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.]

My First Week at OSU!

I initially came to The Ohio State University early by participating in Buckeyes First. This is a program created for first-generation college students. Being a part of Buckeyes First definitely gave me a head start in all aspects of attending college. I got to know the campus well before everyone arrived, I met my dorm OAs and RAs, I learned many different things about finances, academics, and networking, and I had the opportunity to make connections with peers with similar backgrounds and experiences with me. Needless to say, it was a privilege to take part in it!

My first official week at The Ohio State University was pretty tame. It was a week filled with syllabi and recitations. My classes are mostly studio art classes, so I wasn’t anxious about buying textbooks as everyone else was. I only had to purchase one textbook, and I did so by purchasing an e-book off of Amazon; it was only $18. The rest of my expenses were spent on art supplies that I would need for class. Though, I already owned a lot of the materials because art has always been my passion.

There were plenty of activities offered to new and returning students alike during Welcome Week. I went to a few of them, but I think the most fun I had during the first week was getting to know the people in my dorm. There were a lot of awkward moments involved getting to know these complete strangers, but as time passed, the awkwardness became normalized and eventually turned into friendships! I met a few people just like me who don’t necessarily like to go out and party every night. We prefer to stay in or go out to do intimate things. I already found myself a gym buddy, who is basically the same person as me, except Croatian. I even got to go to her sister’s house and meet her cats; I was in heaven. My roommate, also, is a very sweet and excitable person. I was relieved to have a roommate that is easy to get along with! She’s offered me so many snacks, I’m actually blessed.

The one thing that was very unfortunate was that the toilet in my wing malfunctioned and flooded our floor. Yes, it got into our room. It soaked a lot of my clothes that were laying on the floor, and it ruined a lot of my canvas boards that I had just paid for. It also ruined the large rug that my roommate had brought to the dorm; we got it cleaned for free, but it was still ruined when it was returned. These things really pissed me off. The week after that it flooded again. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again.

About Me

My name is Ratsanee Uthipratuma, but everyone calls me “Nee” for short and convenience! My intended major is Studio Art, and I plan on specializing in the Art & Technology program. My academic interests include anything art related, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, linguistics, and many more. Some goals I have set for myself these four years at The Ohio State University are to make my mark in the art community, get to know people of all kinds, and to learn more about what I who I am as a person. I consider myself a highly empathetic person, so I am able to connect with others on an emotional level easily. When it comes to making art, I am quite the eccentric. I can never stay still when it comes to art; I’m always bouncing around! Finally, I love cats with a burning passion.