My G.O.A.L.S. Second Year
The Ohio State University Honors and Scholars program emphasizes developing the whole person through accomplishing G.O.A.L.S. (Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement) before graduation. Speaking specifically on global awareness, I still plan on attempting to study abroad, although a service trip abroad might end up being more feasible with regard to my scheduling. Even still, studying about the world around me through courses and information provided on campus has proved to be invaluable.
Original inquiry will be achieved through internships and volunteer work in my chosen field. I already have an internship set up with Cincinnati Children’s hospital in their speech pathology program this summer, and Ohio State offers a multitude of opportunities to continue this work in the coming years. Not only will it look good on college applications, but it will allow me to really experience my desired field and make many different connections.
Moving onto academic enrichment, I will use this academic plan to keep myself on track for graduating with a bachelor of arts in speech and hearing sciences. I chose this major because I wanted to help people in a healthcare setting (but not a full-fledged doctor) and because of my interest in becoming a speech and language pathologist. I am a firm advocate of taking a variety of different general education classes. Ohio State general education courses have already taught me so much about myself and my interests that I didn’t know I had previously. I have taken courses that challenge me and expand my mind, and I will continue to do so moving into more major-specific courses.
The next piece is leadership development. One of the best ways that Ohio State has allowed me to be a leader is through my service class, as it helped me to work with a wide variety of people to help achieve a common goal. I am still a part of Off The Lake and I do still hope to eventually hold a board position, as I have seen the influence that my organization can have. I was in the play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead this year, and we helped to foster discussions on a wide variety of topics, from bullying to suicide.
Lastly, service will remain a large part of my experience here at Ohio State. Off the Lake Productions is a service based group, and service is a major foundation of being in this organization. This year we have raised thousands of dollars for the Harmony Project and hundreds of pounds of canned goods for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. I will continue to be a part of this amazing organization. This year, I also participated in a service class on campus that allowed me to immerse myself in the Deaf community. I do not plan on losing these connections in the years to follow.
In short, I will do everything in my power to live up to these G.O.A.L.S. I am a proud Ohio State student I want to be a proud graduate of the Ohio State University honors program. These guidelines will help me do so. I wrote this final statement last year, and it is even more true today.