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Senior Year Coming to a Close

Marissa Singley

Marissa Singley,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 March 2014 – As my senior year comes to a close, with only 5 weeks left in the semester, I realize that choosing Ohio University was the best decision I have ever made. I admit, it was one of the hardest, but it was definitely the right one. Leaving home is never as easy as we all pretend it will be, but this school has granted me with so many opportunities to shine and grow into the person I wanted to be; the person I have become. It is where I call home, and now we all are leaving home again.

Not only is it one of the most beautiful places (Just look at that engineering building!), but there is no doubt in my mind that I have met some of the most fantastic people here in Athens.

Stocker Center

This includes my roommates, my neighbors, my mechanical engineering friends, coworkers, and even my professors. I have been able to make lifelong friendships and connections here that have truly been astonishing.

As I look back on the memories I have made from freshman year until now, I really can’t believe that I am graduating. There is so much to be thankful for as I look forward to a new adventure in my life. Without the support of my OU family, I would not have been able to accomplish all that I have. I am grateful to all those who have come into my life in the past 4 years.

Crazy to think how such a small town can have such a large impact on an individual’s life. Believe me when I tell you, coming to OU was the best decision I have ever made and I have all the success stories in the world to prove it.

Taking Time to Play with my Band

Daron DiSabato

Daron DiSabato,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 06 March 2014 – To escape the stress of our engineering coursework, many students in the Russ College (including myself) have hobbies and other activities that we partake in outside of the classroom. For me, I am practicing musician and recording artist. For the past nine years, I have been actively involved in a Columbus-based rock band called Playing To Vapors. Consisting of my best high school friends, we fall into the alternative/progressive rock genre akin to the likes of Radiohead, Minus the Bear, and My Morning Jacket. From live performances to studio recording, we immerse ourselves in every part of the music making experience—-writing, recording and performing all original material.

Playing to Vapors Live

As a student of both electrical engineering and audio production I am frequently asked how audio/music and electrical engineering are related. It may seem that the two are polar opposites; however, recording a professional sounding record requires a deep technical knowledge of acoustics, recording equipment and analog and digital signal processing.

A true recording engineer not only understands the qualities that make a great song but must fully understand signal-processing equipment such as equalizers and compressors to properly manage frequency balance and transient content in a recording. Many of concepts which are developed through electrical engineering courses are also important in the audio world, including gain, frequency response, sampling, bit depth, feedback, filtering, signal-to-noise ratio, and many, many more. What electrical engineering has brought to my audio background is a greater knowledge of these concepts and the ability to apply my technical know-how directly to my work as a recording artist and musician.

Playing to Vapors in the Studio

Playing to Vapors in the Studio

Intramural Volleyball

Connor Mitchell

Connor Mitchell,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 14 February 2014 – I’m going to be honest with you up front. Engineering, no matter what type, consumes a lot of your time and can also be difficult at times. I’ve found it important and beneficial for me to set aside my studies for a couple of hours and participate on intramural volleyball teams. Freshman year, I met a great group of friends and we decided we wanted to play a sport we hadn’t had much exposure to in high school. We’ve played volleyball every semester (sand in the fall, indoor in the spring) and have been teammates ever since we met freshman year.

Not only has it been a great time, but also, it is a couple of hours each week that force me to take my mind off my studies. It was also a great opportunity for me to build life-long friendships. Just something as simple as volleyball once a week allowed my teammates and me to become great friends. I can honestly say that they are some of my best friends that I have met while at Ohio University.

Now that we are all older, the night doesn’t just stop when our game is finished. We have recently started going to Buffalo Wild Wings to get a drink and of course, wings. We find ourselves watching our favorite sports teams as well as talking about the game we just played. Normally, talks are about what we did well and what we didn’t do so well and how we can improve in the next game. Even though we play for the fun of it, we still find ourselves trying to win each and every game. These small moments have accumulated over the years to build great friendships and memories I’ll never forget.

Rockin’ Out With the Roomies

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 11 February 2014 – I’m sure the vast majority of non-engineers would perceive the common undergraduate engineering student as one who is left-brained, analytical, meticulous, and, ultimately, quite boring. Without a doubt these types of engineers exist: those that always have their nose in a textbook or are preparing for their next academic deadline or project. These types of individuals almost always excel in the classroom and are shoo-ins for technical, well-paying jobs after graduation.

But for every bookworm in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, there is a student who falls somewhere in the middle of the left-brain/right-brain spectrum; these students are creative, think outside-of-the-box, and most likely have a very different perspective on their engineering discipline that does his or her analytical counterpart. I’d like to briefly talk about my experience playing the drums (what I like to tout as my “right-brained” activity).

I started playing the drums in seventh grade after my dad bought me a beat-up kit for about $200. I took lessons for a year and have been teaching myself ever since. I am in a three-piece rock band back home (Brunswick, OH, just south of Cleveland); over the summer we practice quite a bit and try to write original material whenever we get the chance.

When I’m here at school, however, my musical urges are satisfied in a different way. Two of my roommates play guitar and bass respectively; the bass player is the bassist in my band from back home (we’re called Twelve On The High if you want to check us out). Rather than sitting down and writing discrete songs, we prefer to improvise and “jam” with one another. My roommate Brian, the guitarist, will present a riff to Nick and I and we will work off of that riff in an attempt to turn it into something great.

I would not be the person I am today without the influence that playing the drums has had on my life, but I would also not be the same from an academic and professional standpoint as well. To have the outlet of playing music is truly a blessing because it allows me to step back from my work as an engineer and use different parts of my brain that require me to think in different ways. I think playing the drums definitely improves my creativity and provides me with a fun and effective way to relieve stress.

To any student who is thinking about entering college as an engineer, I strongly recommend having some sort of “right-brained” activity that you enjoy doing to balance out the monotony of academic endeavors. Work-life balance is important to everyone, but, it is especially important to young students who are starting their careers.

Dorm Life

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson,
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.

Freshman Year

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.

Senior Year