Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 10 December 2013 – The weather in Ohio is always changing. A few weeks ago, right before Thanksgiving, it was snowing so bad people were afraid to drive home, last week it was so warm people were in shorts, and then fast-forward to today and the snow is back. The constant change of the weather is one of my favorite parts of living in Ohio and being at Ohio University.
We have such a wide range of traditions at OU for each type of weather. When it is warm out the students flock to South Beach, which has basketball courts, volleyball courts, and large fields to utilize in whatever way you want from laying in the sun to LARPING. When it is snowing, most people love to take whatever rectangular shaped object they can find to one of our many large hills and go sledding! There is never a dull moment in Athens, there is always something to do, no matter the weather.
My favorite thing to do when it is warm out is to simply walk around and admire how beautiful our campus is. There are so many trees and so much interesting architecture, you always find something new to enjoy. One of my favorite parts of the winter is people watching. Whenever there is snow on the ground the pace at which people walk instantly decreases. I am constantly entertained by the connection you seem to have when strangers, friends, and I are all slipping from class to class together.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 20 October 2013 – I want to share the experience I had as a junior moving off campus and the choices I had to make. My freshman year I made great friends in my dorm and also made great friends in the classroom through several engineering classes. Even though I had great relations with the friends in my dorm, I decided to move off campus and live with the friends I met in my engineering classes.
I still continue to have great relationships with my other friends, but I have to say I’m glad I made the decision I did. As engineers, we decided to choose our off campus housing close to the ARC and Stocker Center, where most of our engineering classes are held. We are really happy we started looking early in our sophomore year, because we were able to find a place close to the engineering facilities. I have found that studying and doing projects in the ARC with my roommates, rather than in our house, have kept us better focused and more motivated. I have appreciated the support from my engineering roommates especially during difficult and time-consuming periods. Both living together and working together at the ARC have built wonderful friendships.
Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 17 November 2012 – Despite what the warm weather this weekend may have you believe, there is no denying that autumn has arrived in Athens. And with this new season brings an almost completely new culture with it. I believe autumn is when this campus is at its best. The trees that surround this beautiful campus change color and make it appear that much more mesmerizing. Not to mention, the cooler weather finally gives me the opportunity to break out my denim jackets (don’t judge).
Of course when people think of fall semester and Athens, the image that is usually pushed to the forefront is Halloween weekend. Well, I’m here to say that although Halloween weekend is incredibly fun, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. I love to hike and the weather this time of year is great for it. I took the picture below on a hike at Stroud’s Run State Park, which is not far from campus.
I’m a huge sports fan and what better season for sports than autumn? You get the baseball playoffs, the thick of football season, as well as the start of the basketball season. And it just so happens that Ohio University has a great football team as well as an impressive basketball team. It’s a surreal sight when the stands are packed for a home football or basketball game. The entire community comes out to show their support and cheer on the Bobcats. I hope to make it to as many basketball games as possible this year.
Athens, OH 11 November 2012 – With the temperatures changing and leaves turning, I can tell fall has arrived in Athens. Growing up here, I have seen many fall seasons come and go and it by far is one of my favorite seasons–second only to winter, when the campus gets a nice blanket of snow.
With the season now in full force, my friends and I like to get together and have backyard aviation bonfires and hang out with each other after a long day of classes and flying at the airport. It is one of the best ways for me to unwind after dealing with homework and projects throughout the semester and it helps me keep up with my friends throughout the college. My friends and I will also get together to go skating at Bird Arena during one of the recreational skating session throughout the week when we have free time. We’ll go to the front Room in Baker Center afterword for hot apple caramel cider and warm beverages after a couple hours of skating around.
Finally, my favorite thing that’s great about the fall season for me is getting to go fly and see all of Ohio’s hills and landscape from above to see the trees’ leaves turning while practicing flight maneuvers around the Athens area and southeastern Ohio. For me, getting to see all the landscape in a way that most students don’t ever get to see is something that really makes a major like aviation flight amazing and makes me look forward to my future career as a professional pilot.
Senior, Computer Engineering
Athens, OH 22 October 2012 – My new favorite place to eat near campus is called Grinders. I’ve been at Ohio University for four years, yet my first time eating there was only a few weeks ago. It is just a small restaurant/bar that is right across the street from my apartment (extremely convenient).
The first time my friends and I went to free wing night (Wednesdays) we tried to eat as many wings as possible. We ended up getting 12 wings apiece and all we had to pay for were drinks. After that we made Grinders wing night a tradition. We love the free food as well as the pool table that’s available for us to play on. It’s going to be a great place to unwind midweek during the school year.
Last week we went to wing night–as usual now–and sat down getting ready for our wings. Only this time we noticed that as they were being handed to us something was written on the bottom of one of our paper plates. We had won a free pizza! So not only did we fill up on wings that night, but we got a free large pepperoni pizza. Needless to say it was a good day. I can’t wait to go again this Wednesday and check under all of my plates for that free pizza. If I win there’s an eighty percent chance that I’ll share the pizza with my friends.