End of Semester Reflection

As my first semester of college comes to a close, I have spend some time thinking about how far I’ve come. I have learned how I need to study to be successful and ways to keep myself organized. I have picked up valuable time management skills and learned how to communicate with my professors and instructors. One of the most important things I learned was how beneficial going to office hours can be. Going into next semester, I am somewhat nervous about my schedule, but I will be able to use the skills I learned this semester to help me get by.

In addition to my academics, I have grown as a person these past few months. Coming from a small town in North Carolina, I was scared to be going to such a huge school so far from home. It made me realize that I am capable of handling things on my own, even if it seems intimidating at first. I have made great friends and really found my place here at Ohio State. Being in Scholars has helped with that, and has allowed me to explore some of my interests outside of my major. I look forward to the rest of this year, and the rest of my time at Ohio State.


From the age of three and on, I was always playing a sport. I was put in dance classes, put on volleyball, swimming, soccer, and basketball teams. I learned to golf and play ultimate frisbee. I even tried ice skating for a bit. I learned quickly that I loved team sports, and I loved competition. Even so, I couldn’t seem to find a sport that I wanted to focus my time on. When I was in sixth grade, my parents decided that it was time for me to try lacrosse. This was a big deal for me, as both of my parents played in college and I was excited to see just what was so great about it. My first experience with lacrosse was absolutely horrible. I attended an advanced skills high school clinic at the age of 11 having no previous exposure to the sport. I struggled to keep up with the older girls who knew was they were doing, and left camp every day on the verge of tears. Instead of giving up on it, as much as I wanted to, I stuck with it and tried out different camps, clinics, and teams. As time went on, I realized how much I enjoyed having a stick and ball in my hand. When I was a sophomore in high school, I made the varsity team at my school. This was a huge deal, as we were state runner-ups two years in a row and boasted a total of four state titles, the most of any team at my school. I was absolutely ecstatic to be able to play at such a high level and be able to compete with some of the best teams in the entire state. I began playing on a travel team in the summer and fall so that I almost never had to stop playing.

Lacrosse was a large part of my life for about seven years. Coming to Ohio State, i decided not to try out for the club team in order to be able to focus my time on my classes and getting adjusted to college life. However, the sport of lacrosse taught me many lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I learned how to be a good team player, and that hard work will pay off in the end when you get what you’ve been waiting for. As team captain my senior year, I learned leadership skills. Additionally, I learned communication skills from interactions with my teammates, coaches, and even referees and other teams. Although I’m sad that lacrosse is no longer a part of my life, I am so grateful for my time playing it and all of the lessons I learned from it.


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: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


GOALS are more than just something you hope to accomplish, it’s something to strive for and work towards. As scholars students, GOALS are ways to better not only ourselves, but our community as well.

  • Global Awareness: To accomplish global awareness, I can get involved in different clubs that are aimed at global studies and solving global issues. Another way to become more globally aware is to study different languages. Additionally, I hope to get involved with study abroad opportunities in order to get first hand experience with different cultures.
  • Original Inquiry: Original inquiry involves thinking ouside of the box and coming up with questions that you feel need to be answered. In order to do this, one must be an active learner and read papers and publications to form original ideas. After deciding what to look into, talking to professors, doctors, or faculty members to see if it would be possible to get research positions in their labs and offices.
  • Academic Enrichment: This area involves students exploring interests outside of their specific major. Being a Biological Sciences scholar assists with this in facilitating interactions between students from a variety of majors. This not only allows students to find their interests, but allows them to build connections and get different perspectives. Within BioSci, since community interests are similar, it is easier to find your niche.
  • Leadership Development: Good leadership skills are an important trait to have, no matter what career path you plan on taking. There are numerous ways to develop these skills, and a college campus provides many opportunities. One think you can do is hold a position in a club, whether that be president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, etc. Additionally, starting your own club is a good way to demonstrate leadership. While a title is good to have, there are other ways to show leadership as well. Simply being involved in organizations or even intramural teams is a good way to demonstrate and develop skills as a leader.
  • Service Engagement: Attending the involvement fairs and interest meetings held by clubs at Ohio State will provide students with ample opportunity to get involved. All across campus and throughout dorms and academic buildings are flyers and posters boasting service opportunties. While Ohio State provides many opportunities to give back to the community, Honors & Scholars students are presented with many more. Specifically within BioSci scholars, there are weekly emails that list multiple upcoming service events. Additionally, students can get involved in the medical field by volunteering or interning at clinics and hospitals.


[“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: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Central Ohio Heart Walk

On August 26th, 2017, I participated in the American Heart Association’s Central Ohio Heart Walk in downtown Columbus. When I saw this opportunity announced, it immediately caught my eye. About 11 years ago, my uncle died from a heart attack. I decided to fundraise and walk in this event for him. At the end of the walk, there was a tunnel that survivors of heart disease could walk through. It was inspiring to see all of the survivors walk through that tunnel and to see how happy they were. Since it was at the beginning of the year, I also thought this would be a great opportunity to meet new people within BioSci. Overall, this was a wonderful event for a great cause, and I was able to meet a lot of my fellow scholars!

About Me

My name is Sydney Rodgers and I am in the neuroscience program at The Ohio State University. I have always loved getting involved, whether that be in my school or in the surrounding community and I look forward to becoming a part of Columbus. I am a part of the early move-in OWL program and look forward to joining more leadership programs once school starts. I plan on continuing my education after my four years at Ohio State is up and hope to one day earn my PhD and go into research and medical technology.

I am from Apex, North Carolina, where I was involved in several different organizations. I was a member of the lacrosse, swimming, and golf teams. Additionally, I was involved National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, as well as Pink Ribbon Club.

As a member of the Biological Sciences Scholars program here at OSU, I am looking forward to all of the opportunities I will have to volunteer as well as opportunities for networking and internships. I cannot wait to begin my journey here as a buckeye!