Columbus Adventure with Peer Leader Group

On Monday February 5th, my peer leader group and I went to the local restaurant Chop Shop. We started by meeting in the lobby of our dorm, Drackett Tower, and walking over to the restaurant. Chop Shop is located to the north of campus on high street, so it was not a bad walk. After arriving, we got our table and ordered our food. I ended up getting the Western Burger on a gluten free bun. I enjoyed the meal, and thought the Chop Shop was a pretty good restaurant. In the future, I would recommend it to my friends.

From talking to my group members, I learned about the experiences other freshman engineering students have had and the different opportunities they have gotten involved in. I learned that Savannah participates in the Air Force ROTC program, that Kaylee is currently working at an internship during this semester, and that Scott is pursuing electrical engineering. Overall, I had a fun time getting to know my group members, and I am glad that we had this time to talk.


Top 5 CliftonStrengths

  1. Futuristic – Inspired by the future and what could be. I am excited for the potential future of the fields of technology and city and regional planning.
  2. Achiever – Have a great deal of stamina, work hard, and take great satisfaction from being busy and productive. I am a goals oriented person, and I feel best when I have structured my time and am working accordingly.
  3. Context – Enjoy thinking about the past, and under the present by researching its history. I am interested in modern history, and I especially like to understand how things came to be the way they are.
  4. Learner – Have a great desire to learn, want to continuously improve, and enjoy the process of learning. I greatly enjoy learning, and a good amount of my time is spent reflecting in order to try and better understand the concepts I face in my day-to-day life.
  5. Intellection – Characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussion. I greatly enjoy mental stimulation, and I enjoy challenging my cognitive abilities.

Year in Review

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Columbus To-Do List

For my Columbus To Do List, I have chosen to explore the local food favorites of Columbus. I am the most excited to eat at Portia’s Cafe, because I have Celiac disease and a dairy intolerance, and Portia’s has a diverse range of gluten and dairy free options. I am especially excited to try their waffles, quesadillas, and dairy-free cheesecake.

From engaging in my Columbus To Do list, I hope to gain experience navigating urban environments, and I hope to learn about all of the cool and unique restaurants in Columbus. Also, I would like to become more acclimated with the city in general.

Experience 1 – Ted’s Montana Grill (Arena District)

Recently a group of HES students and I traveled to downtown Columbus to eat at Ted’s Montana Grill. I realize that Ted’s is not necessarily a local food favorite of Columbus, but it provided us with a great opportunity to explore the depths of downtown as we checked out the arena district. I ended up getting the Bacon Jam Bison burger and it was really good.

From my trip to Ted’s, I learned a few valuable things. First of all, I learned how to navigate the COTA bus system, and I learned that the #1 bus will take us from Torres hall all the way to the arena district. Also, I learned that Ted’s is not actually in the Short North, but that it’s right outside of it, within the financial district of Columbus.

I would definitely recommend going to Ted’s, and I would also recommend exploring the surrounding area.

Experience 2 – Condado Tacos (Short North)

Condado Tacos is an amazing restaurant located in the Short North area of Columbus. While there I tried both their chicken and their carnitas tacos. Both were good, but I definitely enjoyed the carnitas more than the chicken.

I would certainly recommend Candado’s too a friend, and I hope to go back in the near future. One interesting aspect of the restaurant is that you do not order through a waiter, but rather, you fill out a sheet of paper with your desired order, then give it to a bartender to place your order. It was different from what I was used to, and it was a nice change to have so much freedom in choosing my meal. Also, I was surprised when I saw how packed it was after the Michigan State game. Overall, I enjoyed my time there, and I hope to go back soon.

Experience 3 – Basil Thai (Short North)

Basil Thai is a nice little restaurant tucked away in the Short North district. It is a little hard  to find, but upon entering, we were welcomed into a warm and lively environment that set the tone for an enjoyable meal. I order the chicken red curry, and I was not disappointed by the flavor of the dish. I greatly enjoy Thai food, especially curry, and Basil Thai provided us all with a good meal.

I went to Basil Thai with four of my friends from HES over the veteran’s day weekend. We had a nice time walking around the Short North, and although it was fairly cold, we were able to successfully navigate the COTA bus system to avoid the weather. in the end, we had a good night, and I would recommend Basil to any of my friends. I hope to get their curry again soon.


Overall,  I had a very good time exploring Columbus, and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to see the Short North. My favorite experience from my to-do list was eating at the Basil Thai restaurant. Not only was I able to eat an enjoyable meal with my friends, but I was also able to try some delicious Thai food that stood up to all the other curries I have ever tried. Also, by venturing out into Columbus, I learned more about both navigating an urban environment and effectively using a public transport system.

Looking ahead, I would now like to attend a Columbus Blue Jackets game to further gain a feel for the city. I believe it would be a very fun game to watch, and it would also be my first time seeing an actual NHL game.

Lastly, if I had to make any recommendations to a friend who wanted to explore Columbus, I would recommend starting in the Short North because it is a dense and exciting area, and becoming comfortable with Google Maps because it can be very helpful for finding smaller restaurants and lesser known stores. Also, the COTA transit system is connected to Google Maps, so you can find bus stops, locations, and times through the app. Anyways, I am excited  to continue exploring Columbus, and I hope that I am able to find just as good of restaurants through the rest of the city.



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Artifact 1

My first artifact is a water color painting I purchased while  studying abroad in Costa Rica during my senior year of high school. The artifact is important  to me because it not only reminds me of the wonderful experiences and adventures I got to share with my classmates, but also because it reminds me of my interest in travel, and the value of embracing new, exciting, and diverse experiences. Also, I enjoy paintings, and its a fitting addition to my current collection.


Artifact 2

My second artifact is a post card of “Dance (1)” by Henri Matisse that I purchased from the New York MoMA over fall break. Like the Costa Rican watercolor, I appreciate this artifact because it reminds me of the fun adventures I have had, and it reminds me to continue to be adventurous. Also, I really enjoy the painting, and I feel that it adds a nice sense of atmosphere to the decorations of my room.

About Me

I am from a small neighborhood located in the downtown area of Lexington, KY. I attended a traditional high school for my freshman and sophomore years of high school, before transitioning to a math and science focused high school, the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, for junior and senior year. While attending the Gatton Academy, I was able to take a wide variety of undergraduate level math and science courses through the Western Kentucky University. I also had the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research in the field of biophysics. I worked under the mentorship of Dr. Sanju Gupta, within the WKU Department of Physics and Astronomy, to investigate the electrochemical properties of graphene quantum dots. This project lasted for three semesters, and from that experience, I learned how to operate an atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope. I also was able to present our research findings at three conferences.

I am currently undecided within the College of Engineering, and I am interested in either Industrial and Systems engineering, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering. Looking forward, I would one day like to work in either the field of city and regional planning, the field  of environmental conservation, or the field of technology.

I have enjoyed the time I have spent at OSU so far, and I am excited to delve deeper into the field of engineering.