Year in Review

My first semester at Ohio State was a bit different that I had pictured it would be. It took some time to adjust to the way my professors taught and the way my classes were structured. My Chemistry class was taught as a “flipped classroom,” and I realized that I was a bit unprepared for that. I soon learned that going to office hours and studying with other people in your classes really helps. Outside of classes, being a part of Biology Scholars has really placed me in a great community of people who are interested in many of the same things as me. I have made so many great friendships that I know will last with people who I know I can depend on.


[ “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 information, go to: 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.]


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As a biology major on a premed track, I am excited about all the great opportunities that I have to learn more about medicine. Before I started my education at The Ohio State University, I spent a summer volunteering at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. I was able to work in many different parts of the hospital, the most important to me being the Pediatric Wing. I spent my days transporting patients from room to room and delivering medication, but I also was able to just entertain and play with the kids. That summer I finally realized what I really wanted to do; I had always been interested in surgery, but now I knew that I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon. High hopes I know, but it really is what I want to do.

One of the many highlights of my freshman year at OSU was a small tour and presentation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Just seeing the place made me excited for what I could potentially be doing in my future. Our presentation included learning about newly developed treatments for diseases and many ongoing research projects which for the first time caught my interest as I was never a fan of the idea of research. This experience made me even more confident about my plan for my future.

In the future, I am hoping to start working at Ohio State’s campus hospital and getting even more involved in medicine.


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These shoes represent my dance career which began when I was only two years old. I have been dancing ever since and even recently joined the team here at Ohio State. I met some of my greatest friends through dance and learned a lot about teamwork and commitment. Also, most of the traveling I’ve done in my life was because of dance; so because of dance competitions, I was able to see Canada, Nashville, Ireland, Philadelphia, California, Florida, and other amazing places. Irish dance is something that has defined me much more than I expected it to. It symbolizes my dedication, determination, and focus throughout the years. Dance will always be a part of my life.

About Me


My name is Meghan McErlean. I’m from Park Ridge, Illinois, a small suburb Northwest of Chicago. I senior year picam majoring in Biology and am a part of the Biological Science Scholars program at OSU.

In highschool, I was involved in Chinese club which I plan to take here at Ohio State. I also played volleyball from 4th grade through my sophomore year, track and field all through high school, and I have been Irish dancing since I was two and plan to join the team at OSU.

I have always been interested in science and the medical field. Through a volunteering program I was involved in last summer at Loyola hospital in Chicago, I became even more sure that I wanted to study medicine. I hope to learn more about what I wish to do with my future here at Ohio State.

I joined the Biological Science Scholars program because I thought it’d be really great to spend time with people who were taking the same classes and have similar interests as me. I love the way the Scholars program has so many activities and volunteer opportunities to really get students involved and shape a community. I know I’ll make many great friends through the program.