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.
Honors & Scholars students will 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.
As part of my path towards medical school I plan to participate in research. One of the advantages of going to such a large and innovative university is that there are many opportunities to participate in research. I hope to participate in research that has to do with genetics, cell development, or embryonic development.
Honors & Scholars students will pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
I started as a biology major and just recently changed to molecular genetics. My hope is that in molecular genetics I will be able to take more classes of interest. My goal is to an obstetrician gynecologist and I believe that either major would serve me well but a molecular genetics major will be an even better fit.
When I was choosing GEs in my survey class I tried to pick classes that would help me prepare for the MCAT in the areas that my major would not. I also tried to choose courses that would be interesting so that when I am feeling bogged down by two or three upper level courses I can relax but still be testing my limits.
Honors & Scholars students will develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and that prepares them for their future roles in society.
At such a large university I am going to be honest when I say that I have not wanted to look for a leadership position. I feel like there are so many other people who are better than me here. I have been taking small steps to get to where I feel comfortable. Right now I think the best way to utilize my leadership skills is to be a team player. I can hopefully inspire other people who are feeling intimidated to take the first step and just join a group or two.
The group I joined was the Ohio State Novice Crew team. I joined five weeks after everyone else and I felt like I was so behind. The other girls were very nice and supportive to me while I was trying to catch up. There were a few girls who joined even later than me so I decided to be there for me the way other people had been there for me. I felt it was my duty especially since I knew what if felt like to be the newbie.
Honors & Scholars students will commit to service to the community.
I come from a small town and doing service work in Columbus is very daunting. There are more people, more area, basically just more everything. I think in my service I will start small and work on Ohio State’s campus until I get more comfortable. I really enjoy volunteering with animals and the environment. Those are probably the two areas I will volunteer in the most.
One of the wonderful opportunities of being a scholar is that the groups organize trips. My scholars group adviser organized for the Biological Sciences Scholars to go to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We could sign up for one of two behind the scenes tours. The tour that I went on got to go behind the scenes of Manatee Cove. In Manatee Cove are manatees, rays, a sea turtle(I may be mistaken!), ducks, and lots of fish. Only one of the manatees is life long resident, the others are just there for rehabilitation. Once they are rehabilitated they will go down to a release are in Florida. I really enjoyed the trip because it was very fun to learn about how a zoo works and the Columbus Zoo does a lot of great things for wildlife.