Year in Review

This first year was one of the best and toughest years I’ve had. First, by being so far away from home it was difficult at first to find my center and figure out my own path in a place where I didn’t know anyone. I learnt a lot about myself and my ability to seek opportunities out. I also realized I really like leadership as I joined ELI leadership cohort and absolutely loved it. I also learnt how to prioritize school, work, and friends a bit better and make the most of my time that I had this year. I learnt that overloading on work and trying to do too many things at once doesn’t help with time management so I know what to do next year. Reflecting back, I am really happy of how this year turned out and I can’t wait for next year because I think I finally have the hang of things and I can’t wait to branch out and make use of all the opportunities that college has to offer!


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Generally, I’ve always had a love for culture. I think it is such a unique and integral part of a person’s personality, mindset, and upbringing. As I am very involved in my culture and its practices back home, it was really nice when I was a part of a few organizations on campus, like Inaayat which is the premier classical dance team on campus to keep in touch with my love for my culture and dance. Even though I was unable to continue due to an injurty caused from another dance performance, the experience I gained from the dance team really enriched my love for not only my own culture but for other people’s as well. In the future I really do want to dedicate time to learn more about different places and their customs so that we will be better able to understand each other and our different perspectives. Maybe somewhere in that discussion, we will find solutions that will bring us all together and be able to better accept differences in thought and practice.

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Academically, I feel that HSS really provided me with the tools I needed to succeed in my pre-med classes by hosting review sessions and providing a community in the dorm with other pre-med students. It has really made all the difference and I feel that in some cases I’ve learnt more from my peers than sometimes in lectures because having that personal connection with a friend and figuring out concepts together is not only helpful but it also makes it more memorable.

Leadership has always been a big part of my dreams and it’s been something I’ve been striving to get better at, especially in college. Being a part of the DLA (Dean’s Leadership Academy) is possibly one of the best decisions I’ve made in college. I’ve been able to have a whole new perspective on who I actually want to be in the workforce and trying to actively sort out what my values and goals are and how I am going to achieve them. It has also made me more aware of my weaknesses and in which settings do I need to voice my opinion more or assert myself more. By constant reflection and creating a culture of self-improvement I definitely feel more confident in leadership roles as well as confident in knowing where I lack and consciously working on being more present, attentive, active, and a better listener. It has also enabled me to think bigger, especially in terms of my extracurricular, I constantly try to find ways to reach to more people, make the program better and more inclusive. That way, I’m really happy at how many opportunities there are at Ohio State and how much I’ve grown and how far I’ve still got to go.

Service is a big part of campus I have realized. This year, I really tried to get involved with service and giving back to the community. So many groups across campus really get involved with giving back to the community and it is really rewarding to take part in their events and help out. I really liked being a part of MLK day of service so much that I joined Pay It Forward to be a part of more events like that. I feel that everyone should come to college with the mindset to give back and that is definitely the vibe I felt from everyone around me during the service days.


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About Me

Subhakeertana Sivakumar is currently a first-year Neuroscience undergraduate student at The Ohio State University and is a part of the Health Science Scholars program on campus. At Ohio State, Subha hopes to be involved in research opportunities involving either cognition and brain mapping or involving the study of progressive diseases. Subha has a love for meeting new people, talking about new cultures, learning new languages, cooking, exploring, and making people smile. She is excited to start her journey of learning new things at Ohio State this year!