From working at a startup in Tel-Aviv to studying in Morocco to gaining experience with health care in China, Ohio State students kept busy during the summer months: Summer "break" was a time spent exploring the world and learning through experiences -- research projects, service, internships and study abroad.
Click through the interactive map to see how some Buckeyes spent the summer.
Through an athletic department scholarship, Colley experienced the culture and history of different regions in Africa.
This student-athlete's summer consisted of safaris, cave paintings, elephants, leopards and zebras.
Colley traveled to South Africa and Zimbabwe for the Culture and History of Southern Africa Study Abroad Program, thanks to a scholarship through the Department of Athletics. Meeting new friends who became family and experiencing the culture, society and history of the region, he says he was "truly blessed."
“Not only did this community welcome me, it inspired me. Everyone I met was polite and welcoming. In a township of more than a million people, everyone looked after each other.”
Cron traveled to China to work with biomedical optics through the Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial scholarship.
One of the best ways to learn the ins and outs of research techniques? Surround yourself with incredibly intelligent Masters and Ph.D students. That's exactly what Cron did in a lab at the University of Science and Technology of China.
Cron worked with biomedical optics in China, helping develop a 3D eye model that could be used for testing.
“These experiences gave me such valuable research experience," she says. "They taught me how to think like a researcher. I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel to China. I made lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories.”
Learn more about Cron's trip here.
Dahir traveled to Morocco, where she learned about Moroccan people and culture.
Visiting the Royal Library and the Parliament and experiencing the history, politics and culture of Morocco is what Global May Morocco is all about.
When Dahir reflects back on her experience, one word comes to mind: growth. In Morocco, she immersed herself in the culture.
"I learned about how I interact with people, cultures, foods and languages I am unfamiliar with," she says. "Far more importantly, however, I learned to recognize and live within our common humanity. I am grateful for the opportunity to have lived in Morocco and to have seen the deep history and rich culture of the Moroccan people."
Davidson spent his summer in Israel -- two different trips, two different experiences.
Davidson took not one, but two trips to Israel this summer, both fully funded by Birthright and Onward Israel.
Davidson interned with MobileOCT, a startup in Tel Aviv. MobileOCT is working to develop technology to turn mobile phones into cancer-detecting devices.
“I wrote a literature review for the company's investors and clients, assisted in clinical trials and researched additional medical applications for the company's medical optics technology," he says. "On the weekends I took Hebrew classes and explored. I grew personally, spiritually and professionally and can now make a mean Shakshouka, a signature Israeli dish!”
Davis received three Ohio State scholarships to fund her study abroad trip to Africa.
From eating warthog and impala to hearing the sounds of lions and monkeys at night to touching the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Davis describes her summer in Africa as the "journey of a lifetime."
Davis's summer started in Harare, Zimbabwe, and ended in Johannesburg, South Africa, through Ohio State's Culture, Society and History of Southern Africa program. She spent 31 days in eight different cities, immersing herself in the African culture.
“Every step of the way, my eyes glimmered in amazement because I was in a space so vastly different than America, yet I felt so comfortable.”
Annelise Del Rio
Thanks to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Honors Collegium, Del Rio spent the summer in Panama.
NOAA Hollings Scholar Del Rio spent her summer in the Panamanian forests and wildlife as part of the two-week study abroad program, Tropical Ecology Panama. During her time there, she learned how to conduct field experiments, went on class hikes and practiced her Spanish skills.
“It was a wonderful experience. We saw many beautiful landscapes and interesting animals. I learned a lot about tropical ecology and how research is conducted in the tropics, which is directly applicable to my zoology major and career goals involving research. I am very grateful for the financial assistance from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion that helped make this trip possible.”
Dominguez studied abroad at Dalian Medical University in China.
Thanks to Ohio State's Field Experience in Global Public Health: China and the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program stipend, Dominguez ventured to China to take a Maymester course at Dalian Medical University.
While studying abroad, Dominguez says, she experienced an amazing country through the help of Ohio State.
“The experience was one of a kind. Seeing how another country handles important health issues will definitely make me more informed as I enter the field of medicine, and I learned a lot about Chinese history, culture, and their government.”
With fellow students, Jagger traveled to Honduras and blogged along the way.
In Honduras, Jagger helped serve the Honduran food systems community. Her takeaway: Even when people speak different languages, there are ways to positively communicate with each other.
“One of my most memorable moments was the day we spent in one of the local barrios (small village) working alongside the women making 400-plus tamales that they then sell for a small amount of income that goes to any woman that comes and helps with the process.”
Read more from Jagger and other fellow Honduras bloggers.
Jones's Costa Rica service-learning project gave him an opportunity to improve his Spanish skills.
For 12 weeks this summer, Jones worked at a social service center, helping to coordinate low-cost health care for the poor. He spent his summer serving the Costa Rica community with Ohio State’s International Studies Abroad ELAP; tasks included helping patients check in to medical offices and get ready to see doctors.
“Learning about how people benefit from social services in a different country makes me feel prepared to work closely with social service offices in the United States when I start my career. It was also amazing to meet native Costa Ricans who knew of the Buckeyes. This proved to me that Ohio State's reach really is global!”
Leeper worked at English-immersion camps in Spain and learned what it's like to grow up in a place outside the U.S.
Leeper took on Spain for two months this summer, working at two different summer camps teaching English.
From improving her Spanish to experiencing the culture in rural and urban Madrid, she loved learning about how children grow up in Spain. And as an anthropology major, she took interest in native perspectives on the new king, politics and the economic crisis.
“I have had an amazing experience learning more about how to teach in a classroom setting, and I'm excited to use what I've learned when I go to graduate school for education. I've gained so much from this trip!”
Norman was first nervous to leave his comfort zone and make the journey to Brazil, but in the end, the journey was more than worth it.
As the World Cup was getting ready to kick off, Norman took his longest trip abroad this past summer – to Brazil.
Through this trip, he was able to experience a foreign country in a way that he couldn’t in a classroom setting. Brandon explained that during one of his classes, a lecturer broke down in tears, really capturing the emotions of the people. And although nervous to make the journey, he’s never been on a trip “so fulfilling and educational.”
“Traveling to a foreign country put me outside of my comfort zone, but through this experience I was able to grow and learn more about the world around me. It was hard to say goodbye, but I know it is more of a temporary farewell because I will definitely be going back in the near future.”
For Sandel, studying a critical language was his ticket to explore the world.
Within a month of leaving the U.S., Sandel was dreaming in another language.
This summer, he traveled across the world for intensive study of Persian-Farsi and Persian Tajiki. And thanks to the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS), his trip was fully funded through the U.S. Department of State.
“After about a month in Tajikistan, I have seen my language abilities skyrocket. For the career I desire, (critical) language proficiency is a huge plus and almost a requirement. So the ability to have a lengthy and intensive study and an in-country experience will be a great.”
This summer, Scherer took her love of volunteering and helping others one step further than she had before.
Scherer originally thought her summer would consist of the usual classes, research and skydiving. But with a suggestion from an Ohio State professor, she jumped at the chance to travel to Guatemala to see how she, as an engineer, could use her skills to help solve real world problems. She later returned to Guatemala to pilot a STEM Education program.
“Experiencing volcanic hikes, flooding rains, and an earthquake after only three weeks in Guatemala, I have realized that the world is constantly changing. But while teaching here in Panajachel, I have also realized that as a woman in engineering I too am changing the world.”
Learn more about Mary's summer in her blog.
Tan traveled to India this past summer to broaden her knowledge and skills in the medical field.
Public Health Perspectives: India helps students learn more about public health and sociology through the kaleidoscope of Indian society, and Tan seized this opportunity.
Thanks to the John F. Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship, she spent her Maymester in India at Manipal University. Her experiences in India will continue to help her grow in the medical field.
“Through hospitals, research institutes, villages, schools, historical landmarks and religious sites, I was able to observe the important interplay between health in the community and the social determinants that affect it. I am excited to revisit these memories as I continue on the journey of life and also in the medical field.”
Beverly ventured to St. Joseph, Missouri to work with Habitat for Humanity on the construction of a home for a family in need. This trip was made possible through the student organization SERVitecture.
Through the Harvard School of Public Health's Fostering Advancement and Careers Through Enrichment Training in Science Program (FACETS), Braun was able to pursue his interest in public health this past summer. While in Boston, he attended classes, volunteered with "Take The Test Boston" to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and met with Massachusetts state representatives.
Tenney traveled across Europe this summer as part of the World War II Study Abroad Program through the Department of History, and received the Friends of History Scholarship. He began his trip in London, and they followed the path of the Allies through the invasion of Europe.
As a summer day camp counselor, Cole worked with a group of 5- to 7-year-old girls, showing them around the Columbus community.
From extreme “trust” exercises to high ropes courses, Gerlach spent her summer at UT Dallas working as a Team Leader for the academic camp SuperCamp. As a part of this camp, she fostered strong relationships and learned the skills and confidence to become an effective communicator and leader.
Sean Robert Jepsen
Jepsen traveled to Africa as part of the Francophone Africa: Between Tradition & Modernity study abroad trip in Senegal. Always wanting to travel to Africa, he was immersed in the Francophone West African culture and even overcame his fear of flying long distances! He returned to the U.S. with a sharpened perspective of world affairs, societies, languages and cultures.
Various Ohio State faculty and students
Ohio State faculty and students traveled to Ethiopia as part of the One Health Summer Institute. Among the activities Ohio State students conducted were spay-neuter surgical training to reduce the stray dog population and training local veterinarians, sampling camels to track a deadly parasite, and interviewing faith healers, health workers, and leaders for a business plan to eliminate rabies. Faculty taught courses in dentistry, optometry, public health, veterinary medicine, neonatal resuscitation, pathology, infectious diseases, and ethics.
Third time's a charm? This was Butso's third time studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea, spending his summer with the Korean Immersion Program. Throughout this life, he has been drawn to Korean community and plans to join a Christian music ministry in Seoul after graduation.
Fote spent six weeks in Spain with six other Buckeyes at Fundación Jose Ortega y Gasset. Living with a host family, she took classes for her minor during the week and explored different areas in Spain during her free time.
For a month, student-athlete Lazur spent her time on the coast of California. She was selected to participate in the Selection Camp for the Under 23 U.S. Rowing Women's National Team. She practiced multiple times a day and met other girls from universities across the country, and although she was not selected for the team, she learned an incredible amount about herself, the sport and what it means to be a Buckeye.
Poeppelman got glimpse of the real world as a full-time student working in the tax department at Ernst & Young. After receiving a scholarship from E&Y, she was offered a full-time internship with the company and was just recently offered a full-time position after she graduates from Ohio State. Throughout the summer, she was able to get hands-on experience, develop her professional skills and create lasting relationships with her coworkers.
Zygela had quite the summer. He participated in the Economics of Immigration service-learning course in May, building homes as part of a community cooperative program. Shortly after returning from Mexico, he left for another study abroad program in Italy to work on his Italian skills.
Through Bodey's connection to The Ohio State University Extension, specifically the 4-H program, she spent her summer in the nation’s capital at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center as a Program Assistant for their Citizenship Washington Focus Program. While in this role, she led tours around the Washington, D.C. area as well as educational workshops.
Mbemba traveled to New York City for the first time this past summer, and it was all because of his presidential role in the student entrepreneurship organization, CoStart OSU. Through the Technology and Commercialization Office (TCO), he was invited to attend an entrepreneurship conference discussing best practices for preparing university students and alumni for startup careers.
Mullins studied at James Cook University this summer, after receiving two research grants and additional funding, to complete her honors research thesis. During her time in Australia, she honed her lab techniques and worked with field veterinarians to help with different procedures and field surgeries. She now has a better understanding of the research process and plans to apply for a research fellowship grant.
This summer, Bruggeman got a taste of the real world and what life is like after college. She worked with the Lean Center of Excellence team at her internship with GE Healthcare.
Through engineering career services and Engineering Career Expo, Bruggeman learned about different summer opportunities and companies that could help her grow. While at GE Healthcare, she focused on improving material flow in different manufacturing sites.