As my second artifact, I chose this photo taken during the Fall retreat. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the first night of retreat due to academic commitments. My pass/fail standing in chemistry was dependent upon my performance on the third midterm and there was a very important review session during the first night of Fall Retreat. I was faced with a tough decision of staying back to study, or going to retreat to have fun and form connections with my fellow Mounties. I felt conflicted because I had been looking forward to retreat since I first heard about it. I chose to stay back because school comes before everything for me, but I was able to find transportation with some other Mounties who had to stay back that night; We arrived at Camp Akita early the following morning. We were still able to take part in activities and I still love my experience in this Scholars community. Another positive side: I was able to earn an A on my chemistry midterm. I chose this photo because it represents that I will face difficult choices in life, but compromises can be made and everything works out in the end.
When deciding which college I would ultimately attend, athletics and school spirit was a large component. I grew up watching Ohio State games, so I was ecstatic to be attending football games at The Shoe. I had gone to all the games this year, but Penn State was very special because the experience I gained was unlike any other game. For my second artifact, I chose a photo of my friends and I during the OSU vs Penn State game. Although the game had a rough start, I had a lot of fun with my fellow Mounties. From screaming at the plays, the unbelievable comeback in the fourth quarter, rushing the field, to singing Carmen Ohio, we can all unanimously agree that this was the best game thus far. Although, I got a cold, lost my voice for a full week, and fell down the bleachers, I would do it all over again because it was worth it. Best of all, I got to go through all of this with my fellow Mounties. This is why I chose a photo from the Penn State game as my second artifact.
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My culture and ethnic background has always been a part of my life, but it has never been at the forefront. I was born and raised in a predominately white, suburban city with very limited diversity. This has caused me to grow very distant from my Vietnamese background, and in a way, reject it. This is something that I have made a conscious effort to change during my college experience. My older cousins were both heavily involved in the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at their school and it gave them the foundation for many of their lifelong friends. When I came to OSU, I knew that I wanted to get involved in VSA and I have thoroughly enjoyed it thus far. For my first artifact, I chose an áo dài, which is a traditional dress representative of Vietnamese culture. Since joining VSA, I have been motivated to speak more Vietnamese when talking to my parents. Through doing this, I already feel more connected to them and my grandparents. The áo dái reminds me of when I was younger and would travel to Vietnam to celebrate the new year. Now, it reminds me of my roots and why I should try to stay connected to them. This is why I chose an áo dài as my first artifact.
My name is Kait Nguyen and I am a first year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am majoring in neuroscience on a pre-med path and I am also part of Mount Leadership Scholars. In high school, I was very involved in community service and held various leadership positions. I was especially passionate about helping those with mental and/or physical disabilities. As a volunteer swim coach, I was provided with the opportunity to teach elementary age kids with disabilities how to swim. Throughout my time at Ohio State University, I hope to remain involved in service, get involved in student government, and broaden my cultural experiences. I I also have a desire to travel abroad and perform volunteer work in third world countries. When not in class, I enjoy painting, music, running, and spending time with friends.
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The GOALS created by the honors college are a great outline of ways I should get involved while studying at Ohio State. Through global awareness, I can become more well versed and prepared to communicate with people from all walks of life. The ESHESA class taken with Mount Leadership stresses the importance of being culturally competent and regulating your voice. With original inquiry, I am now in an executive board position with VSA and it has motivated me to think creatively through getting involved with different traditional dance styles, fundraising ideas, and it has brought me more in touch with my parent’s history. With academic enrichment, I am taking classes that directly pertain to my major and they inspire me to think beyond the scope of the classroom. The class encourages students to look at peer review journals that contain content that is not directly covered in lecture. In leadership development, I have taken on the position of Philanthropy Chair in VSA and Media and Archive Co-Chair in Mount. These positions teach me how to collaborate with others and provide a stepping stone to future roles I may have. In service engagement, I will be volunteering at the Karl Road Homework Help Center for ESHESA and Mount. This service-learning allows me to serve alongside the individuals at the Homework Help center and learn from them as well.