Global Awareness – Because of my major of political science, I’ve been able to learn about numerous countries including Western Europe and Latin America. I have also worked on a large project about Mauritania, a small country in Africa, which has expanded my view of the world even further. This will continue through the end of my time in undergraduate political science and I look forward to creating an even broader global perspective from the classes I take through OSU. I have also attended many OUAB events which have allowed me to listen to speakers that have also added to my knowledge at a global level.
Original Inquiry – In sophomore year, I have been able to begin research in a real area of interest for me. Doing political science research was always a goal and I hope I can continue doing research for my undergraduate thesis. I began doing research work under a graduate student who is interested in non-state actor rebel groups and their sometimes positive effect on the public. I also hope to create research of my own and perhaps publish a paper which follows my interest in exploring violence statistics. Because I am going to graduate with a BS in political science, I have gained a lot of statistical and research method experience.
Academic Enrichment – Other than my political science major, I have also nearly completed a general psychology minor. I have a real interest in psychology and science that I knew wouldn’t be a focus in my major program so I took it on as a minor. I also am interested in the role of psychology in law and politics so the major and minor go fairly well together. At many times there was overlap between the two in the way that I would learn about a psychological theory/personality that would then come up as an idea in many political science readings. I chose my GE courses to focus on my interests in literature and comparative studies, which I would like to get a minor in but do not have the time in my schedule.
Leadership Development – I have had multiple jobs in my time at OSU in research but also normal college student jobs. Whether it be in either scenario I enjoy taking a leadership role but often find myself preferring to be the person who pushes for a plan and sticks to a schedule. I like to get things done and do work efficiently, so my work in a leadership role usually has me as a planner who will get things done while everyone else waits for a deadline.
Service Engagement – I plan within the next year to do a political science internship in a campaign in order to gain experience in engaging with people. I want to learn about social problems and how they approached in the real world. Joining a grassroots political campaign will hopefully give me a background in service engagement and allow me to understand the political community better.
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Global Awareness: I plan on studying abroad with the Canadian Parliament Internship next summer and will take classes concerning that in order to increase my global awareness. I have never even been outside the country and I believe it will be a good opportunity to not only get experience in a field I am interested in but also experience a different country and get out of my comfort zone. I also will take classes for my major relating to international relations in order to better understand world politics to become a better global citizen.
Original Inquiry: In order to work towards original inquiry, I am going to take part in research. I have already been in talks with a professor in the psychology department about working with him in an area that I am interested in and I am continuing to take classes with him in order to get to know him and the area better. I would also like to eventually write a final thesis and develop individual research after learning and getting involved with the psychology department.
Academic Enrichment: I will use the Academic Plan and then Honors Contract to satisfy my academic and professional interests and needs by forming a curriculum from my major in political science and my minor in psychology that will make me a good, varied contender for law school. I am excited for a few of the comparative studies GEs that I am going to take because I like the department and the style of the class. I think they’re not only good for satisfying requirements but exposure to diversity and critical thinking. Comparative studies classes are a great combination of film, literature, and conversation that I really enjoy.
Leadership Development: In my years at OSU, in order to prepare for law school I am going to get involved with at least one internship that will give me some leadership experience. Whether it be working for a local politician or going back to my state during the summer and getting involved at a political origination in New York City, I want to get internship experience before I apply to law school. Even though I am studying abroad, I want real world, actual experience for a prolonged period of time. Other than that, I will get involved with some student organizations as well.
Service Engagement: I plan on getting involved in service opportunities in the Columbus area in my time at OSU. In the past couple of years I have worked with children in numerous community service projects but have not yet been able to find a project that has fit into my schedule. I will hopefully get involved with a couple of those kind of projects sometime next year in order to benefit the community in Columbus and in the summer when I go home, I will return to my community service projects that I do in New York.
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