Trying a Student Org!

Walking through the student involvement fair as an already overwhelmed new college student was not a relaxing experience. Texting my friend to meet up with her so I wasn’t walking around alone while simultaneously trying to navigate my way though the endless wave of club tables and other confused students, also not a relaxing experience. But overall trying to find and choose a few clubs that I could really see myself getting involved in, terrified me.

I walked past table after table trying to find something I was interested in. It took me awhile to figure it out but I realized that the oval was organized into sections and that I probably wasn’t going to find the club for me in the section for Asian culture clubs. Once I found myself with a friend, and in a section with clubs I could find interest in, I was able to put my names down for a few clubs, things I could really see myself doing. There were a few other clubs I saw but ended up walking past due to the crowd sanding there or that if my friends kept walking I feared I would loose them forever in the deep sea of people. One of the clubs I walked by was Ukulele Club, which seemed really cool.

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This is a picture of the ukulele that I have and I love it so much. It is probably one of my favorite possessions. PC:

I have played the ukulele since my freshman year of high school but I’m not really a big fan of playing or singing in front of people which explains why I passed on it at first. But hours and days passed and I kept thinking about Ukulele club and I realized that this was probably something I wanted to do if was I was thinking about it so much

Once I realized this, I looked up the club and emailed the president of the club. She responded quickly and in the same humor that I used in my email and gave me the info on the next meeting. I was very excited to go but also very nervous as I was going to arriving alone and I would know no one there. Spoiler alert: it turned out okay. I walked in and sat in between two people who turned out to be very nice and I also talked to the girl in front of me for a while before we started playing.

I really liked going to the club because I was able to meet a bunch of new and cool people and we all had the common interest of playing the ukulele! I really liked the student leaders in the club, they had a very relaxed environment which matched a lot of people in the clubs vibes as well. I could definitely see myself being a leader in this club, I really liked all the leaders and members of the club and they were very relatable.

Coming to this club once a week will have to take priority when I am thinking oftime managment because this is only for one hour once a week so I will have to keep in mind to not push things off until Thursday nights.

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at ukulele club and I will definitely be returning.


Academic Support

Like many kids coming from high school to college, many of us have never asked for much help on school work. Unless it was a quick question from a teacher , a writing lab for college essays or an ACT tutor, I had never really gotten outside help before. At least thats how it was for me; I never sought after much help as high school classes didn’t seem to challenge me to a point where I felt like I needed a tutor or an extra layer of help.

New things and transitions came in college, and with that I had many changes in my study habits, work ethic and entire schedule. Ohio State has so many good resources we as students can use to help us get on track and stay that way. When I started learning things in my calc class that I had never learned before, it- shockingly- became much harder for me to keep up and understand everything that was happening in a lecture with over 200 students. Luckily twice a week I have my recitation class where I am able to be in a smaller group and ask more questions and get direct answers. Even then- the class is only an hour and my TA will have lots of work to get though and cannot always get to every question or spend lots of time on each one. When I found multiple questions in my homework that I was unable to even start the process of how to complete the question – thats when I knew I should try the MSLC (Math and Statistics Learning Center) to get some extra help and attention to get all my questions answered and make sure I have a good grasp on all my material.

Because I had never really asked or received help like this before I was kind of scared to go and especially to go so early in the year I did feel kind of weak. This did not stop me from going though because I knew that receiving a lower score on a test or quiz would be even more ego- damaging than getting some extra help.

First off what I used was the website of the MSLC. On the website I was able to find my specific course (Math 1150) and was able to find an Exam 1 “review guide” which comes in perfect timing for my first midterm next week! Once I complete many of these problems I will have a grasp on what I do and do not know and will have a list of example problems that I need help on.Image result for cockins hall osu

Cockins Hall- where my Math lab is located Pic creds

I think that In the future I would love to be a tutor. Starting even in middle school I started doing some tutoring programs. I did a peer tutoring program for my math class as well as tutoring elementary aged kids in math when I was in middle school.

Overall the resources at Ohio State are here for us to be able to improve ourselves an do the most we can to be sucessful.

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 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 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 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.]


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About Me

Hello everyone! My name is Irene Young. I am currently a freshman at The Ohio State University and I am double majoring in Psychology and Computer Information Science.

I have always had a specialized interest in math and science, taking many advanced math and science courses throughout middle and high school. As I got older, and was able to take different non-core classes, I discovered Psychology and Computer Programming. When I found these I was very excited to learn more, which is why I decided to further my education and study them here. Another academic interest I have is in the Spanish language and culture. I started leaning the language in middle school, and never stopped taking classes. Once I was in high school, I joined Spanish Culture Club, and stayed with it for 4 years, being an officer of the club for 3 of those years. A few other hobbies I have special interests in are playing ukulele, spending time outside, cooking and baking and making art (painting, ceramics and drawing).

Outside of school I have many interests. For all four years of high school I was a part of ski club, which met once a week in the winter and skied at the hills nearby. I was also in show choir crew for 4 years. Crew is in charge of costumes, set and technical execution. During the season, which is during the months of January- March we have a competition every weekend where we travel somewhere, normally in Ohio, and compete against other show choirs to win. During the off season and during the season we met once a week for normal practice. This became a large part of my life and had my interest grow in the performing arts and the backstage technical aspect of it all as well. Throughout high school I also worked at a vegan restaurant where I learned a lot about time management and responsibility.

Completely separate from my school year, over the summer I work at a jewish overnight camp. I grew up going to this camp, and the open and silly environment is where I think I really formed who I am and was able to find myself and  discover who I want to be. Nearly all of my friends from camp do not go to my school and this has helped me make connections in my community at home as well as when I go new places. The judaic aspect has also made a large impact on me, from the jewish friends I’ve made, to the jewish values I have learned about, to weekly shabbat services and traditions, it has helped me grow my jewish identity as well as strengthening my sense of self overall.

I think having a diverse area of actives and interests is important so that you can be a flexible and unique individual. Overall, my experiences have made me who I am and they are all part of me whether I continue to participate in them in the future or not.