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My freshman year at Ohio State can only truly be embodied by one word: growth. My freshman year was not as successful as I had expected, and that is okay. I had an extremely successful high school career that left me somewhat unprepared for college. The curriculum in college was much more advanced and I found that I had to build proper study habits, rather than relying on my natural abilities. After a few bad grades, I learned to begin utilizing office hours, study sessions, and pretty much any available resource. Upon moving in, I had a difficult time finding a home in this very different city and finding where I belonged. Moreover, I found myself dealing with two family deaths, which left me unfocused and unable to work. That is why I believe my year was one of growth. I had to explore my own abilities and learn how to let my hardships build me rather than break me. I relied on the amazing friends I made through HSS and still had a wonderful year. I joined two dance teams, one of which I am now an e-board member of, and various other clubs that reflect my interests. While my first year was challenging, I believe it was beneficial and has set me up for a successful next three years.
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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: My TA and peer mentor Carson Herron is graduating this semester with a major in psychology. She is taking a year to work before applying to medical schools and possibly graduate schools. Like me, she has found herself having many interests and explained to me that many of the classes and skills acquired for medical school are also valuable in other fields. She explained to me that while the MCAT and all of the other prerequisites for medical school are challenging, they are even more rewarding. Carson switched majors her junior year but still graduated on time, as she has worked diligently each semester and applied herself to a career pathway that she knows will provide her with much opportunity. As a TA, Carson helped me navigate my way through HSS and my freshman year.
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: In such a large and diverse community, service opportunities are not hard to come by. Throughout my freshman year, I took part in a diverse set of volunteering events. Within my own scholars community, I helped create Valentines Day cards for children a Nationwide Hospital. I also had the opportunity to volunteer with Dunn scholars at their annual triathlon. My job consisted of checking in participants and guiding them to the proper location. Working with another scholars community helped me understand the different ways you can be involved in your own community and how your passion can be translated into your service projects. The brunt of my work has been completed at a local animal shelter. As an environmental science major and student considering a career in veterinary medicine, working with animals is not only my passion but provides me with beneficial experience. At the shelter I often clean the cages of animals, many of which have disabilities or are ill. Cleaning the cages while also taking care of the animals while out of their cage has taught me how to work with animals and nurture them based on their specific needs.
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I am currently a first-year student at The Ohio State University, however, my high school credits have allowed me to begin taking classes to accommodate my major, which is Environmental Science. I am also on a pre-med track, and while many may not initially see a connection between my major and track, they do often go hand-in-hand. I want to base much of my studies and research on how the changing climate and conditions of the earth allow for the spread and emergence of illnesses, and of course, how to combat these negative effects. As far as my life outside the classroom, I plan to try out for dance teams, which will allow me to continue my passion for dance for over 14 years now. I also joined plenty of service and conservation clubs, which allow me to not only study but experience the things I am passionate about firsthand. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and was surrounded by a family of physicians, cardiologists, therapists, etc. As a family, we organized plenty “health fairs” where we obtained donations and volunteers in order to provide free medical services to the uninsured. This might have been where I first realized how much I enjoyed helping others. Thus, I have chosen to combine my love for the sciences and service by pursuing a career and lifestyle that strives to benefit others and create ideal lifestyles for others, as well accommodating my thirst for knowledge.