Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 20 November 2012 – The leaves are down and fall has officially arrived in Athens. With only three weeks left in this semester
I’m happy to say we are in the home stretch. Today is the last day of class before Thanksgiving break and I’m ready for the short break.
The final project for my Civil Engineering Experimental Methods class is due in two weeks and I’m excited about the open ended format of the project. The class is designed to give civil engineering seniors the knowledge to design and implement data acquisition and analysis systems on real world projects. Real world projects include structural health of buildings and bridges, highway loading and safety analysis, dynamic structural loading due to earthquakes, environmental monitoring and sampling of contaminated sites, or simple concrete maturity analysis. I and a group of three of my peers have chosen to review publications on highway loading and safety analysis. The project includes a peer review paper and a 15 minute presentation on our particular case studies. I enjoy public speaking and love presenting information pertinent to my field of study, so this project is right up
This fall isn’t only projects and homework, it’s also football season. I live with four other guys; our areas of study are civil engineering (me), engineering technology and management, middle childhood education, sociology, and chemistry. Despite our varied educational interests we can all still sit down to a good football game on Saturday, or any day of the week for that matter, and just enjoy the show. Although our Bobcats aren’t doing as well as I would like there is still plenty to be excited about around our house. I won’t mention team names, but two house teams are still undefeated. Let’s hope at least one team stays that way, I’d hate to see my 22 year old roommate cry.
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.
Senior, Computer Engineering
Athens, OH 15 September 2012 – This summer I did some vacationing in Europe and took online classes back home in Cleveland. I was only able to visit our Athens (not the Greek one) a few times this summer, and during those times I had to take proctored exams for my online classes. I did not have much time to really enjoy Ohio University culture and boy have I missed it. Being back at school feels great. Yes, I always miss my family and friends back home, but there is just something about being back at OU. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it has to be some sort of combination of the students, friends, professors, layout of the college, and the Ohio University atmosphere. It just feels like I belong here.
I moved into my new apartment a week before school started, and it is now very convenient to go to classes since I live right next to the engineering buildings. While I’ve been back I’ve been busy with schoolwork but have been able to make some free time to see my friends. It is always a blast to go uptown with them. A few nights ago one of professors was playing in a band up on stage at a local brewery. He played an amazing saxophone and we were all surprised and very excited to see him. It is always a good time in Athens whenever we go out.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 28 August 2012 – When the school year let out this past spring I was anticipating spending my summer vacation here in Athens. These plans became derailed for multiple reasons and I ended up spending my summer back home, away from Ohio University. After just a week or so away, I was eager for school to start back up so that I could be back here in Athens.
I was anxious to come back for a number of reasons. For one, this will be my final year as well as the final year for a good deal of my friends at the University. I have built great relationships with a number of people over my time here and I was ready for everyone to be back in Athens, for one final year, before we all begin our professional lives.
Another thing I was excited about was move-in weekend. I came back a week before classes started just to get a little dose of summer in Athens, but also to watch the awesome transition the town makes in a few short days. When I arrived there were no classes in session so the town was quiet and there were not too many people wandering around. Then came the weekend before classes began and you could see Athens make a transition that I am not sure too many cities make. It goes from a small-town atmosphere to booming with thousands of people overnight. There were new faces that looked lost and excited, and familiar faces I have seen for years flooding home to tackle a new year.
And that is what I missed most while away all summer. There are so many different people in this city, that it’s hard to go a day without meeting or talking with someone new. Yet at the same time, you can walk down the street and run into ten people you already know. So I guess what I am trying to say in all this is, Athens has been my home for the past 4 years and I am thrilled to be back for one more.