G.O.A.L.S is an acronym for six concepts that further students’ success. The ‘G’ stands for Global Awareness. This is the understanding and openness of differences around the world. ‘O’ stands for Original Inquiry. Original Inquiry is the search and curiosity for knowledge. The ‘A’ is for Academic Enrichment. This is the hunt for different ways to learn, such as research. ‘L’ stands for Leadership Development. Leadership can be developed through many activities, including internships. Finally ‘S’ represents Service Engagement. This is being active in the community and helping others through volunteering.
The two facet of the G.O.A.L.S that I feel most connected to are Original Inquiry and Service Engagement. Original Inquiry connects with me because I feel a personal drive for knowledge. I know that I will be a life time learner, always seeking to understand the world around me. This is easily seen through my internet habits; I watch many educational YouTube channels in a diverse range of subjects from Physics and Math to Woodworking and Civil Engineering. It is exciting to learn new concepts and then see those concepts in my everyday life. I learned through YouTube that Civil Engineers have to account for the expansion of soil when designing buildings and other structures. This is something I didn’t know and allowed me to view the world from a different mindset. Service Engagement is also very important to me. Currently I am volunteering through W.O.W. a program that allows OSU students to travel to local unprivileged elementary and middle schools and demonstration different Science concepts. W.O.W. is an amazing program as I get to help spread an excitement for Science. Spreading this curiously and love for Science and other topics is important because the next generation is able to further are understanding of the world and bring improvements to society.
In the future G.O.A.L.S. will still be important to me. I will continue to learn and search for new ideas during college. Additionally, I am planning to volunteer for W.O.W. the rest of my college career. However, I will graduate college and will most likely move into an industry job. This change will allow me to apply the G.O.A.L.S in a different way. I will continue to learn to stay competitive in my job and may even go back to school to further my knowledge. In addition, I hope to inspire others in the future to discover STEAM. STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. I will complete this dream by servicing my community and volunteering with organizations such as Girls Who Code and Engineering for Kids. These organizations focus on spreading original inquiry in kids through service.