Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 2 December 2013 – Coming from a small school where I had gone my whole life, I had no idea how I was going to be thrown into living in a dorm with a bunch of strangers. I hadn’t had many opportunities to make new friends, and even then it was always on my own terms. As it turned out, dorm life would be one of my favorite things about school.
I lived on East Green my freshman year in a freshman honors dorm. The floor I lived on was divided into boys and girls. I had a roommate (fashion design???) and my half of the floor shared a bathroom (cleaned daily!). After about a week of hiding in my room and talking to my high school friends on the internet, I was soon brought out of my shell, and that first quarter (before the switch to semesters) was better than any of my expectations. My whole floor became one big family. We were always spending free time in each others’ rooms, going to meals and events together, and staying up late watching movies and building blanket forts. Even my roommate and I were total opposites but we still got along well. Four years later we still have “2nd floor reunion” dinners and catch up on each others’ lives.
It’s my senior year and I am still living with two of the girls from my freshman dorm. I have met so many cool people at OU between marching band, my classes, and other student organizations. As a Bobcat, I really do feel a sense of family with everyone at Ohio. Even so, my college dorm friends are some of the best friends I’ve made and we definitely plan on staying in touch after graduation.
Junior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 24 October 2013 – The rock climbing wall here at Ohio University may just seem like just another rock climbing wall at any other school, but it really is not. See, people who aren’t regulars at this second home of mine may seem to miss out on the community we have settled closely in the Ping Center. Friends of all ages and years of school come together and have a great time together and work out and rock climb.
Sometimes school gets stressful, and when it does there is always a cushiony place to fall into, and it’s not that rubber padding at the bottom of the wall. In fact, it’s the people who are there for you the entire way up that plastic rock climbing hold covered wall. I have to say that most of my friends outside of my engineering courses have been made here, and they are all wonderful.
Here at Outdoor Pursuits, there is not only a rock climbing wall. There are plenty of hidden adventures any student can go on if they’d like. There’s anything from back-country backpacking trips to canoeing adventures to even rock climbing expeditions. For anyone who would like to get their fix of outdoor adventures while still managing to be successful in school, Outdoor Pursuits is the place to go.
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 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.