Year in Review

Global Awareness

Being aware of and involved in the world around me has always been something I’ve always valued, but this year I took an honors sociology class that opened my eyes to the complexities of different social institutions around the world. We read books and original research about institutions such as the justice system and the family, and I was amazing with the different perspectives on salient issues like gun control.  I learned how different people are impacted by social institutions based on their age, gender, race, religion, etc.  Fortunately, this my family is taking a two week trip to Europe, and I will be able to really immerse myself in a different culture and perhaps see how or if the institutions in these countries differ from the one I have grown up in.  This year, I also became inspired to looking into studying abroad later in college.

Original Inquiry 

Over the past year, I have dedicated a great deal of time to exploring topics that I find interesting, whether it has been in a laboratory or simply surfing the internet.  For as long as I can remember, my grandmother has always had difficulty seeing and has been legally blind for a couple years now.  Frankly, I always just thought vision naturally worsened with age, and my grandma was just a bit of an extreme example.  It wasn’t until I began taking neuroscience classes in college that I began to understand the possible neurological impairments that underly deficits in vision.  Curious to learn more about it, I joined a vision laboratory at Northeast Medical University.  In Dr. Denise Inman’s lab, we studied different models of glaucoma in mice and potential treatments for the disease.  Now, instead of sitting in a lecture learning about the visual system, I was staining and viewing actual optic nerves under a microscope.   This hands-on experience taught me how an actual scientific study is run and gave me a perspective on the things I was learning that I never got by simply taking notes in class.

Academic Enrichment 

For as long as I’ve had control over my academic schedule, I have always made a point to challenge myself.   This past year was no different.  While a disproportionate amount of my time was spent drawing organic chemistry reaction mechanisms, I was also able to take a few neuroscience classes, notably psychopharmacology and neurological anatomy, that were extremely interesting.  I was lucky enough to take psychopharmacology with OSU’s incredible neuroscientist Dr. Wenk where we learned about the brain’s transmitter systems and the mechanisms and effects of the drugs that affect these neurotransmitters.  As frustrating and time-consuming as they were at times, these neuroscience classes left me absolutely amazed with the complexity of the human brain, and I am so excited for the next few years!


One of the most important qualities in any student, employee, or friend is the ability to lead.  This year I was lucky enough to incorporate the passion I have for neuroscience into tutoring students in behavioral and cellular/molecular neuroscience.  I worked with hundreds of students over the course of the year; some just needed a quick question answered, while others were confused and overwhelmed.   Being able to work with these students through the complexities of these classes was an extremely rewarding experience.

Service Engagement

As I finally settled into my sophomore year at Ohio State and began feeling at home in Columbus, I knew that I wanted to find a means in which I could serve my community.  Although attending a huge college in a big city provides countless opportunities to find service, I was determined to find something I thoroughly enjoy doing.  As I listened to a friend discuss her volunteering at the James Cancer Hospital, I was curious to see if I too would be able to integrate my passion for medicine in with my volunteer work.  I decided to apply and was lucky enough to be offered a volunteer position in the hospital.  While I am not watching surgeries or shadowing doctors, I get to interact with patients and assist them however I can.  It is incredibly rewarding when I am able to help an elderly couple find their way to an appointment or to direct a family to their loved one’s room.


Global Awareness: I will receive foundational global awareness through my general education courses, Religious Studies and Anthropology in specific.  I will translate this information outside the classroom by hopefully participating in a study abroad experience where I will immerse myself into a foreign country and unfamiliar culture to gain an even greater global awareness.  I will also gain global awareness specific to my field of interest, medicine, by taking part in a Medlife service trip to South America to bring healthcare to those most in need.  On a daily basis, I read newspapers and watch news channels in order to enrich my awareness as to what is happening in the world around me.

Original Inquiry: I will gain a better understanding of the research process by becoming involved in laboratories, both on-campus and in my home town.  I will also engage in original inquiry by taking specific classes I find interesting.  In addition, I attend office hours with various professors to gain a better understanding of their field of expertise.  Inquiry extends beyond the classroom and laboratory, and I will continue to be a curious person, asking questions about the way I see the world and engaging in others’ perspectives.

Academic Enrichment: I will continue to be an academically enriched student by being an active participant in the Ohio State Honors program, taking rigorous classes and challenging myself in new ways.  I will broaden my horizons and take classes I know nothing about to become a multi-faceted student with understanding in more than one field.

Leadership Development: I will continue to be an active member of Medlife and Nu-Ro-Psi and will work towards earning a leadership position in one of these groups.  I will also be a leader on a daily basis by tutoring my friends who are struggling in various courses and helping my little sisters with their studies.  I will continue to lead by example by making the right decisions and staying faithful to my personal values.

Service Engagement: I will continue to be a service-oriented man by actively seeking out those on the margins of society and those most in need and offering my assistance or friendship whenever possible.  I will participate in service trips to various countries and spend my time helping these people.  I will become involved with on-campus service groups so that I can serve those in my Columbus community.


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