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.]


[“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 information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


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Reading: One of my favorite things to do is to read. It’s like entering a whole new world and it’s a great escape from reality. My taste in books ranges, whether it’s a classic like To Kill a Mockingbird or an entertaining, obviously fictional book like the Harry Potter series, I enjoy the majority of books that I read. All of my best friends like to read also, so it gives us topics to talk about and books to exchange.

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Volleyball: Volleyball is another important aspect that has been very prominent in my life. I played competitively for four years. My uncle helped coach me since he is the head of the volleyball department at Metro Sports Center in Evansville, Indiana. Although I stopped playing competitively my freshman year of high school, volleyball still stayed in my life. I became a volleyball coach and referee my junior year of high school for people ranging anywhere from first grade to twelfth grade. I really enjoy helping others excel in what they love, and my job as a volleyball coach is one of the main things I miss from home. In the program at my work, my coworkers and I were able to play on a team together, so I was still able to be active in volleyball. Also, playing sand volleyball was one of the highlights of my summer. My friends and I would just get a big group together to go to the local sand volleyball courts. It was a great way to hang out with my best friends while also meeting new people at the same time!

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Short North:  Although my time in college hasn’t been extensive, the few months that I’ve been here, I’ve created some great memories with amazing new friends. During one of the first few weeks at Ohio State, I participated in HES Community Day, in which the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars classes traveled the COTA buses to Goodale Park and the Short North. This was a great way to learn both the bus system and the city of Columbus. Since this trip, I’ve traveled to the Short North with my friends quite a few times. It’s a great place to grab a bite while taking a break from campus. Visiting the Short North has also presented more opportunities, such as going to the German Village and downtown Columbus, which I’ve also done a few times. Since we don’t have cars on campus this year, this quick trip to other parts of Columbus is perfect for freshmen.

About Me

Hello buckeyes! My name is Alexus Rhodes and I’m a freshman at The Ohio State University. As of now, my major is Undeclared Engineering. Taking it back to where it all began, I was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. Since Evansville is about as south in Indiana as someone can get, it’s about a six hour drive from Columbus, Ohio. I stem from an enormous family. I have three sisters, two brothers, five aunts, nine uncles, and over thirty cousins. Family means a lot to me, so that’s the main aspect I’ll miss from home. I attended a small private school called Mater Dei. I participated in pep club, theatre, National Honor Society, service club, Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital, golf, and much more. I also participated in activities outside of school such as the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome. My favorite activity outside of school was definitely my job as a volleyball coach. I instructed anyone from ten years old to eighteen years old. I hope to find some great activities like these at Ohio State. Thanks for enduring through this paragraph about me and Go Bucks!

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