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At Ohio State, I have learned that you don’t have to travel outside of the country to learn about the world. When taking general education classes, I was drawn to those that would help broaden my understanding of the world. For example, last spring, I took a class that looked at the relationship between literature and society. We didn’t focus just on American society, but rather, societies around the world. This semester, I am taking Cultural Anthropology, which has taught me a lot about the diversity of cultures around the world. And though I’ve learned so much here, it has always been my goal to study abroad. That’s why I will be traveling to Italy and England this May, on the Psychology and Culture in Europe program. I have already been doing research about these countries, and I know being immersed in the culture will be greatly impactful in growing in my global awareness.
As a psychology major preparing for graduate school, research is essential for success. At the end of my freshman year, I applied for the Honors Psychology Research Mentorship Program and was accepted. This is a program that will help me to complete an honors thesis, defending it at the end of my junior year. I began working in Dr. Sederberg’s Computational Memory Lab at the beginning of autumn semester my sophomore year, and have started my thesis. I feel like I already have a strong understanding of the research process, but completing a thesis will make me even more confident in my research abilities and provide me with invaluable tools that I will use in graduate school and beyond.
When scheduling my classes, I never look for what I think will be the easiest course, but for something that I think will be challenging and interesting. I’ve tried to take GE courses in a wide range of subjects, so that I can have a well-rounded education. In my major courses, I choose classes that interest me most, and take honors versions of those classes when I can. I decided to pick up a neuroscience minor because I am interested in becoming a neuropsychologist, and this additional neuroscience education will be helpful to me.
One organization I joined at the beginning of my freshman is a club called I Am That Girl, which is a local chapter of a national organization. This year, I am on the executive board as the social media chair. I will be running for a co-president position for next year. I have already learned a lot about who I am as a leader, and have grown in many ways. If I am elected as one of the co-presidents, I will learn even more about what it means to be a leader and how to handle the responsibilities that come with it. Also, I will be a Peer Mentor in the Arts and Sciences Honors program in the fall for the first time. I want to one day work with undergraduate students, and this is a great way to get an idea of what that will be like.
During both my freshman and sophomore year, I participated in Buckeyethon, where I helped raise money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Both events were extremely rewarding experiences, and I plan on participating in Buckeyethon for the next two years. I would like to get involved in more service next semester. Ideally, I would like to volunteer at a place that focuses on mental health, as that is something about which I am passionate.
[ “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: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. 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.]
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