Why Did You Come to OSU?

This past week in my Collegium class, I was able to gain some insight into my own experiences and perspectives. My interview partner asked why I decided to come to OSU. My primary instinct was to talk about how the school gave me the most money and therefore was the best ‘bang for my buck.’ This year and my experiences from last year, however, give a different insight into why I really chose Ohio State.

The school is so big that it overwhelms almost everyone. Let’s face it, we’ve all been overwhelmed by  Ohio State. But why did this make me want to come to OSU? I’ve always been pretty shy and enjoyed smaller groups of people. Opposites really do attract, I guess.

Coming from a large high school in a suburb of Cincinnati, I knew the “big school” feeling. Throughout my days in high school, however, I ended up finding a small group of people I was able to relate and enjoy spending time with. I didn’t get this same feeling for quite some time at Ohio State. I tried to get myself involved in a variety of different clubs, from an engineering project team, to Greek life. Eventually I found a passion for OSU Genesis, a Bollywood Fusion dance team.

The chance to compete around the nation performing a mix of American hip-hop and traditional Indian dances gave me a group of people that I was able to connect with. They pushed me to work harder and improve upon my dancing ability. This motivational source showed me why I loved Ohio State so much,

The chance to meet so many people from a variety of backgrounds definitely got me excited. In addition, with a large school comes large opportunity. I realized that no matter what may spark my interest, Ohio State could deliver. This was the primary reason why I ended up here. And I’ve loved every moment.

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.]


[ “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.]


[“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.]

About Me

Hi! My name is Suhaas Sameera. I am a sophomore at Ohio State majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in Business. On campus, I’m involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChE) as well as OSU Genesis, an all-male Bollywood fusion dance team. I’d really like to learn more about chemical engineering in the real-world, and am currently seeking a co-op or internship experience in a technical setting. This ePortfolio will help me keep track of any experiences I have that can be used towards obtaining a summer co-op or internship.