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.]


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


[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation is a reflective description of the artifact that attempts to communicate its significance.  For more information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

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.