Final Reflection

Coming to college, I would have to admit I didn’t have any particular worries beyond deciding what on earth my major would be. Though this has been a rather large challenge, and continues to be, I have found that generally adjusting to a new environment and new expectations has been much harder than I originally anticipated. I have worked to try to make myself more comfortable with becoming involved in student activities and generally trying to be more conscious in talking to others.

I attended the lectures on the Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Natural and Mathematical Sciences, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, the College of Social Work, and the Arts and Humanities. I generally chose these based off of some ideas I had of what I may be interested in, and many of these encapsulate looking at how people think and ways to help people, which are both things I am very interested in and may be interested in making a part of a possible career.

Overall, I largely am considering the same majors and a couple more (oops), and I’ll save time by not adding a laundry list of them here. Overall, the majors I am considering play into looking at cognition and generally looking at people to some degree, which I believe to be one of my strengths, specifically regarding empathy. With that said, I really don’t know what my future goals are at the moment beyond being employed and happy, so I can’t say which of my considered majors would be the best fit for me currently.

It was nice to get a better idea of the programs with the lectures, though some were more helpful than others. Overall, they helped to give a better sense of what the programs were beyond a page on the website. I do wish the lectures had covered more of the majors, as they oftentimes covered only a few, which is understandably a matter of limited time, but they did tend to be very focused on a few more popular majors rather than overall.

Overall, I would like to get a better idea of what I would like to major in, hopefully get it down to at least four or five possibilities. I plan to use the classes I am taking to explore majors further, and would like to visit the Career Counseling and Support Services to perhaps sort out a few of my ideas for possible majors and careers.

As far as advice to myself at the start of the semester: this is a going to be a completely new experience for you, and you’re not really ready for it yet. And that’s ok. You’re going to find being in this all new place with all new people overwhelming at first, and that’s ok too. It’s ok to not know what you want to do, and it’s ok to not know how to figure it out for now. This will all come with time. Just don’t forget to reach out for help when you need it, and don’t forget to have fun along the way.

An Informational Interview with Catherine Elliott

Why did you choose public affairs?

Catherine says, though she initially, “had nonprofit management as [her] minor,” she decided to make it her major because she, “enjoyed those classes more than [her] business major courses,” which was her initial major at OSU. She says also felt the college’s focus on “community and service,” aligned more with what she wanted to study.

What was your specialization and why did you choose it?

Catherine’s specialization within the Public Affairs major was nonprofit management. She knew she wanted to, “work hard for a specific cause,” and was not interested in working for the government, which was the focus of many of the other specializations at the time. She took, “one nonprofit class for [her] minor, and… loved it”.

What are you doing now that you have graduated?

Catherine is now, “working in finance at a bank… in Columbus,” more regarding her business minor. However, she would love to, “merge [her] interests in business and nonprofits in the future,” possibly in economic development or consulting.

What kinds of extracurricular opportunities did you have in public affairs?

Catherine took part in the Washington Academic Internship Program. She, “interned with two nonprofits in DC one summer,” while also taking classes and networking through the program.

What was it like working with the faculty in public affairs?

Catherine says the faculty were, “one of [her] favorites parts about being a public affairs major”. She says the professors were, “intelligent and passionate,” and that she really loved the professors she worked with.

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I found Catherine through the senior bank on OSU’s website, and chose to interview due to my interest in Public Affairs as a major and her being a graduate of the program.

To be honest, This interview makes me think about what I really want from the major. Though I know I have an interest in working with nonprofit groups, I am not sure I would want to work with them in the capacity that the public affairs major trains its students for. I think I may be more interested in outreach than policy and organization.

I didn’t learn anything particularly unexpected from this interview, as I have done quite a bit of research into the different majors that have piqued my interest. Catherine’s answers reinforced my view of the college being very focused on the community and service, and about faculty that really cares about its students and programs.

I think it’s not so much any more that I need to learn about the program rather than what I need to figure out about myself, and if it would be a good fit for what I am interested in and what my skills are.

To be honest, watching the videos going over every major actually really helped me, since they gave a basic idea of what each major was. I have a tendency to fall into the trap of opportunity cost, worrying about what I would be missing by making a decision that closes the door on a different choice. This really allowed me to see what ALL of the options were, and to judge whether I would even want that other path.

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.

Artifacts

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.