Bug Field Research

Through Biological Scholars I was able to embark on my first trip for a bug field research. Our objective was to collect little black bugs in an Ohio gorge for Dr. Chordas Field Research. It gave me the opportunity to see a bit more of the hands on aspect of a research experiment. Although, I personally did not have much success collecting the little black bugs, I was still able to learn more about them and Dr. Chordas work. Furthermore, I was able to successfully help another student capture a grasshopper for his work as well. This opportunity gave me an insight to other fields within biology, conquer my fear of bugs, experience research outside the lab, and meet new people.

First Midterm Exam

My artifact is my first college midterm exam from my College Algebra 1148 class. I prepared a lot for this exam, but due to my inexperience with taking time tests I did not finish in time. Afterwards, I was nervous about the results. I knew I didn’t do horrible, yet I was unsatisfied knowing I could’ve done better had I at least finished my exam. Nonetheless I was able to get an 87 which is equivalent to an A- in this course. I’m happy with this grade, but I am not completely satisfied. In the future I want to feel confident when I finish my exam and I want to know that I gave it my best shot. More than anything I want to finish all my future exams, so that no matter what I am able to at least attempt to gain points with ever question and/or problem. I need to challenge myself not only while taking my exam, but when I am preparing for it as well. From now on when I take practice exams I’m going to continue to ensure I understand all the material covered, and I am going to time myself in the appropriate manner to my future exam. Although I had a decent exam outcome, my first midterm is personal reminder to challenge and time myself, while preparing for exams. Thus, I can excel in my classes and advance towards a successful college career.

After My First Semester at OSU

Before starting at OSU, I already decided that I wanted to be a pre-med student with a double major in Biology and Spanish, and I also knew that academically this could potentially be challenging. I was just determined to work hard to achieve a good GPA and MCAT score. Although, I was unaware of all the other requirements that were needed to fulfill this goal. I was ignorant of the amount of volunteer hours, research skills, shadowing experience, and internship knowledge that would eventually be required to be considered for a competing spot in Ohio State University’s Medical school program as well as the required phenomenal GPA and MCAT score. Quickly, I felt overwhelmed after discovering other student’s previous experience with research and shadowing in high school. Furthermore, I became worried about my ability to fulfill all my credit hours for both majors due to starting my first year with only 15 credit hours.

However, my advisors, Biological Scholars Sciences Scholars peers, and upperclassmen BioSci students helped calm these fears. The Scholars program opened me up to any opportunities and programs to not only volunteer in short-term currently, but long-term future opportunities such as hospitals to volunteer at, interesting fields of research, and resources and people who were willing to help prepare me for difficult courses and inform me of strategies to succeed. I was also introduced to various study abroad programs that could help fulfill my passion to learn about new cultures and gain more more credit hours towards my Spanish major.

I am and will continue to be a determined and goal oriented student. Nonetheless, this Biological Scholars program has given me plenty of resources and introduced me to so many people that can help me complete these goals. I believe the main takeaway from my first semester at OSU is that before I was nervous about the challenges I would face in achieving my goals, however, now I am excited to face new challenges to better me as a student. Now, I am excited to take Chemistry my second semester, knowing that if I do struggle I have plenty of resources through tutoring and through my many peers who are willing to help me while I take that course. Now, I am persistently applying to various hospitals that align with my volunteer interests. Now, instead of being terrified of finding and participating in research (as I was at the start of the semester) I am excited to apply for some research labs in the future that align with my future career and I know how to do so.

This first semester for me wasn’t about learning to be more independent, improving my leadership skills, bettering my study habits, or figuring out who I am as a young adult. For me this first semester was about growing/changing my perspective and approach when striving to reach my goals of graduating with my double major and getting into a phenomenal Medical School (Preferably Ohio State). This first semester has reignited my passion for taking on new challenges and getting rid of my fear new obstacles. I am excited to continue growing as a young adult, a college student, and a future Doctor.


Global Awareness: I hope to gain a better understanding of others diverse cultures through studying abroad and reading more about the lives of people in other cultures through their perspective. I studied abroad in high school for two weeks and was involved win an Immersion program in which we discussed issues within Latin American cultures. I hope to study abroad in Spain again, in a new part during one summer while here at OSU.

Original Inquiry: I want to get involved with research programs, and get hands on experience. I’m not completely sure what research I want to get involved in. I just know I want to do it within my sophomore year. I also want to shadow at hospital, and gain more knowledge of what working in a hospital will actually be like. Through original inquiry I hope to gain better knowledge of the scientific process and the functions within a hospital.

Academic Enrichment: OSU is the prefect place for me to gain academic enrichment. I am doubling majoring in Spanish and Biology with pre-med. I believe that crunching the classes and a rigorous routine will allow me to flourish in knowledge and eventually I will be able to combine my two majors to help people.

Leadership Development: I am beginning to redevelop my leadership roles on campus. I am currently in a PASS program and I hope to be a mentor next semester. I am also involved with a student led Ladies of Leadership program in which I am currently a mentee. Next year I hope to become a mentor and help freshmen get better acquainted with the campus.

Service Engagement: I’m really passionate about getting involved with volunteering at a hospital within Columbus.


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About Me

I’m Lou! I’m a Freshman at OSU. I am a Biological Scholars student. I am double majoring in Biology and Spanish with pre-med intent. I’m a sports fanatic, but I mostly play basketball and soccer. I enjoy messing around on my ukulele and guitars. I’m outgoing and talkative, and I love meeting new people. I have a passion for about learning new cultures. I’m also a sugar addict with no desire to change my ways.