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A large campus offers many advantages including countless opportunities to get involved and make connections. Involvement outside the classroom can help balance your academic life, develop leadership skills and expand your circle of friends.

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Take Your Professor To Lunch Program

Although our university is large, there are many opportunities to become better acquainted with our teachers. Sharing lunch and an informal conversation is a great way to explore educational and research opportunities, to identify or confirm your career direction, as well as build an educational relationship — an important factor when requesting a future letter of reference.

This program is student initiated with an undergraduate student inviting a College of Arts and Sciences teacher to lunch. Meal cards are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.

This program is temporarily unavailable. We’ll let you know when it restarts. Be sure to check your monthly undergraduate newsletter for an update.

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  1. To be eligible, you must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you are unsure, just check the eligibility guidelines below.
     
  2. Because funding for this program is limited, and we wish to extend this opportunity to as many undergraduate arts and sciences majors as possible, you may request a set of meal cards once per semester (once autumn semester and once spring semester) whether you dine alone with a teacher or as part of a student group.
     
  3. Invite a College of Arts and Sciences teacher to lunch and confirm a date and time that you will meet. To ensure we have enough time to process your request, please set the date at least one week in the future. This date must be finalized before completing the application. For spring semester requests, the date for your lunch must occur before the last day of spring semester final exams. If you are unsure whether your teacher is eligible, just check the eligibility guidelines below.
     
  4. Select a location that accepts OSU Dining Dollars. Please see the University Residences and Dining Services website for dining locations and hours. (Please note: the Blackwell Inn and the Heirloom Café in the Wexner Center do not accept OSU Dining Dollars.)
     
  5. Complete the online request form at least one week before your scheduled lunch. The online form is linked at the bottom of this page. Please see the note regarding availability of cards during summer term.

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  6. Registration is open during the academic year, autumn and spring terms.
     
  7. You and your teacher will be notified via email within one week. We will let you know whether the lunch has been approved and, if approved, where to pick up your meal cards – one for your meal and one for the teacher’s meal.
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Student Eligibility: 
The program is open to undergraduate students who are enrolled on the Columbus campus and who have declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences. You may request a set of meal cards once per semester (once autumn semester and once spring semester) whether dining alone with a teacher or as part of a student group. 

Faculty Eligibility: 
The teacher must be a member of the College of Arts and Sciences and teach on the Columbus campus. They must hold a position as a faculty member (professor, associate professor or assistant professor), an instructor, a lecturer or a graduate teaching associate (GTA) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Are you unsure? Check Find People to ensure your teacher is: 1) in the College of Arts and Sciences; and, 2) holds an appointment as a faculty member (professor, associate professor or assistant professor), an instructor, a lecturer, or a graduate teaching associate (GTA) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Where may I use the meal cards?

You may use the meal cards at any Ohio State dining facility that accepts OSU Dining Dollars.

Please see University Dining Services for locations and hours. (Please note: the Blackwell Inn and the Heirloom Café in the Wexner Center do not accept OSU Dining Dollars.)

What do the meal cards cover?

Each meal card may be used to purchase up to $10 in food/beverage. There is no time restriction so that you may choose to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with the teacher. Any expenses not covered by the meal card must be paid for by the student.  Card requests for spring semester must be used before the end of the term.

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Yes, a student group of no more than three undergraduate arts and sciences majors including yourself may invite a teacher to lunch. Students may participate in this program once per semester (once autumn semester and once spring semester) whether dining alone with a teacher or as part of a group. All students in the group must be eligible (see eligibility above) in order to be included. Information for all students will be required on the request form. This includes:

  • Full name
  • Arts and Sciences major(s)
  • Ohio State email address (name.#@osu.edu or name.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu)

The student who completes the online application will be responsible for picking up the meal cards for all approved members of the group.

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If you have questions, please contact Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs, at rottersman.1@osu.edu or 247-2566.

In order to be eligible, you must be an undergraduate student who has officially declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences and your teacher must be a teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The online application is open during autumn and spring semesters while classes are in session.

Between terms and for summer term, please email rottersman.1@osu.edu to verify availability of meal cards prior to scheduling your lunch.

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Coffee Connections Program

When meeting in-person isn't an option, we encourage you to virtually connect with arts and sciences faculty and staff members through our Coffee Connections program. 

This program is temporarily unavailable. We’ll let you know when it restarts. Be sure to check your monthly undergraduate newsletter for an update.

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To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate student who is currently enrolled through the Columbus campus and have a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences. This includes Columbus campus students who are taking courses in-person or entirely online. Unsure if your major is in the College of Arts and Sciences? Check this list of Arts and Sciences majors.

As long as you are eligible to participate and schedule a meeting with an Arts and Sciences faculty or staff member, you may apply for a coffee card. You do not have to be taking in-person classes or live near the Columbus campus. These coffee cards may be used at many locations across the United States.

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  • Pick your faculty or staff member and ask to meet with them during their regularly scheduled office hours. If you aren’t able to meet during those times, schedule a virtual meeting through CarmenZoom. Be sure to share the Zoom session date, time, meeting ID (full URL) and password with the faculty or staff member if you choose a virtual meeting.
     
  • After you have scheduled your appointment, complete this form to request your $5 Starbucks Coffee card. You will be asked to provide the name and department of the faculty or staff member you will meet with. We will copy them on your confirmation email so that they are familiar with this new program.

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  • We will email you information on your $5 electronic Starbucks Coffee card. You can use this to purchase coffee for your virtual meeting or use it at a later date — whatever is convenient for you.
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Because funding for this program is limited, and we wish to extend this opportunity to as many undergraduate Arts and Sciences majors as possible, you may request a $5 coffee card up to twice each semester (twice autumn semester including winter break and twice spring semester including spring break). Of course, you can meet with faculty and staff more often than this, and we encourage you to do so.

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  • Always start your email with a respectful request, such as “Hello or Dear Professor X.”
     
  • If possible, suggest a meeting during faculty members' regularly scheduled office hours. If you can’t meet during their scheduled hours, explain this and request to meet at another time.
     
  • Provide options for when you can meet. Remember, they are also very busy. The more flexible you can be with your time options, the more likely you will be to find a common meeting time.
     
  • Respect standard working hours. Only request a meeting that occurs Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
     
  • Be certain to thank them and sign your name. If you are in one of their classes, let them know which class.
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  • Share information about yourself that you are comfortable talking about. This helps them to get to know you. Where are you from? What brought you to Ohio State? Why did you select your major? What do you like to do outside of class?
     
  • Your conversation doesn’t have to be entirely about academic related topics. You can ask about books they’re reading, movies they’ve liked and places they’ve traveled.
     
  • Share what you’re enjoying about the class, what is challenging you, or what has surprised you. Ask specific questions about what you’re covering in class that isn’t clear to you.
     
  • Ask what other classes they or others in their department teach that are related to your interests.
     
  • Be certain to be respectful of their time and to thank them for meeting with you.
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“Getting to know professors was really important to me, and I’m fortunate I was able to have this program to be able to do that at a campus as large as Ohio State’s. I’m forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to connect with so many amazing professors here.”

Michael Caruso, strategic communication

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Peer Mentoring

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Mentoring other students is a great way to accomplish multiple career goals at once. You’ll gain direct knowledge about a profession that interests you, establish a working relationship with an Ohio State faculty or staff member who can provide you with a letter of recommendation, and obtain valuable experience for your resume.

Peer mentor experience is transferable to fields such as higher education/student affairs, counseling, advising and teaching. 

Specific skills you will develop include enhanced listening skills, ability to give effective feedback, management of referral information, and, in some cases, crisis management.

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Within the College of Arts and Sciences, you have many opportunities to mentor your peers. Here are a few examples: 

  • Students assist with resume reviews and use of Handshake as peer career advisors
  • Psychology majors serve as peer mentors for entering majors
  • Math majors tutor their peers at the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center
  • Honors students at the sophomore, junior and senior levels serve as a resource for first-year students in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program
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Handshake, part of the Buckeye Careers Network, is an online resource for Arts and Sciences students to explore a variety of positions for strengthening their resumes and for finding career employment positions when they get closer to graduating. 

Not all of the college’s peer mentor positions are posted in Handshake, so you’ll also want to contact your academic advisor about other opportunities that they might know about.

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Opportunities to mentor your peers beyond Ohio State also exist. You can meet with a career prep advisor in Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success to obtain assistance with finding a these positions, evaluating how an opportunity you’ve discovered might support your career goals, and preparing your application materials.

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