College Transition Lecture Reflection

To be honest, I didn’t have all that many worries starting college before I got here, largely due to the fact that I was so preoccupied with choosing the “right” college that I didn’t leave myself much time for worrying about anything else. Now that I’m here, I’m really worried about myself more than anything. I’ve dealt with some problems with anxiety in the past, but I wasn’t really prepared for the surge of anxiety coming to an all new place with all new people would bring. So you could say that I’m worried about my worries.

With that said, I am certainly excited about all of the opportunities here. Being at a big university in a big city means a myriad of things to explore and get involved in, student-led on campus or in the greater city as a whole. Of course, meeting new people is also something to look forward to, going from a school of 2,000 to one of 50,000.

I have never been particularly good at detailing my strengths, but I like to think I am a rather decent writer and reader. I also have the ability to think very quickly and look at things in the bigger picture, though that does I mean I can at times look over the little details (chemistry was not fun).

Referring back to the myriad of opportunities at OSU, the number of student organizations is quite staggering. I have already attended a few meetings for clubs, such as the Ukulele Club and the Game Creation Club, and I might look into a few more. I also would like to volunteer when I have time, and maybe look into some research opportunities.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the lecture this Monday due to some health concerns, so I am unable to speak on what was said there.

About Me

My name is Esther Pittinger, a first year student at OSU. During high school, I was highly involved in the marching and concert bands and the creative writing club. Playing flute in marching band and having the opportunity to lead and learn from its members is an experience I wouldn’t give away for the world.

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: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc .
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: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]



Sycamore High School                               August 2013 – May 2017

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with 4.3 GPA
  • Member of National Honor Society, Marching, Concert, and Pep Band, Creative Writing Club

Work Experience

Kings Island Amusement Park: Food Associate                                         June 2017 – August 2017

6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 45034

Contact: 513-754-5700

  • Prepared, served, and sold food to hundreds of people daily in a fast environment.
  • Worked with others to achieve an optimum customer service experience for guests, and worked directly with guests giving directions, answering questions, and reconciling problems with previous service.
  • Received training with registers, preparing and serving food, handling money, and customer service.

General Experience


  • Worked directly with crafters and other volunteers delivering food and moving products throughout the Sycamore High School Craft Show.
  • Helped set up stage between musical groups during the Sycamore High School Pancake Day event.
  • Worked with others to set up and tear down multiple school-affiliated events efficiently.


  • General Manager of Marching Band: organized work crews and work crew leaders to get everything set up and taken down for rehearsals and ready for competitions.
  • Section Leader of Flute Section: helped to instill unity within the section and teach and maintain marching and playing techniques throughout the season and made sure everyone was comfortable within the section and band as whole.
  • President of Creative Writing Club: organized making and distribution of school-wide literary magazine as well as fundraising and club events and preparing activities for weekly meetings.


  • Excels in fast-paced environments
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Caring, considerate, and respectful style of interaction
  • Good with kids


James Blankenship

Sofia Feist



This is a photo I took for my Introduction to Photography course I took my senior year of high school. This isn’t actually the fully edited photo, but it is the base photo I used for the class and for my AP Studio Drawing class as a basis for a painting. Though I like to think I have an eye for visual aesthetics, photography really was the ultimate test of that, and I worked to capture as best I could places important to me, such as this little nook in a park I loved back home.