My artifacts for this year are my wonderful roommates. I came into college not knowing a soul and naturally I was completely terrified. But then I met my roommates and things started to change for better. They quickly became some of my best friends and we do basically everything together. They are all truly amazing and I’m so thankful I got to know them. Truly one of the best things about my college experience. Also, I couldn’t forget our super adorable roommate Clyde the leopard gecko! 🙂



The term G.O.A.L.S. was adopted by the Ohio State University’s Honors and Scholars program to serve as a reminder of what we, as students, should be striving for. Each letter stands for a concept that the University finds important. Utilizing all of these concepts will help create well rounded individuals that will make not only the Buckeye Nation proud, but also the world. Here I will outline what each concept means to me.


G: Global Awareness

To be globally aware means to be curious and open about the world around you. Everyone is different and those differences deserve to be celebrated and embraced. I am proud to say that Ohio State is brimming with diversity and that is what makes it so unique. We are known for being an huge community that touches every country and every continent and they legacy could not have been achieved without being globally aware. I came from a small town where everyone thought and looked the same. I had never been exposed to real diversity until I came to this University. My time in college has provided me with a desire for knowledge of others and an appreciation for culture.

O: Original Inquiry

To me original inquiry means that you should never stop questioning the world around you. Nothing new or exciting happens from being complacent and excepting things for how they are. As a student, and more importantly a life long learner, we should always be questioning why, how, and what. This University has the resources to solve millions of questions whether it be through research, creative expression, or education. Original inquiry is a reminder to use them every chance you get.

A: Academic Enrichment

This one might seem obvious and rather simple at first, after all we are in college pursuing an education. That in itself is academic enrichment. However, this concept is asking us to dig deeper. Academic enrichment is a reminder to stop and think about why you are here. Why are you pursuing an education in the first place? It’s easy to put your nose to the grindstone and forget what you came here for. In my case I came here to follow my passions which include animals, equality, and science. I desire knowledge for these things and these things are driving me to my future. For me, becoming a veterinarian is the goal and I have chosen to pursue things I love to get me there. I am so thankful for the opportunity to gain knowledge through higher education.


L: Leadership Development

I have a burning passion for leadership. I love to challenge and better myself as a leader. It is honestly one of the most important things to me. My love for leadership is a huge part of the reason that I chose this program because I knew it had something to teach me. I was extremely involved in high school and I knew things in college were going to be different. The biological science scholar program helped open the door for me to become involved in other things including the Animal Welfare and Behavior Club and ROMOPHOS. As a scholar I know that I am held to a higher standard. I am expected to be a leader, in fact I was selected because I had the potential to be one. The beauty of leadership is that it isn’t a one size fits all. It comes in all shapes and sizes and because of this my quest of becoming a leader will never be truly finished. I am learning every day and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I have met some truly amazing leaders and they inspire me to be a better version of myself each and every single day.

S: Service and Engagement

The most valuable thing you have in this world is your time. Because this is your most valuable possession there is no better gift to give. I personally believe that is only right to give back to your community and to those in need. The best way to do this is through service. Treat others as you wish to be treated. In terms of engagement, a community is a wonderful resource to have for several reasons. It always you to network and the bigger your network is more opportunities you will have. Secondly, relationships are important for social well being.

Year in Review

I am just a few weeks away from completing my first semester at The Ohio State University! The time has simply flown by. Throughout this semester I have learned a lot and experienced a lot. Firstly, I made some truly amazing friends including my lovely roommates (who might just be stuck with me for life). I learned that college is tough, but it is not tougher than me. I know that with work and dedication my goals are firmly within my grasp. I also learned that no matter what life throws at me, I will always have people here to help me through. I’m so glad to be a part of the Buckeye community and I can’t wait to see what next semester has in store for me.

Year in Review

These two pictures were taken at the North Campus Scholars Tailgate. At this event I got to spend some quality time with my roommates, who also happen to be my best friends. I’m so thankful that Biological Scholars has led me to both of these wonderful ladies! I also got to meet people from other scholars program and I learned about what they do in their programs.


G.O.A.L.S is a mnemonic used by The Ohio State University’s honors and scholars program to provide an outline for participating students to follow in order to achieve excellence. Each letter stands for specific section of character and when they are all combined, the result will be a well-rounded individual.

G stands for global awareness. O stands for original inquiry. A stands for academic enrichment. L stands for leadership development. S stands for Service Engagement.

Of these five sections, I have been particularly working on two of them: Academic Enrichment and Service Engagement. In the realm of Academic Enrichment, college is a big adjustment that comes with huge difference in education and expectations. I have been working tediously to overcome this adjustment so that I can be successful academically, while also forming habits that will make me a life-long learner. Service has always been extremely important to me because I think there is nothing more powerful than donating your time in order to help others. I did a lot of volunteer work in high school and through Biological Scholars I am able to continue to serve others.


Currently my long term goal is to become a veterinarian. I hope to attend Ohio States veterinary school.  I have a grand interest in food animal medicine and reproduction and would like to pursue a specialization in either of those areas. I am also considering pursuing a Master’s Degree in cattle behavior and welfare.



Attached is a copy of my current resume.




For my artifact section I have chosen an object that means a lot to me.

The picture of the Medina County Fair pin represents hard work and determination. I have been a life long resident of Medina County and have been attending our local fair since I was born. At the age of nine, I decided to enroll in a local 4H group. Through 4H I took on several projects including still exhibits and over 7 different animal projects. Over the course of 10 years I gained an immense love and appreciation of agriculture. Along with this love I also learned the some of the hardest lessons a child has to learn. I learned about loss, determination, respect, leadership, responsibility, community, passion, compassion, showmanship, citizenship, and more. All the while, I thought I was simply just having fun, but looking back I have realized that 4H has shaped into the person I am and for that I will always be thankful.


About Me

Hello, everyone! My name is Ashley Stroud and I am a first year student here at The Ohio State University. I intend to major in animal science. I am also working toward a molecular genetics minor and a dairy science certificate. Currently, I am a member of the Biological Scholars program, the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Welfare and Behavior Club, and the PASS program. My long term educational goal is to earn my doctorate in veterinary medicine.

I come from a small town called Spencer, Ohio and I live on a farm with around six different species of animals. I attended Black River High School. My most memorable achievements/ moments during high school included: giving my salutatorian speech at graduation, and taking part in community service activities. Some of the community service activities I was apart of were: volunteering for the American Red Cross, raising funds for the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation and the Jeremy Cares Foundation, participating in an animal therapy program to help those in need, and several others.

I am an avid lover of learning and I am so excited to see what the my time here at Ohio State will have to offer. Go Bucks!