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.]

Artifacts

For my artifact I chose a picture of apples and honey. This picture is significant to me because it represents my Jewish identity, and how it has adapted since I have arrived at Ohio State. I grew up in a Reform Jewish family, and it has always been a huge part of who I am. I grew up in a very diverse area in Northern Virginia, but  the Jewish population was not very extensive. However, I have always been very proud of my Jewish heritage, and spoken a lot about it all my life. I was a big member of my syogauge and Sunday School from first grade all the way through sophomore year of high school, and continued going there through graduation. My temple always felt like an inclusive space, and I always felt welcome there.

Since being at Ohio State I have found new ways to express my Jewish identity. So far, in the Mount Scholars Program alone, I have met more Jewish people than I had in my high school of 2,000+ students. This has been super cool, because a lot of us are able to talk about and relate on things a lot of people do not understand. I have also become active at the Hillel Center at Ohio State, and am partaking in a fellowship there, and I have learned a lot through it. Lastly, my Judaism had adapted as well. I have always gone to the high holidays, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, at temple every year for as long as I can remember. These are the two most holy days in the Jewish year, and they are our new year and day of atonement. One of the trademark things of Rosh Hashana, the new year, is apples and honey, which is meant to bring in a sweet new year. This year I was unable to make it to temple for the first time in a long time, but me and a couple other Jewish people I met here did something special: we did our own Rosh Hashana. While we did not do a service, we ate apples and honey, educated others on the holiday, and celebrated our holiday. It was something really special, and something I will remember it for a long time.

About Me

Hello, my name is Owen Welz, and I am first year student here at The Ohio State University. Currently, I am a student in the College of Engineering, and am right now in the Engineering Physics program. I was raised in, and went to school in, South Riding, Virginia, which is about 25 miles west of Washington D.C..  I was very active in my community growing up, spending all four year’s of high school on my school’s football team, and I was also in Boy Scouts all my life, and earned my Eagle Scout. I also worked at a local restaurant, Velocity Wings, during my senior year, and competitively danced for eight years, from 5th grade to 12th grade, at a studio called Powerworx Dance.

Here at Ohio State, I am part of the Mount Leadership Society Scholars program, and am on the Recruitment, Outreach, and Welcome committee (ROW) for Mount. I am right now hoping to get involved in participating in 1-2 student organizations. While right now I am uncertain as to what I will do after college, I am excited to figure it out, and for the journey ahead of me!

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.]