Academic Enrichment

I am interested in challenging myself intellectually inside and outside of the classroom for the benefit of my personal and professional growth. Below are my goals regarding academic enrichment for my first two years at Ohio State.

  • Participate in a Reggio Emilia Study Group
  • Attend the University of Helsinki Summer School
  • Intern at the Schoenbaum Family Center



A Policy Problem

Through the John Glenn College of Public Affairs High School Internship Program I was able to be placed in an internship with a local nonprofit and enroll in Intro to Public Affairs 2110 through the Ohio State Academy. Below you will find an essay written for the public affairs course. We were tasked with researching any policy problem that was of interest to us and developing and comparing three potential solutions to the problem. I chose to research access to affordable and quality child care in our state.

The importance of the early years, specifically birth through five, is a topic I am particularly passionate about. Advances in technology and a growing need for change sparked much inquiry and innovation in the field of early childhood over the last few decades. Research has consistently shown how crucial early experiences are in effecting success and health later in life. However, despite the demonstrated importance, there is still a significant gap between research and practice. It is this gap that fuels my desire to advocate for developmentally appropriate practice in the early years.

Focusing specifically on Ohio’s affordable quality child care shortage was motivated by my participation in the Columbus Women’s Commission benefits cliff discussions regarding publicly funded child care. As my internship supervisor, Dr. Gina Ginn, is a commissioner, I was privileged to attend the meetings with her and an interdisciplinary team of other community advocates including representatives from Columbus Legal Aide, the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, Future Ready Columbus, and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.

Addressing the Lack of Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers in Ohio

My Fall 2018 John Glenn College of Public Affairs HSIP Cohort + Our Wonderful PUBAFRS 2110 Instructor, Aiden Irish

Leadership Development

I am committed to improving my leadership skills for the betterment of my personal wellness, professional development, and community. I believe that strong leadership skills are built on a foundation of self-awareness and self-reflection. My leadership improvement practice is grounded in strengthening my understanding of my self and my world. Below are my goals regarding leadership development for my first two years:

  • Become a mentor in my scholars program
  • Hold an executive position in a student organization

Service Engagement

As an Advocates for Communities and Education Scholar (ACES), I have made a commitment to serving my community. ACES provides me with many opportunities to complete service within my Ohio State and Columbus community as well as educate me about what effective service looks like. In addition to completing service work though my scholars program, it is my goal to pursue my passion for defending developmentally appropriate practice in the early years through direct service and advocacy. Below are my goals regarding service engagement for my first year:

  • Establish a relationship with a community organization where I can volunteer twice a month
  • Contact my legislator monthly
  • Become active in 3 student organizations, at least one professional and one service based

A recent Saturday morning spent volunteering at NNEMAP Food Pantry, located just a mile off campus – I’ve been driving by NNEMAP on my way to Gateway Film Center for years and never knew about the wonderful work they do!

About Me

Welcome! I’m Sophie, a Columbus native studying in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

After participating in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs High School Internship Program in the fall of my senior year, I knew Ohio State was the school for me and public affairs was definitely not the major. I’m now pursuing my passion for helping people reach their full potential through a major in special education with a specialization in early childhood education and a minor in nonprofit management. I am interested in revising the definition of education and the role “schools” play in youth development to create a system where all, not just some, can succeed.

I was motivated to pursue a career working with children and youth by my work in high school with local nonprofit, Columbus Early Learning Centers. This experience allowed me to see the importance of the early years firsthand and to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of early childhood education. I look forward to growing my knowledge of education and human development through my studies at Ohio State.

This profile serves as my portfolio of all my professional and academic ventures. Have any questions? Feel free to send me a message!