I love Physics. Ever since I took Physical Science in freshman year of high school, I knew I wanted to major in something that would keep me close to the Newtonian mechanics and the Physical laws that define the universe, one of the many reasons why I chose Mechanical engineering as my major.
When I first came to The Ohio State University, however, I wasn’t completely sure how I would find something that would let me explore my love of Physics the way I wanted to, to learn about all the different things that were being discovered and to hopefully take part in the future of Science. But then I went to the involvement fair; and amidst hundreds of student organizations and clubs, I found the one that looked perfect for me: The Physics Honor society.
The Physics Honor Society at OSU is a student organization that strives to give students with an interest in Physics the chance to interact with professors and research from the Ohio State University and outside, to form connections, and to learn more about the exciting world around us.
As soon as I saw their booth at the fair, I signed up to be a part of their organization and decided to attend their first meeting the next Tuesday; I wanted to know about everything that this club had to offer me.
Even though I went to the first meeting alone, as most of my friends were busy, I still had a great experience. The guest speaker for the day, Dr. Heidi Wu from the department of Physics at OSU, talked about her research and explained, as simply as she could, how galaxy clusters in our universe were moving away from each other at increasingly higher speeds, evidence for both our universe expanding and dark matter and energy that resides within it.
For me, sitting in the audience, this was very exciting; to hear someone say that they could now make calculations on the movement of the entire universe by looking at just a few pictures was amazing for me to think about. Her speech, combined with the atmosphere for learning something new in the room made me believe firmly that I was in the right place: here at OSU.
Physics Honor Society Meeting: Roddy Cochran explaining his work on Quantum Key Distributions
When I went there next week, I was even more surprised to see a graduate student, Roddy Cochran, explaining his research with the Quantum Key Distributions to a group of people that were too dumb to understand him, but shared his interest in appreciating the laws of Physics.
Both of these events were super fun for me to be a part of and only makes me excited for all the other stuff that this club has planned for the year.
And this is my experience with just one of the hundreds of student organisations and clubs I saw at the involvement fair, and there are plenty more out there at The Ohio State University for everyone to be a part of. With the amount of people and tastes we have at OSU, I’m really excited to see what more I can get out of this place.