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 guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “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 guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. 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.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifact 1

As a first-year, it’s common to have to take the general education classes to get them out of the way. That’s exactly what I’m doing right now. One of my classes that I’m required to take is Spanish. In high school, I was never a huge fan of Spanish; having to learn a whole new language as well as their grammar and vocabulary set isn’t easy. However, Spanish here at Ohio State is something that I look forward to most days. In addition to the grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure, my professor also teaches the culture of the Spanish-speaking regions. In my high school Spanish classes, the teacher would only touch on cultural ideas, but the class was mostly the nitty-gritty stuff of Spanish. Here, my professor makes culture something that you need to learn and we are even tested on it. Some thing that we learn about are the types of food, the clothing, the traditions that are practiced there, and the things that make that certain place unique. For example, I am learning about how the origin of the salsa dancing is in Cuba, and certain dishes from the Dominican Republic and how they’re made. I think that this stuff is important to learn because it teaches me about the country in which Spanish is spoken and about the country as a whole. Having a Spanish class where the entrirety of Spanish is taught and not just how to form a sentence is a valuable experience that I .

About Me

Amanthi Ranatunga is a first year undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is one of only 95 students admitted to the Mount Leadership Scholars program at OSU. Amanthi is studying Psychology and in the future she hopes to become a Clinical Psychologist and help those who suffer from mental illnesses. 

Amanthi is originally from Mason, OH where she attended the William Mason High School (MHS). She graduated high school with Summa Cum Laude, and she was also involved in many extra-curricular activities during high school; some of those activities include Student Government, National Honors Society (NHS), and Students Involving and Befriending Students (SIBS). Amanthi is very proud and honored to be chosen by her 870+ peers as Junior Class President and Senior Class President, to represent them in MHS Administration and Student Government. One other most important and meaningful activities that Amanthi did in high school was as a member of SIBS, where she strived to develop and foster an inclusive atmosphere in Mason High School and Middle School, and to stop isolation of kids and bullying activities. Outside of school, Amanthi volunteered for many organizations such as Matthew: 25 Ministries, UC West Chester Hospital and Christ Hospital. 

Amanthi was a year-round competitive swimmer for 12 years. She was a four-year varsity letter swimmer at her high school, a member of the Mason Manta Rays (a 2018 USA Swimming Gold Medal Club, ranked # 8 in USA out of more than 3000 teams), and a summer league swim team. She has earned multiple swim awards, including Academic All American in Swimming. Swimming really helped Amanthi develop many skills – including time management, multi-tasking, focus, and discipline. This Summer Amanthi taught swimming to kids whose ages ranged from four months to twelve years and instilled those skills in her students. 

Amanthi is very excited to be a Buckeye and she’s looking forward to her undergraduate career at OSU. She chose Psychology as her major because she is very interested in a professional career helping others. She is interested in research, internship and Study Abroad opportunities that will help her career goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist.