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Mapfre Stadium

Columbus Crew vs DC United

On September 30, 2017 myself and some other STEM EE Scholars were able to attend a Columbus Crew game at Mapfre Stadium. This experience was significant because I had never been to a professional soccer game before. The atmosphere was electric. To see and experience the passion of the Crew fans was quite amazing. I will remember the nonstop calls of “Glory to Columbus” that lasted throughout the match. The match ended in a final of 2-0 with the victory going to the Crew. Attending this game allowed me to experience some of the passion and love for soccer that exists here in Columbus. I was also able to meet some new people in STEM EE Scholars that I previously had not been acquainted with.

During this experience, I learned that it’s important to have a passion for something. That passion can be directed in many different ways and areas, just as long as it is true and valid in it’s practice. Growing up, I always loved the game of soccer, and seeing this atmosphere in person was a complete change in my perspective on the sport.

One thing that I can take away from this event is the practice of passion. I hope to exercise the same passion for my studies in the STEM field as was shown at Mapfre Stadium on Friday night.

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 information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


Two facets of the G.O.A.L.S. that I believe are most relevant to my success throughout my next four years at Ohio State are Original Inquiry and Academic Enrichment. Original Inquiry falls under the category of research and other inquiry projects both inside and outside the classroom. Academic Enrichment falls under the category of a rigorous and diverse amount of coursework. In the coming years, I plan to demonstrate and live out both of these facets in my everyday academic experience.

Original Inquiry speaks to me because I plan to do undergraduate research here at the University. I think research can be very valuable in the pursuit of a major especially in the STEM field. This is because many times the standard course work does do a particular topic justice and the expansion of the topic can lead to valuable discoveries and accumulation of knowledge. I plan to major in chemical engineering and I believe research in this field can be very valuable in finding new processes and methods to be put in to practice in the field. The importance of research directly relates to the facet of Original Inquiry in that one can expand their own horizons through questioning and investigating a topic further.

Academic Enrichment is another facet of which I believe will correspond to my time here at Ohio State. This is because I take pride in the academic challenges that are placed in front of me as a chemical engineering major. A good work ethic is important when taking on the challenge of rigorous coursework. This semester I was enrolled in 17 credit hours. This was a difficult task but I have since learn how to balance the workload and that, I believe, embodies the facet of Academic Enrichment perfectly. I plan to take a wide variety of courses for my general education classes. This is because I believe that a full education includes learning in all subject areas. This is important because it can broaden ones knowledge to different fields of study than just their major. Academic Enrichment means taking full advantage of the education available to you and I plan to do that during my time here at Ohio State.


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This past Saturday I attended my first Ohio State Football game with a few friends and some fellow STEM EE Scholars. The game had a kickoff set for 4:00 PM when the buckeyes planned to take down the terrapins from Maryland inside the Shoe. The atmosphere was electric as I participated in the various chants and cheers. At halftime, I was wildly impressed by the marching band’s boxing match themed performance. At the end of the game, the score read 62-14 buckeyes. It was quite the show.

This was a great experience for me as I have never been apart of such an enormous fan base like the one at Ohio State. Going to the game and experiencing the great amount of school spirit firsthand was encouraging for me. Up to this point, I never had a large amount of school spirit. I now am acquainted to such a massive following, and I’m glad to be right in the middle of it. This game, along with many first I’ve experienced since I’ve arrived at Ohio State, have helped me to become more comfortable on campus and as a first year student. After seeing the effects of strong school spirit at the game, I hope to become more involved in school spirit groups and show a little more school pride on a daily basis.

About Me

Hello, my name is Thomas Waters. I am a first year undergraduate student currently studying engineering within the STEM EE scholars program. I chose to apply for STEM scholars because of my interest within the math and science fields. I entered the university as an engineering undeclared student and I am hoping to decide on a specific engineering path by the end of this academic year. I currently have the most interest in pursuing a major in chemical engineering.

I grew up in Lakewood, Ohio which is just outside of Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie. Throughout high school, I took great interest in both my math and science classes. However, it was when I took a BC calculus course that I realized my passion for problem solving. I chose engineering for a major in hopes to takes the skills that I’ve learned and developed in math and science and apply them to real world problems.

Outside of academics I love sports. I enjoy playing and watching them as well as reading about them in all forms. I love competition in general so for me it doesn’t matter what sport I’m following I enjoy them all. Although I enjoy a wide range of sports my favorite is soccer. I am currently on the indoor club soccer team here at the university as well as an intramural team.

As far as career paths go I am still looking to find what I might enjoy doing. I hope to answer this question through my time in the STEM EE scholars program and through my time as an undergraduate student in pre-engineering. This E-portfolio is a collection of my experiences and growth during my time at the university.