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This year was challenging but rewarding. As an industrial design major and a competitive fencer on OSU’s D1 fencing team, I had to manage my time wisely so I could put maximum effort and best self into both of my passions.
Being a design foundations student was challenging, particularly when we had half the amount of in-person classes. One of the most important takeaways from this first year was my understanding of design principles. Whenever I felt like a design didn’t work, I re-evaluated my idea through the lens of different design principles. This technique taught me the value of resilience. There were many times when I didn’t think a design was going to work out. But, through persistence and prototyping, I succeeded. I additionally learned new crafting techniques and worked diligently to make my final projects as well crafted as possible.
The Ohio State fencing team is a family. Through months of training, I was incredibly humbled. During practice, I lost practice bout after practice bout. But with each loss came a lesson. During competitions, I remembered the practice bouts I won and that gave me the resolve to triumph over our competitors. My first collegiate win was against Notre Dame—our toughest opponent. The excitement on my teammates faces, the high-fives and congratulations showed me how much my team had become my family.
The friends that I made this year are going to last a lifetime. The people I have met throughout my first year were incredibly kind and made OSU my home away from home.
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My name is Zoe Shay-Tannas and I am from Boston, MA. I am a first-year Eminence Fellow at The Ohio State University pursuing industrial design. From a young age, I have been fascinated with fonts and packaging. As my passion for typography has grown, so has my love for the design of everyday objects. Even the simplest innovation, such as the wheels on a suitcase, fascinates me. How could something so simple revolutionize the world of travel? Instead of lugging unwieldy trunks through the airport, now travelers easily stroll through terminals. Discovering a problem for which the solution would create a much happier end-user is what I find incredibly fulfilling about design.
I want to design to improve lives. The medical industry is always evolving, but sometimes great ideas are poorly implemented. That is why I hope to pursue a future career that incorporates design and medicine. As an aspiring industrial designer, I am excited to use the design process to generate new ideas, refine them, and then turn those concepts into tangible products and services.
However, design is not my only passion. I have been a competitive fencer for the past five years. Through hard work, discipline, and commitment, I am now a member of Ohio State’s Division 1 fencing team. These achievements could not have been possible without the help of my mom, dad, younger sister, grandmother, and even my two dogs.