For my Explore Columbus assignment, my peer group and I decided to go to Northstar, a trendy restaurant in the Short North which has a few other locations throughout the city. Everyone in my peer group is from the Columbus area, so we are pretty familiar with the area, so we used the opportunity to just catch up with each other and take a break from homework to do something fun. My favorite part about the experience overall was getting food outside the monotony of campus dining (the Northstar veggie burger is a tried and true classic and delicious!). On the COTA bus journey to the Short North we got caught up talking and missed the stop closest to the restaurant, so we got to walk around the area a bit to discover more shops and restaurants that we could go to next time. I discovered the Short North is not as far as it seems, and shortly after my Northstar experience, my roommate and I actually walked there to burn off the calories we were going to eat with all the good food there is to offer there!
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The artifact I chose is my vast assortment of teabags and the relevant paraphernalia. For me, drinking a cup of tea is an activity that can apply to every situation. If I’m sick (with the OSU “plague”), I drink echinacea tea. When I’m up late studying in the winter, I like to brew a cup of chai tea, and I can never start a morning without a hot cup of green tea. Tea is a way for me to keep my health in check as well, and I always feel better after drinking a cup of ginger-turmeric at night! I also use my time spent drinking tea as a time spent checking in with myself; whatever has been bothering me that day, I let myself reflect on it (almost like meditation!).
Hello! My name is Abby Nichter and I’m a First-Year student at Ohio State from Worthington, Ohio. Currently, my intended major is Electrical Engineering with a minor in either Computer Science or Humanitarian Engineering. One major goal during my college experience is to study abroad. Since I’m from the Columbus area, I would love to be able to explore different parts of the world and different cultures. I also plan to get involved in clubs like SWE and be able to build a network of clubs and organizations that will help to support my future career plans and help me grow as a person!
VIA Character Strengths:
As an assignment for HES seminar, we were to take the VIA Character Strengths Assessment, which generated a profile of our strongest character traits in descending order. My personal top character trait is humor, which VIA describes as “seeing the light side.” I agree that this trait is a strength for me, because although I am able to recognize serious implications of different situations, I am often able to make jokes to improve outlook and increase optimism for myself and others. My second strongest trait was love of learning, which I also feel was very accurate and a good balance for my humor trait, and I think a good example is my addiction to Netflix documentaries and docuseries (“Explained” is highly recommended!). This trait is closely related to my fifth strongest trait, curiosity. VIA defines curiosity as “finding subjects and topics fascinating”, whereas love of learning is “mastering new skills.” I find myself implementing both of these traits daily, while taking occasional “breaks” with humor. My third and fourth strongest traits were perspective and leadership, respectively. I often find myself applying these during group project, where I am generally inclined to take leadership roles, which I believe is complemented by having perspective, or “having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself/others.”