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What is STEP?

 Written by    December 14, 2018

Ohio State loves acronyms! STEP stands for the Second Year Transformational Experience Program. If you’re a second-year living on campus, you can opt in for STEP. This means you’re signing up for …

  • 1-1.5 hour meetings each week with your STEP cohort, led by a faculty member, who will be your STEP advisor
  • 3 PDCs, Professional Development Co-Curriculars (similar to First Year Success Series Sessions)
  • going to the STEP Expo, held twice a year, where previous STEP students present their STEP signature projects

… in return for up to $2,000 to go to the project of your choice!

In my STEP cohort, we took values assessments and personality tests, researched projects and finally wrote our personal statements. I enjoyed meeting my STEP advisor and new people in my cohort. I learned more about myself throughout the process and was able to develop academic, personal and professional goals.

There are six categories of what a STEP project can be:

  • Creative and Artistic Endeavors
  • Internships
  • Leadership
  • Service-Learning and Community Service
  • Education Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Two of the most popular ways to use STEP funds are to study abroad or to pay for food and housing to intern in another city. But the opportunities are endless, and STEP encourages you to you be as creative as you want.

I plan to use my STEP funds to study abroad this May in Italy! I would highly recommend STEP to second-years. If you want to learn more, check out their website or visit their office in Morrill Tower.

You even get a nifty spiral-bound STEP handbook! (PHOTO BY KAPCAR)

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