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.]


[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.

Global Awareness:

One of the most memorable achievements I have accomplished was participating in a Buckiserv trip for Juvenile Justice. We went into the juvenile detention center to teach and hopefully inspire kids to not let their time in the detention center dictate their future.   Through the duration of this trip, I was exposed to a whole new perspective on life. I have never met so many kids who continue to smile and have a positive outlook even though their circumstances are bleak. I learned a lot about loyalty and dedication. The part that impacted me the most was being told how much it meant to them that we came and asked about their aspirations and cared about them.

The whole experience made me realize that everyone has the potential to achieve great things. People can change their lives, but it often requires support and care from others. I can apply this lesson I learned to the rest of my life as well as career because everyone deserves to feel cared for. In the medical field, it is very important to recognize that hardships people face and treat every patient like they were a family member. I was also able to recognize that I am lucky enough to be surrounded by people who always want to see me succeed. It really shifted my mindset and taught me to be more thankful for what I have. I now have a greater sense of compassion and care for others.

original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
Leadership Development: I involved with an organization on campus called Universal Health Aid; Columbus. This organization is an innovative and progressive organization dedicated to improving universal health through preventive medicine, health education, and leadership development. I was the Chief of Membership Engagement and Professional Development. This role taught me about collaboration as well as the delegation of tasks. I was responsible for organizing activities for the members to get to know one another.

Service Engagement: Service is very important to me. Throughout my two years at Ohio State, I have become involved in many service projects. I currently work with Columbus Refugee and Immigration Services through a program called Community Connectors. In this program, I mentor a young girl who is a refugee from North Africa. I serve as her role model and help her adjust to her new life. I have learned a lot about patience and compassion from this experience. I also volunteer with Wexner Medical Center.


Meera Patel
Email: | (331) 645-9745
Campus Address: 120 West 11th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
Permanent Address: 737 East Delgado Drive, IL 60074


Bachelor of Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Major: Behavioral/Systems Neuroscience
Graduation date: Spring 2021 (Expected)
High School Diploma, Palatine High School, Palatine, Illinois
GPA: 3.9
Graduated: Spring 2017

United Health Aid: Columbus, Columbus, OH ( Oct 21, 2017- Present)
– Volunteered to set up and run a free clinic that provides medical services for the Columbus area
– Actively organize events that bring awareness to certain health issues on campus
– Connect those in need with resources to help them in tough situations

Garden of Hope, Columbus, OH (Aug 26, 2017)
– Volunteered to help clean up a local garden for Cancer Survivors
– The garden was weeded and prepared for the next rotation of crops

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Schaumburg, IL (2005-2017)
– Demonstrated leadership qualities by organizing activities that brought together people of all ages to learn and practice the values of Hinduism
– Organized and ran volunteer events like food drives, fundraisers, highway cleanup, etc

Luther Village, Arlington Heights, IL (May 2016 – August 2017)
– Served as a waitress and learned to communicate with a variety of people
– Was able to interact with residents that had physical or mental impairments

– Foreign Language: Intermediate level Spanish and intermediate level Gujarati

Kolze Scholars Award (May 2017)
– Graduated Top 25 for class for class of 2017 at Palatine High School



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About Me

Hello my name is Meera Patel. I am from Palatine, a northwest suburb of Chicago. I am currently majoring in neuroscience and on the premed track. I hope to become a doctor one day, but I am not sure about exactly what I want to be. In high school I was involved in many clubs. Student Council was a huge part of my high school career and I really enjoyed planning school dances and service projects. I used to play tennis too. I like going to music concerts with my friends. I am excited to see all the adventures and learning opportunities The Ohio State has to offer. Go bucks!