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: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


For this assignment I want to not choose a category and instead go to three completely different places and experience three different things. I am looking forward to going out and exploring Columbus because I am not that familiar with the city or attractions that it has to offer. I want to experience a fun restaurant or food experience, some sort of fair or city event, and a trip to the zoo because I love the zoo! My first experience was a trip to the Zoo which was awesome. Me and my girlfriend went when she came down to spend the weekend with me and it was a lot of fun. We went to all the major continent themed areas and actually saw the majority of the zoo in just a few hours. We had walking tacos for lunch and they were surprisingly good. the coolest animals we saw were the polar bears which were swimming and fishing right above us, the kangaroos because we got to walk into their fenced in area and they were hopping right by us, this giant Chinese pheasant, and the giraffes and elephants because they’re just the coolest animals at the zoo.  It was nice to get off campus for the afternoon and it was perfect weather for a zoo excursion. I would defiantly recommend the zoo for anyone who loves animals and wants to have a fun day while seeing some cool creatures! Here is a picture of me and my girlfriend at the front of the zoo.


For my second experience I went to Jenny’s Ice Cream in the Short North. I was surprised at just how many flavors they had so it took my awhile to decide but I finally settled on the brambleberry which was amazing. I went with my girlfriend and two other friends from high school so we had a great time hanging out and catching up. I also enjoyed their lemon water which was free. I would defiantly go back and have already recommended to a few friends as is totally worth the price.



This past weekend I went downtown to a restaurant called Little Palace. I found it on yelp and I decided it would be a nice place to take my girlfriend when she came down to visit. When we got inside it was very nice and quaint. Although it was decently loud as they had a large bar, the tables were candlelit and it was a pretty romantic atmosphere. We ordered a large Stromboli to split and each ordered a slider. The name comes from these sliders or “little” sandwiches. Both were extremely tasty and I recommended this restaurant to my roommate who is a restaurant connoisseur.


Overall I think that my favorite experience was going to the Zoo, however for student without access to a car this may be a much more expensive trip. I would recommend that others completing this assignment get out of the short north and explore the restaurants such as Little Palace which are located in downtown Columbus. I learned that Columbus is an extremely diverse place. Until I really got out and saw for myself I didn’t really understand what this meant but I am very happy that this assignment gave me the initiative to make time to have fun and explore Columbus. I think due to my love of food I will continue to eat at a new place at least every other weekend.


My group decided to go to Trism which is located just south of campus on high street. We went during HES class time because this was the only time we could all meet and not have conflicts. We all go smoothies and although they were expensive they were extremely good. I got a banana, strawberry, pineapple smoothie with protein which hit the spot after a workout at the North Rec. We had fun socializing and it was nice to take a break before heading to my next class. I would probably not recommend it to a friend because it was expensive and lots of people are on college budgets, but if that was not a concern it was totally worth it.


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Artifact 1: 1977 CJ7

This jeep was my fathers in high school and it is the car that he picked up my mother on their first date in. When I started driving we brought the car up from my grandparents house and began restoring it. Over the few years I have been driving I have spend hundreds of hours fixing things, painting, and changing little things to make it how I want. Restoring cars is a big hobby of mine as we have a few other projects we are working on, but my jeep is the project that I am in charge of and make all the decisions for on my own. I hope to continue to keep it in good condition and save t for my children to enjoy someday.

Artifact 2: The Shoe

The shoe and the football atmosphere in general represents everything that I love about Ohio State. When I was looking at schools I soon decided I wanted to attend a large school with good sports and lots of school spirit. Ohio state has more resources then anywhere else I have been to and it is clearly shown in their football program as well as their venue. I have been to every home game this year and have had an amazing time at each and every game. The shoe brings together thousands of families, friends, and even rivals. It is a true testament to what it means to be a student at The Ohio State University.

About Me

My name is Brad Mularcik and I am a first year Mechanical Engineering student. I have lived in northeast Ohio for my entire life before coming to Ohio State and so far I really like it here. My hobbies include hunting, snowboarding, auto restoration, aviation, and I have a passion for calculus and physics. At my house we have chickens, pigs, make maple syrup, and are involved with a variety of other activities, so it is very different to move into a more urban atmosphere but so far I like it. I am a member of Army ROTC, the club swim team, and the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars program. I also joined one of the ROTC clubs called Converse Guard so I may be helping to raise the flag at one or more football games this year. As far as my personality goes I am very direct, friendly, and I love making new friends which is one of the best parts about being here. I am an Eagle Scout so I enjoy being a leader and having my voice valued, another reason I want to become an Army Officer. I hope to get internships over the summer and eventually get a job working for a company developing or designing new products. I am very interested in the automotive industry, but I hope as I get exposed to more companies and ideas over the next four years I will find something that I am very passionate about and will be able to enjoy for the rest of my life.

Top 5 Strengths:

  1. Self Assurance-I think this is an important strength but not necessarily what I would have at first considered to be my greatest strength. I am however, glad that I have a lot of self confidence because I do not worry about a lot of stuff and that only helps me preform better.
  2. Significance-I never really thought about significance being super important to me, but I do enjoy being the center of attention and having people pay attention to me.
  3. Command-This is what I expected to be my number one strength. I love being in charge and telling other people what to do. I am an Eagle Scout and now with ROTC I am training to lead forty soldiers into combat.
  4. Competition-I am a very competitive person and love playing sports or other physically challenging activities. I believe there should always be a winner and a loser or else there is no motivation to preform well and be successful.
  5. Strategic-I do see myself as a very strategic person as I always choose efficient ways of doing things. I also am good at predicting what others will do and this allows me to proceed in a way that manipulates or persuades them into the place that puts me where I want to be.