Explore Columbus Semester 1!!

As Hanna and I discussed where we would like to go in Columbus, we both thought food sounded like a good option. Hanna has been to a few places around Columbus since her older sister also goes to Ohio State, so we wanted to try something new. We both enjoy the Short North area, and wanted to grab either dessert, lunch, or dinner. Hanna liked the idea of ice cream, so we debated whether we should go to Jeni’s or Simply Rolled since both are more local and in Short North. Since the thrill of having rolled ice cream at least once in your life has not died down, we decided that would be a fun opportunity since Hanna has never eaten rolled ice cream. Later, we realized that there actually is a new Simply Rolled in Cincinnati where we are both from, but this did not stop us. We ended up having to reschedule because both of us procrastinated papers that were due the day after our originally scheduled time. At least we are similar though even if procrastination is bad.

So, a few weeks later, we went to Simply Rolled on a Friday afternoon once we were both out of class. I met Hanna at Smith Steeb. We headed over to the COTA stop on High Street and took the 2 bus straight down to Simply Rolled. Luckily, we were able to go an hour or two after the Veteran’s Day parade ended in Short North, so we had no problems getting there on the COTA. As we rode down the bus, we were able to discuss our classes and major. Since I switched my major to be early childhood education in the middle of last year, we have classes overlapping so it was nice to compare teachers and which classes we are taking versus which ones we have left. Since I went to Simply Rolled last year, they have changed some of the menu, so it was nice to see the new options. The people before us in line got these huge cotton candy burritos. They contained cotton candy rolled ice cream with sprinkles, fruity pebbles, and marshmallows. Then it was all rolled in a cotton candy burrito. They were crazy to see because they were so big that Hanna and I were amazed someone could eat all of that. Hanna ended up getting the cookie dough rolled ice cream and I got the buckeye. Watching the workers make the rolled ice cream is still memorizing to me even having seen it before.

As we ate our ice cream, I enjoyed discussing all of our similarities. We talked about more of our big assignments coming up for the rest of the semester. Furthermore, we compared the courses we are taking next semester. We are both in the same math class, so it will be good to know more people in that class in case one of us ever needs help. After discussing classes, we began discussing education and jobs. Hanna is trying to decide what she wants to do over this summer as I know a lot of others are at this point in the year. I enjoyed learning about her past work experiences in babysitting and working at a pool. I even got to hear a story about a mission trip that she has gone on for a few years. She had a near death experience though, so she does not think she will be participating in that one again. For education and early childhood education specifically, it is important that we have lots of experiences working with groups of students not just a few children, so we were thinking about how to incorporate this into our future summer plans since both of us have been nannies in the past.

I also enjoyed learning about other life updates not relating to education or our major. Hanna is going on a trip with the Ohio State Ski Club out west and has been looking forward to it for a while, so it is exciting for that to be coming up soon! I find it really cool that she snowboards because I used to ski and always thought snowboarding would be much harder. We also talked about other random things like going out with friends and good places to eat. I gave her some ideas on how to finish up the volunteer hours for this semester but am excited she was able to complete all of her required ACES event early on in the semester, so she does not have to stress about that as we move into finals. Overall, our explore Columbus was a success and I look forward to learning more about Hanna throughout the rest of the year! I would definitely recommend Simply Rolled to a friend because it is easily accessible, everyone loves ice cream, and have a great environment that allows people to just sit and talk.

Mentor/Mentee First-Semester Interview

This year I have the opportunity to mentor a freshman in the ACES program. Her name is Hanna Lipic and she is an Early Childhood Education major just like me. When I asked her how she decided on this major, we bonded over the fact that we have similar stories. Hanna said that when she was young she loved playing with and working with kids. One of her neighbors used to bring over math problems and Hanna would teach her how to do them on a white board she had in her room. She said she loves when she is able to see students get that “click” in their understanding of a concept. In relation to becoming a teacher, education is very important to her. She said she prefers to study in the afternoon so that her night is free for other activities. She also likes to work ahead and start studying a few days before because it helps her to be able to balance academics and involvement. To study, she likes to review her quizzes and old notes and her dorm is her favorite place to study currently. So far, her most challenging class has been her food science class. It is for a general education requirement and is difficult because it does not relate to her major at all. They talk about what happens to food when it goes in your body and about carbs and proteins.

Related to her major, one of the organizations Hanna plans to get involved with on campus is an education club called OSEA. This club has academic events that involved professional development through speakers in the education field. It also has many social events to allow members of the club to get to know each other. Additionally, Hanna is excited to join the ski team and compete in races during the winter and spring. Furthermore, getting involved with service on campus is important to her because of her background with it. In high school, she led Lions CARE which is an informative club about animals and endangered species. Additionally, she participated in relay for life, took part in a club that makes toys for animals and shelters, and attended many days of service. She does not know what type of service she will get involved with on campus but is excited for the opportunities available.

Service is one of the reasons Hanna joined ACES. She looks forward to the encouragement to get more involved in community service at Ohio State, but does think it may be hard to meet the hours. ACES most directly relates to her major and brings lots of opportunities she would not otherwise receive though academic, service, and social events. Being able to be a part of the honors and scholars’ program also brings many benefits.

Similarly, ACES will help her in her career. Hanna plans to enter the workforce right after graduation and become a teacher. She said she would love to go back to Cincinnati and teach in Lakota Local Schools, which is the school district she grew up in. When I asked her what grade she likes the most, she said that she has always loved second grade. After she gains experience as a teacher, she would love to become a principal at an elementary school but thinks it is important to be a teacher first. In case her plan does not work, she said she might like to be the director of a fitness center or daycare. She worked as a swim instructor over the summer and really enjoyed that, so this could be a type of extension off of that.

So far at Ohio State she has learned how important it is to find a close group of friends. Her older sister goes here too and one of the pieces of advice she gave Hanna to make the university feel smaller was to have a close group of friends. Hanna has found that to be true in the first few weeks of school. Additionally, she was surprised by how easy it is to get around campus. She noted that at first Ohio State felt huge, but it no longer does.

I am excited about all I learned about Hanna in the interview and for what is to come as I get to know her even better over the year. It is helpful to know the class she is struggling in and what she is worried about with ACES. This will be able to help me check to see if she needs any assistance in those areas. I know that at first it was hard for me to be able to get all of my service hours, so I will be able to provide her advice. We also take many of the same classes, so I can suggest GEs and be a reference in many of her education classes. Furthermore, I think learning about the areas we relate in including study habits and clubs can me to be there for Hanna whenever needed.

English Primary Source Analysis

In English 1110, we are required to write a research paper for the class. The topic of my class is cities, so as my topic I chose to research cultural tourism as it relates to the city. One of the first assignments to the class was to choose a primary source and then analyze it while relating back to what we want to discuss in our main paper. This analysis challenged me to look at a source in a different way while relating it to a topic I knew very little information about.

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ACES Film Project

Below is the PDF of my ACES film project presentation. For this presentation, myself and three others watched the movie Finding Home which describes the current sex trafficking in Cambodia and the creation of the Ralpha House. The project allowed me to gain further knowledge on many of the problems occurring today and analyze them. I also connected aspects of them to the ACES pillars.

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Getting to Know Erin

Hi, my name is Erin McElroy and I am a first-year pre-education student and in the ACES (Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars) program. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to Sycamore High School. Living in Cincinnati and going to a school that provided many opportunities, I was able to develop and find some of my passions. Throughout junior high and high school, I sung in a choir called the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. I was able to travel to really interesting places in the United States and around the world and develop my love for singing. I also became passionate about working with special needs students. I worked with these students both in clubs and throughout the school day in classes. In high school, I also really enjoyed volunteering and giving back which grew my interest in the scholars program at Ohio State. I have always loved school and been a hardworking and conscientious student. I have also always had a passion for math and science. Until sophomore year, I wanted to be a junior high math teacher. Now, I want to teacher 3rd or 4th grade, so I am majoring in Early Childhood Education. I plan to then get an endorsement in 4th and 5th grade while I also minor in disability studies. Throughout college so far, I have joined OSEA which is a teaching related club. Furthermore, I am a part of Pen Pals where I write to a fifth grader in Columbus City Schools every other week. I am joining a choir second semester and plan to join something to help continue my work with special needs students in the future. I am excited to continue to explore Ohio State and all that it has to offer.

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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


Two of the G.O.A.L.S. that I found very applicable to my life right now are leadership developement and service engagement.

Leadership Development:

Leadership development is important to me because I think being able to be an effective leader is an important life skill. Since I want to be a teacher, it is important for me to be able to lead a classroom of students and have them listen to me. So far at OSU, I am not in any leadership positions in extracurricular activities, however in high school I was. I am currently in a few clubs and hope to gain leadership positions through them. In addition, I applied to be an EHE recruitment leader. Through this opportunity, I would be able to gain leadership in helping get high schoolers to look at OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology. In the classroom, I oftentimes become the leader of group projects. For example, in English 1110, we have a presentation day where everyone in our group has to present their own work and then we have a combined portion. I have been leading to make sure we all know what we are doing in our group. I hope to continue these leadership skills from the classroom to activities and the community.

Service Engagement:

Service engagement is one of the most important aspects to me in my life. I enjoy giving back and think it is very important to help out in the community when you are able to whether through service or donations. I hope to get involved in many different service opportunities at OSU to assist in Columbus. It is important that we go outside of the “campus bubble” and experience other parts of Columbus so we are more aware of our surroundings. This semester, I have gone on four Pay it Forward service trips to a variety of locations. I went on the day of service to a Rivera to clean up trash, then to Methodist homeless resource center with clothing, next to a Habitat for Humanity free store, and finally to the Kroger Food Pantry. Each of these service trips allowed me to help those less fortune get resources they needed to live. I particularly enjoyed the Kroger Food Pantry because I was able to help the people figure out what food their families needed while walking and talking with them about their lives. I hope to volunteer in the future more at the Kroger Food pantry and on other Pay it Forward Service trips. I would also love to volunteer in one of the close by Columbus schools in tutoring kids or helping out with other needs. Wherever I am involved, I plan to continue to volunteer throughout college and into my life after college.


[“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 information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

European History Paper

Below is a paper I wrote for my Modern European History Class. It is about the appeals of Communism in Czechoslovakia and relates to the book Under a Cruel Star which we read as a part of the class. This is the second paper I wrote for this class and it allowed me to grow because before this class I had never written a history paper. I think I am continuously improving to become better at analyzing historical sources and making claims about them.

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