Freshman year I began this ePortfolio to create a unified place to display my experiences, accomplishments, interests, and goals for future employers. At first I was skeptical about the process but I have realized how beneficial it is to keep myself on track and centered with my goals. I have used this platform to tell future employers a little bit about myself. Future employers can also see a little more about me under Artifacts and get a better visual sense of who I am. Under GOALS someone can find what the goals acronym means for scholars and what it means to me personally. The Year in Review section are a place where I reflect upon my year and what I learned. In Career employers can find my resume and hear me discuss some of my strengths and relevant experiences.
Addressed safety hazards in the work place. Ensured the safety of 150 swimmers. Catalogued mice in an ongoing study. Harvested research samples.
My career goal is to become an obstetrician gynecologist and work in a base hospital for the United States Navy. I want to be a voice for women’s health issues give back to the people who risk their lives for our country.
My second year of college will live in my memory for a very long time. At the beginning of the year I began a job as a lifeguard at the university pool, marking the first time that I had ever held a job while in school. Working brought the fun challenge of learning how to manage my time with classes. This year was also the first year that I lived off-campus which brought my level of adult way up. I did not think that I would miss dining hall food but I had misjudged how convenient the dining halls were. During the fall semester I began the search for a research position on campus. Around Thanksgiving Break I was accepted to shadow in a lab and right before Winter Break I was accepted into the lab. Being accepted into the lab was one of the happiest moments of my life. Spring semester began with little noise and I settled into the paces. I was excited for spring semester because most of my courses were pre-requisites for other courses and I was excited to move on. Looking back on when I packed my bag to go home for Spring Break it is almost laughable to think of what was waiting around the corner. It was over Spring Break that the university suspended in person classes and moved everything online. The transition to the virtual classroom also meant that I was not allowed to go to my research position. Not being able to go to my research position was the most upsetting for me because I was finally being given more solo tasks. My lamenting was cut short however as the reality of the pandemic and other course work filled the void. For me, the greatest lesson I have learned from the worldwide shutdown is that we are all important and can have a big impact on our fellow man. I have also learned to roll with the punches and to not waste this time that has been gifted.
My artifact in this post is a handmade mask. Right now the country is facing the Covid-19 pandemic. This mask symbolizes the small part that everyone can play. Staying inside and away from people is the most important thing we can do keep each other safe but this mask symbolizes the recognition that I have for the safety of others if I need to go out in public for essential items. My area has not been impacted as badly as bigger cities in the nation which has made the pandemic seem like a situation far away. Making this mask made me feel connected to the pandemic in a way that I had not felt before. I hope to inspire other people to do what they can to protect their fellow man in this time of need.
This might be cliche but I made it through my first year! I have grown a lot over the past few months. I learned that studying the way I did in high school is not good enough. The biggest thing that I learned about studying is that you can never start too early. I also learned that if I am smart I can manage my time. There were only a few times where I felt rushed. I am also proud that I was able to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. There are no glamourous summer jobs or research opportunities ahead for me. I am hoping to get involved in research next summer. This summer I am going to start looking into medical school requirements and my future in general. One of my roommates moved out today and it made me realize that the semester really is over. I think I made the right choice with choosing Ohio State. I cannot imagine my first year of college happening anywhere else. Go bucks!
I volunteered at the Hunger Run 5K this semester as part of my volunteer requirements. In high school I ran cross country and we would help out with 5Ks so volunteering at this type of event was not out of my element. I really enjoyed volunteering at this 5K because it was the first one for this group. The 5K was organized by two students at Ohio State who want to help fight hunger. The money raised went to support Neighborhood Services Inc.. One dollar raised provides four meals to those in need. This 5K raised enough money for about 20,000 meals! I hope to be able to be a part of next year as well.
The first semester of my college experience is coming to a close. I can already tell that I have changed a lot. I do my own laundry, clean my own bathroom, and take care of my own meals. I am now realizing how spoiled I was at home. The transition to college was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I accepted the changes and moved forward. One of the biggest changes that I had to deal with was the rigor of the coursework. Everyone knows about the infamous chemistry department at Ohio State but I was not ready to have to spend time on one class every day. It has definitely helped improve my time management. For one, when I just want to watch Netflix or play around on my phone I have to be honest with myself and ask if it is a good idea. I know that I never want to let all of my chemistry work pile up. Another way I have changed is that I know it is okay to get a bad grade here and there. In high school I never got bad grades so it was a wake up call. Just because you do poorly on one thing does not mean your college career is over. Pick yourself up and try not to repeat past mistakes. Everything in college is a learning experience!
Students will cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences.
The world is such a big place but knowing more about the nooks and crannies can make it feel smaller. The Ohio State University has something for everyone who wants to explore the world. The study abroad opportunities at Ohio State are plentiful and inviting. Unfortunately, I do not think I will be able to fit such an adventure into my schedule. Fortunately, at Ohio State you do not have to leave the country to be exposed to other cultures. One way I will blend Global Awareness and Academic Enrichment are to take classes that will broaden my horizons and make the world feel a little smaller.