Career Plan

The conditions that are required for this position are that you must be a U.S. citizen, you must have worldwide availability, you must be able to obtain and maintain a TS security clearance, you must be between 18 and 59 years old at time of application, and that males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service. Skills in Teamwork, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Cultural Awareness, and Agricultural Knowledge in Agricultural and Food Security. Qualifications for education and experience include a graduate degree with at least two years of relevant experience, which one year must be in a developing country context that is related to agricultural or rural development.

My plan to reach my goal is to either join a fellowship program presented by the company or find volunteer experience. These fellowships provide work experience and funding for graduate school. Having a fellowship could gain me access to a more secure job at USAID. I could also find volunteer experience related to agricultural development to further my chances of gaining the job. To fund my graduate programs I hope to either gain scholarships or maybe take out student loans. Also if I join the Peace Corps and I volunteer more than once I could apply for the Coverdell Fellowship Program that could also pay for my tuition. I am hoping to attend the University of Oregon for my graduate school. I am going to aim for a Master’s degree in International Development.

I also this would like to join more organizations on campus to improve my skills and understanding of other cultural ideas. Taking classes that are related to my interest of what I want to do after college will also help me be more prepared for jobs that are similar to this one. Staying focused in college and keeping my grade and GPA up will also bring more interest to my applications. Ohio Stat also has many resources to become connected to peers and educators that could recommend me for jobs or provide me with job opportunities and internships. Gaining experience in college could speed up the process of being financially stable and will help me finish my career goals. Although this plan is very specific for what I attend to do, I will apply for more programs, schools and jobs because I know that rejection is inevitable and should be accepted. Having multiple plans will have you more prepared for the future and your career.

January Reflection

Although the semester has just begun, I have been enjoying ENR Seminar. I learned more about the causes of climate change and how we are able to start to change what is happening. We talked more about Nuclear power and how changing to this being our main power source will be great environmentally.Although I do not think this is the greatest solution, many of my classmates have given great examples that show a more positive outlook on the subject. The debate we had during the first class was very interesting and people gave great answers even when they were debating on sides they did not agree with. Being about to debate about certain climate change laws showed me how hard it is to try to change the world for the better. We are not able to cut out all the problems that have been caused without changing the way we live drastically. I have no problem with doing so but majority of the world or country will not agree with the challenges we would have to face to save our planet.Something I have learned about myself is that I love to hear other people’s opinions and being informed by others on subjects that I am not that aware of. I have struggled with trying to answer questions because sometimes I think my answers are inadequate because of my lack of knowledge. I am trying to be more open about my confusion or I even try to give an answer, but I try to be a little vague. This month I have achieved new friendships and I have learned more about my classmates and how they think. I love hearing how excited they get when they talk about situations that they are passionate about. I am more excited about this semester than I thought I would be.

Semester Reflection

My college experience has been a little wild these past couple months. It has mostly been challenging emotionally and mentally. Coronavirus has made my freshman year different then mostly every other class. I am still having trouble adapting to student life and my social life because of isolation and the difficulty of learning online. Although it has been getting better, I feel like I am going to have to adapt again next semester or next year. I know I could do better in school, but online classes make it harder, especially when you are switching school settings. I hope I get the hang of it by next semester. At the moment I really am not enjoying my college experience or Ohio State. The only thing I have enjoyed is being away from home and the drama present there. I do not enjoy my classes this semester because I am learning things that I don’t like, I don’t understand, or it is just boring. I have made friends but not many, and I am not sure I can really call them friends. I have enjoyed my job as a Vegetable Production Assistant at Waterman, it has been very calming and I am loving that I can help the community. Next semester I am taking classes that I think I am going to like and I am very excited about learning about my future career. This semester has not really felt like I am actually starting my life but I feel like next semester will. Ohio State was not my first choice for school but I really hope I can enjoy the campus and the experiences way more next semester. I have achieved a better understanding on how people view me and how I can change as a person. I have never really cared about how other’s see me, but I feel like if I can change my behavior then I can better myself as a person. I do feel like I am growing up and learning new things about others and myself and I am happy that I am. I also have achieved more information on what I want to do with my life. Although there are some gaps and holes in what career I want and how I am going to get there, I believe in the next couple years I will have it figured out. It is scary and exciting at the same time having to grow up and be independent, I have considered myself to be for a long time, but I haven’t really realized how much more I would have to do all by myself. My goal for the spring semester is to pass all my classes and enjoy my time being in college. I hope to gain new friendships and join new communities while staying connected to God. Another goal I have is to be able to gain the money to study abroad in Paris in the summer and that hopefully, the pandemic will allow it by dying down or go away.

Alumni Interview

For this project, I interviewed Andrew Wilk. Andrew was a former ENR Scholar who majored in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. He is currently a Master’s student working for Dr. Bill Peterman at the Ohio State University, investigating the effects of wildlife on the salamander community distributions in the Southern Appalachians. Andrew provided me with plenty of information on Forestry and Wildlife and how to maneuver through college successfully. Andrew provided with some interesting student organizations that I believe I would be interested in like, Student Chapter of Forest and Wildlife Society and the Forestry Forum. He also gave me some ideas of what classes to take that would like. He told me that Introduction to Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife and Soil Science are very essential to understanding more about the major and what this career leads to after college. He enjoyed the course Stream Ecology while he attended the Ohio State University for his bachelor’s degree. He also advised me to make sure I try to find an undergraduate internship because it will open many doors for me after graduation. He also said that if I gain connection, I might be able to use these people as references or someone who can help me find a job. I really enjoyed the advice to not accept unpaid internships, they are good but it is better to get paid for the work you have done. He gave me some advice that I believe I will take very personally, and that was to own up to mistakes and ask how to fix them. I consider myself a stubborn sometimes and independent for everything. But, we are young and new to many situations as we grow so it is always best to learn from your mistakes and keep them with you. He gave me some tips on how to prepare myself for an interview, I have been interviewed many times but not anything as serious as something I would like to be doing for the rest of my life.He gave four importants tips and those include: 1. Know your resume, they are going to be asking you questions about yourself and you should be able to answer them quickly. 2. Know the questions you are going to ask them, asking questions shows that you are interested. 3. Know what you are interviewing for, do not just go in there and wing it because you do not want to get yourself into something you are not prepared for. 4. Know what they do, this ties into Tip 3 but make sure when they ask you questions that you are capable of answering them. That is what my interview with Andrew consisted of, I really did enjoy his company and his advice. I will be keep everything he said in mind and apply it to my future. Thank you Andrew.

October Reflection

This month of ENR 1150 has impacted me a great deal. I learned more information about recycling that was very helpful to me. I thought I knew a great deal about what to recycle and how to properly go about doing it, but it seems that I was very uninformed. I learned that a lot of items aren’t recyclable in certain states and cities and that it varies for each one. It also makes it kind of heartbreaking because these cities do not have that any resources to recycle certain items and that leads to a lot of recyclables being thrown into a landfill. This month I also learned more about survival than I thought I did, they did not tell us these things in high school and growing up in the city does not put you in the situations where you will need it. I thought I knew a lot about what to do if you’re in a sticky situation involving your car or someone else’s car but driving school only teaches you so much. We were learning about how to use a compass this month and even though I understood some of what my instructor was telling me, I still struggled figuring out how to properly use it. I am not familiar with directions like North and South and even when he told us how to distinguish the directions I still couldn’t understand. I think I just need to read more about it and it will come easier to me. This month I achieved a better understanding on how to read a map and the different kind of maps that are prevalent. I also achieved better comprehension of longitude and latitude. I did not know what all of the numbers stood for and when I found out, I was so impressed and excited. This has been the best month so far in this class and I am excited to see what November brings me.

September Reflection

Something I learned in ENR Seminar this month was about how the campus has impacted and contributed to the environment. I never thought about the amount of energy it takes to run a university and how much we contribute to pollution. I also see the university trying to flatten the curve of pollution by using solar power, making many single-use items compostable, and providing greenhouses and farms to the students and the staff. This month I learned that I wanted to focus my career on development, specifically environmental development. After having conversations in class and researching what is going on in poverty stricken and low-income communities, I realized that there are people that care but not enough and I would like to change these living situations. These communities are the highest contributors and the highest amount impacted by climate change because they do not have the resources to change the way they live. If big businesses are not going to change then we have to find ways to make it happen. This month I struggled with trying to work my ePortfolio, I have been having difficulty since the very beginning. I am still trying to get used to my Macbook and I am also bad at understanding instructions, especially since they are online and hard to comprehend. My avatar would not publish when I tried multiple times and even now, my Artifact post was missing and I was very confused on where it had went. But you have to struggle before you succeed and at the end of the semester I think I will understand this platform more. This month I have achieved new campus resources and gained new social communities through ENR Seminar. This class has provided me with so much information and new experiences and I am very thankful for it. I really enjoy this class and look forward to the following months.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]