to get to know me better with information about my background and my future goals. I will be posting on this site throughout my college career about experiences that I gather in the coming 4 years. For now, you could go to the About Me section to learn about my passions and interests and to the Artifacts page to learn about an object that is valuable to me. Thank you and stay tuned!
The G.O.A.L.S. of the Honors & Scholars program are 5 different categories where its students strive to showcase and excel in.
G stands for Global Awareness which is an appreciation for diversity and respect for each individual’s unique differences. Students work on this category by taking classes with an international focus or by going abroad to study, volunteer, or research. I have been showcasing global awareness in high school by being an officer for the model united nations club and teaching the novices about how to debate international issues. I plan to continue working on my global awareness by studying abroad and volunteering abroad at some point in college. I will also actively try to learn about different cultures by interacting and meeting people that have unique differences.
O stands for Original Inquiry which is the result of a student’s curiosity and has the students engaging in the research process by doing anywhere from in-class projects to independent endeavors in research labs across campus. To work on this category, I am currently a part of Dr. Randy Nelson’s circadian rhythms and sleep lab working on pancreatic cancer and how light exposure affects it. I plan to continue researching in the same lab for the next 4 years and to make the most out of it by making and presenting posters, going conferences, and publishing papers.
A stands for Academic Enrichment which is shown through the student’s academic excellence with a rigorous in class and outside class curriculum. I have already shown this by taking the most challenging classes during my four years of high school and maintaining a 4.0+ GPA. Furthermore, I engaged myself in clubs and competitions outside the coursework assigned to me. I am currently taking 18 credit hours and continue to do extracurricular outside of the classroom such as clubs, research, and volunteering. I will also be taking 18 credit hours next semester to continue to challenge myself.
L stands for Leadership Development which is the student’s ability to develop leadership skills and to showcase them both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. I have shown this by being at the top of all my classes and by actively helping my peers do better. Furthermore, I was the officer of the Model United Nations club in my high school. Currently, I am the outreach and communication lead for a volunteer and cultural organization on campus called Hindu Yuva and I recently got accepted as a Honors & Scholars ambassador. I will continue to apply for executive board positions in clubs, so that I could gain more leadership experience that will allow me to be more successful in the future.
S stands for Service Engagement which is the student’s willingness to help his own community without seeking anything back in return. I have been volunteering at the Riverside Methodist Hospital and the Martha Morehouse, helping guests and nurses around the hospital. I am also training to be a part of the American Red Cross First Aid Services Team, which is another great clinical volunteering opportunity. I also actively look for non-clinical volunteer activities and try to vary what I do. I will continue doing these activities for the remainder of the college, and I will also look for volunteer abroad opportunities that can combine both the Global Awareness and Service Engagement goals.
It is not so much the pen itself that is the artifact, but the person who gave it and the act of giving it.
I am part of an organization for Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), a volunteer non-profit, non-governmental organization that is one of the biggest in the world. We deal with problems ranging from all over the social sphere from poverty, natural disasters, environmental problems and minority rights. Because it is such a big organization involved in many things, we require a lot of volunteers, not only part-time, but full time as well. Therefore, we have full-time volunteers that have left their families and their personal goals and desires to work for the greater good. One such volunteer, who I cannot name, is an international supervisor, so he travels the world, helping conduct activities for the different social issues we work for. I have known him ever since I have been 7-8 years old and he has seen me grow up. Throughout my life, he stood as inspiration for me, as the epitome of discipline, leadership, and sacrifice. He has dedicated his life to make the world a better place and is compete fine with not receiving any recognition or credit for his work. For many people, he doesn’t have much, but for him, he has more than what he needs. The members of HSS are family to him and doing what he does makes him happy, and he insists that he needs nothing more. I can still not forget the day he gave me that pen. For many, including him, it was just a pen, but for me, it is much more than just that, simply because he is the one that gave it to me. Whenever I write with I am constantly reminded of him and his character. It serves me as a reminder to constantly fight for what I believe in and to continuously strive to be a better version of my self for the sake of societal help. Its presence suggests that I am working for a cause much greater than myself and that I have to seek a greater cause in everything that I do. It reminds to stay motivated and passionate about the things I love. It might not be the best pen out there, but it has far exceeded its job of being just a pen, and it will continue to do so throughout my entire life.
Praneethkumar (Praneeth) Madhu is a freshmen at the Ohio State University, majoring in neuroscience, and is a part of the Biological Sciences Scholars program. Praneeth loves to try out new things and meet new people.
In High School, he participated in many clubs and extracurricular activities such as Speech and Debate, Key Club, Science Olympiad, Chess Club, and was an officer for the Model United Nations club. As an officer, his duties included the training of the underclassmen and the organization of travel to conferences in Ohio and in other states. He was also very involved in social work, volunteering at Riverside Methodist Hospital, and the Center of Science and Industry. With a few of his friends, he also started a cancer fundraiser called Campaign for Colon Cancer Research (3CR) to help the research efforts at the James Cancer Center. Furthermore, he is an active member of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, one of the largest non-profit, non-governmental organizations in the world that contributes to all aspects of society through awareness and volunteerism. Through these different endeavors, Praneeth has gained a lot of leadership experience and confidence that he hopes to carry throughout his college career. Understanding how important such experiences are, he will continue to search for learning opportunities in college. Joining the Biological Sciences Scholars Program was a way for him to find new doors to different organizations and challenges that he can join and take up. He joined the program to connect with people, find new opportunities, and develop essential skills such as leadership, communication, and time management.
Praneeth is also an avid thinker and enjoys philosophical and theoretical topics all the way from consciousness in plants to the existence of a universal force. He is also currently writing a book called “7” that discusses his opinions through such topics in an interesting story line.
After his undergraduate studies, Praneeth is hoping to go onto medical school to become a neurosurgeon and create a lasting impact on the world.