My first semester at The Ohio State University has been an absolutely incredible experience. Everything that is done at OSU is done with pride, and that is shown in the classroom, on the oval, at the football stadium, and everywhere on campus and in Columbus. Not only have I learned more concrete knowledge in my classes, but I have also learned a lot about myself. I made a lot of my friends through the Biological Science Scholars program and it has helped me get involved in the campus community, as well as planning out relevant courses and extracurricular activities to help me succeed as a pre-med student.
Volunteering at The Wexner Medical Center continues to be a rewarding experience and I have built great relationships with the medical staff, nurses, and patients there. I look forward to volunteering there every week and I learned so much about the “behind the scenes” workings of a world wide known hospital. I work in the endoscopy operation recovery unit as an assistant to the nurses by cleaning out and preparing rooms and medical beds for the patients to recover after their operation. In addition to volunteering at The Wexner Medical Center, I also intend to get involved in research earlier on in my college career.
Coming to campus, I immediately got started on a Kosher Dining Initiative. I keep Kosher to an extent, and when I saw there was an absence of accessible Kosher food I got into contact with the Dining Services here at Ohio State. The Dining Services were so appreciative and helpful. Because Ohio State prides itself on being an inclusive campus, I knew that bringing Kosher food to OSU would only inline with the values of the University. With the help of other students like me who also keep a level of Kashrut, and with the help of a student in the Under Graduate Student Government, we were able to being Kosher food to campus in November of 2017 for the first time. Jewish Students and Faculty, and anyone who has interest, is now able buy Kosher food at the Union Market in the Gluten Free section. An OSU Dining plan can be used as well. This accomplishment was definitely a highlight for me in my first year at OSU.
I continue to run weekly and I have started to train for the Cleveland Half Marathon in the Spring. Running is not only great for your physical health, but it is also great for your mental and spiritual health. I intend to continue to train for half marathons and cross train by swimming and biking too. I look forward to train for marathons when I settle down in my future career.
Overall, this semester has been going very well and I look forward to take advantage of more opportunities that Ohio State offers. Go Buckeyes!