Semester in Review

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!

Scholars Tailgate

On September 23, 2017, I went to the Biological Science Scholars and Stem Scholars pancake breakfast tailgate. It was a warm Saturday morning and the gathering was held at the Raney House on North Campus. Because it was right before the UNLV game, everyone was really excited and dressed up for the big event.

One of the more unique attractions at the tailgate was “Chris Cakes,” a company who makes great tasting pancakes right in front of you. People wait in a line about five feet away the cart, and they toss you a fresh and hot pancake with their spatula. You need to catch the pancake from the air with your plate (picture). In the beginning, I actually dropped a pancake, but by the end I was a pro. Authentic orange juice, coffee, and lemonade were provided. I played corn-hole and there was a raffle there as well!

From this experience, I gained a huge sense of community within the Scholars Program. I played corn-hole with people who live on my floor, but whom I never associated with. Now we are great friends and I always make sure to stop by their dorm to say hello. The Scholars event was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the free breakfast!

About Me

Hello, I am Jack Spero from Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. I am in the Biological Science Scholars Program and I am very excited for this upcoming year!

Because my name bears a resemblance to “Jack Sparrow” from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, many friends have called me “Captain Jack.”  So I won’t feel uncomfortable if you called me that once in a while!

I am currently majoring in biology pre-medicine because one day I would like to become a pediatrician to make sure children are living and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Children are our future and I believe one of the greatest ways we can positively change our society is by investing in our children today.

Over the past three summers, I was a Water Safety Instructor and lifeguard at Beachwood Family Aquatic Center and I love teaching children how to swim and be safe in the water.

I also love the sciences, especially biology, and I am enthused to start learning and experiencing education at the collegiate level.

Just as I want children to live a healthy lifestyle, I myself try to live one as well. In High School, I was Captain of the Varsity Boys Cross Country team and I am still an avid runner today. My goal is to run marathons, especially the Boston Marathon!

In addition to enjoying running, I also like music and dance. I was a dancer for eight years and even went to New York City to perform two times and take classes at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey. I was a percussionist and section leader in my high school’s concert band, jazz band, and drumline as well. I was also director of my high school’s Variety Show and choreographed a dance and played drum cadences in it.

In high school, I was President of a Bnai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) Chapter, which is a youth group for young Jewish men and women.  My involvement provided an opportunity to learn more about my Jewish heritage, connect with people from all across the country and learn how to lead an organization.

All in all, I am very proud to be a buckeye at The Ohio State University. I look forward to give back to the community and gain experience through classes, volunteering, research, and extracurriculars. Go Bucks!



Global Awareness: As a declared Hebrew minor, I am learning about my own Judaic background as well as the unique cultures and diversity that exists in Israel today. I also plan on taking Arabic courses and interning abroad over the Summer.

Original Inquiry: Getting involved in research is a high priority of mine. During first semester, I took a class called Research and Career Opportunities in the Life Sciences, where I learned about the vast research opportunities at Ohio State. I also plan to get involved and choreograph a dance for my BuckeyeThon Team, a dance marathon fundraiser for childhood cancer at Ohio State.

Academic Enrichment: As a biology major, I will be taking many rigorous preparatory medicine classes. I addition to science related coursework, which I will need for a future career in medicine, I chose to minor in Hebrew because it is a humanities. Being able to relate and communicate with people is equally as important with medical knowledge.

Leadership Development: I joined BuckiPac, which is a student organization that works to educate and inform student and congressional leaders about the importance of the U.S.- Israel relationship. I am also working alongside the Undergraduate Student Government to bring kosher food to on campus dining locations to improve the dining experience of kosher observant students and faculty.

Service Engagement: I am currently a weekly volunteer at The Wexner Medical Center working in the Endoscopy unit. I also volunteer monthly with Biological Science Scholars and plan to keep on giving back to the community throughout my college career and throughout my life.

Steps For Sarcoma

On a bright and sunny September 17, 2017, Connor Gregory and I volunteered for Steps For Sarcoma, which was the biggest 5K for Sarcoma in the country. This was my first volunteering event with Biological Science Scholars.

We were both stationed on a different part of the course. Our job was to cheer on the runners and walkers when they past us. The most amazing “artifact” about this experience was how the participants thanked us as we were cheering them on. At these moments, I truly felt like a part of the Columbus community.

Many participants were wearing homemade shirts and I saw that they were from all parts of Ohio. It was amazing to see that they traveled fear and near to come to this event. Some participants were wearing a “survivor shirt” to tell everyone that they or a family member or friend was a survivor of Sarcoma. Supporting cancer survivors is very important to me because I have Grandparents who have either had cancer or who have lost their lives to cancer.  My mom is a cancer survivor as well.

Although what we did that day was small, it made a huge impact on the participants and helped the Steps For Sarcoma 5K Planners and event coordinators. I chose this picture as my “artifact” because it captures how happy Connor and me were to be involved with Biological Science Scholars, Steps For Sarcoma, and the greater Columbus and Ohio Community. Plus, we got to meet Brutus Buckeye for the first time!