Step Expo (Academic) – November 20th (3:00pm – 4:00pm)

Second Year Transformational Experience Program (a.k.a STEP) is an opportunity for second year students to enhance their success at OSU.  Through interactions with a STEP Faculty Mentor and a small group of peers, participants have the opportunity to engage in a transformational experience across the course of their second year.  Fall semester is focused on community building, goal setting, personal growth and identity exploration through engaging discussions and activities. In the spring semester, the Faculty Mentor will guide students through the process of crafting a proposal for a STEP Signature Project.

I currently am in STEP and attending this expo was a requirement for it, but even if it was not, I would have still attended. The STEP expo was full of various students with different majors who were all presenting the different transformational experiences they experienced. The proposal that these students wrote during their second years was of the program/experience they did which gave them funding of up to $2,000. Prior to this expo, I was pretty confident I was going to do a study abroad, specifically one in Italy, and this expo gave me the opportunity to talk with some students that went to Italy for their project. Below I have outlined some of the key points of the conversations I had with each person, some of which happened to have gone to the same study abroad program. 

Lia 

(1) Lia went on the “Between France and Morocco” study abroad where sge learned about colonization, the impacts of slavery and the evolution of both of the cultures over time. 

(2) I thought it was interesting to hear how they were able to visit Paris and different parts of Morocco, which are completely different countries, yet still see many similarities. Many Moroccon people still speak French in addition to Arabic and continue to pass the language on to their offspring even after all this time.

(3) If I had the opportunity I would most definitely do a study abroad like this. Morocco and France are both countries I would really enjoy visiting and I would love to learn about the rich and deep culture they both share. 

(4) This project does relate to IA since it is taking place in another country and involves discussing world issues and history between two countries that were once one. 

Kelly 

(1) Kelly had the opportunity to do a semester long internship in London, England that was related to her major, Marketing. She found this program through Fisher, and she had the opportunity to learn under a high positioned woman in a prominent company, gaining valuable first hand experience and knowledge.

(2) She was a marketing major but was paired with an accountant which she actually enjoyed and she learned a lot of skills she wouldn’t have otherwise.

(3) I would consider doing an internship, especially one abroad, because I would be able to gain valuable knowledge and skills while working directly in the field. I would also gain knowledge about the different cultures and their traditions, food, celebrations, history, etct, which I would really enjoy and learn from as well. 

(4) It does since it is taking place in London, England!

Adrianna 

(1) She learned about Bologna and its position during various wars that took place in Italy and how it has transformed as a city throughout various eras such as the renaissance, middle ages, etc. 

(2) She told me that part of the class was spent visiting three additional cities across Italy other than the home city of Bologna which I did not know about and really excites me more about this program.

(3) I am currently considering to do this “Italian City” study abroad that she went on which I am currently applying for!

(4) It does since it is located in Bologna, Italy and discusses international impacts on this city.

Ava 

(1) She learned about Bologna and its position during various wars that took place in Italy and how it has transformed as a city throughout various eras such as the renaissance, middle ages, etc. 

(2) I found it interesting that her and some of the other students did last minute research on Italy and the different cities surrounding Bologna but yet were able to visit so many beautiful cities. She was able to go to Florence, Milan, Sienna, etc all while still attending class and not spending too much money. 

(3) I am considering it, she also went to the “Italian City” study abroad like Adrianne.

(4) It does since it is located in Bologna, Italy and discusses international impacts on this city.

Regan 

(1) She learned about Bologna and its position during various wars that took place in Italy and how it has transformed as a city throughout various eras such as the renaissance, middle ages, etc. 

(2) The most interesting thing I learned from Regan was the financial advice she gave me. Trains are fairly cheap and get people around quickly from city to city or country to country and she highly recommended me, should I go on this study abroad, to research ahead of time the different options I have. She recommended I visit some of the other countries I mentioned I would like to visit in Europe while I am there, which is what she did, and it saves having to pay for a flight going back to Europe during a different time.  

(3) I am considering it, she also went to the “Italian City” study abroad like Adrianna and Eva.

(4) It does since it is located in Bologna, Italy and discusses international impacts on this city.

 

All in all this STEP expo solidified what I wanted to do with my STEP funding, which is going on the “Italian City” study abroad. I got to talk with three people who attended that study abroad and they really seemed to enjoy their time and every aspect of the trip. I am glad I got to talk to some students face to face about the program rather than just reading the OIA’s description of the program. I hope to use my step funding this upcoming summer so I have to start the application process ASAP. I will take the advice and heed it when the time comes.