Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 24 December 2013 – On Saturday, December 21st, 350 Ohio University students boarded buses across the state. We were all gearing up for a trip to Florida to support our Bobcat football team in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl! Everyone traveling had purchased a ticket for a bus ride down to St. Petersburg, Florida, one night in the Sirata Beach Resort and a ticket to get in the Tropicana Field for the game. I had bought a ticket along with two of my roommates. Out of the 50 students on the bus, they were the only ones I knew. By the time we were headed back home, though, my roommates and I had gained a busload of new friends.
The total travel time including stops took 22 hours from Columbus, so we had plenty of time to hang out and chat with our fellow Bobcats on the bus. The bus ride turned out to be a lot of fun, meeting everyone and finding out how many of us had connections by mutual friends back in Athens. By the time we got to Florida everyone on the bus basically knew each other and were ready for a fun evening in St. Pete. The 110 and the East Carolina band played on the beach, which was awesome to watch, and a block party was set up for both OU and ECU students.
On the 23rd everyone loaded on to the buses again to get to the indoor Tropicana Field for the game. My roommates and I got great seats and prepared ourselves to cheer on the Bobcats! While standing in the bleachers surrounded by yelling students and OU fans, I once again realized how much of a community Ohio University is. Because of our love for this amazing school we all immediately had a commonality and a sense of belonging with each other. Although we ended up losing the game, we had a great time getting to travel and cheer on our awesome Bobcats on the field.
Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 28 October 2013 – This past weekend was Halloween here in Athens. As many people dressed up in creative costumes, and participated in the annual block party, I took off to Toledo and Illinois with the Ohio soccer team. Our conference play is wrapping up and it’s getting to be tournament time. We didn’t get the exact result we wanted and finished the weekend with a 1-1 result.
Traveling on the road is always hard, especially when we go far distances like Illinois. Many people think we have a lot of time to do our homework on the long drive, but doing your homework on a bus is not the most desirable thing in the world. There are many distractions such as watching a movie, playing card games, or not being able to read without getting sick. Luckily I don’t have the last problem, but I do have trouble not participating in the first two. We play a lot of euchre, and it’s one of my favorite games.
Besides soccer, school is wrapping up and I cannot believe where the semester went. We are in “week 10” and if we were still on the quarter system, this would mean finals week next week. Fortunately, we have five more weeks until we have to worry about that. However this week does mean midterms. I had most of mine last week, but a lot of my friends have theirs this week. I just have to keep thinking four more weeks until turkey time.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – I am in my fourth year as a member of the Ohio University Synchronized Skating team. The skating team is a great way for me to relax and remove myself from school for a few hours each week. I think the fact that I have a good group of close friends that are not in any of my classes has been one of the best things that came out of joining a club sport. As much as I enjoy my friends from class, it is really nice to have a group of friends who have no idea what I am talking about when it comes to classes; it forces me to forget about the stress of classes for a little while and just truly enjoy myself.
Another great part of being on a club sports team for me is that I get to practice my leadership skills. I have been the team president for the last three years, and the last two years I have also been the head coach. It is really stressful at times, but having the responsibility of both of those positions has taught me a lot about my leadership style, and has also helped me immensely with my time management skills.
We are coming up on the date of our first performance, which means that practices are beginning to become quite intense. This is my favorite time of the year, because I really get see what everyone on the team–including myself–is made of. I have seen so much dedication from the members of my team; we are all willing to add extra practices to our schedules, even if it means that we have to practice at midnight. I can’t say for sure, but I am pretty sure that dedication like that is something that most OU students have when it comes to their classes and their extracurricular activities.
Senior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 4 February 2013 – Athens can get pretty cold in the winter time with the unpredictable weather. While this makes walking to class undesirable, there are other activities worth braving the wind and snow for including 1) the men’s basketball games 2) Ohio Hockey games and 3) recreational skating hours at Bird Arena.
The men’s basketball program has been progressing over the last few years, and of course, last year they made it to the Sweet Sixteen. This has only intensified the atmosphere surrounding basketball season. The Ozone could quite possibly be one of the best student cheering sections. With everyone chanting together and the pep band playing classic OU songs, you can’t help but get pumped up during the game. If you want some school spirit, the varsity men’s basketball games are a sure way to get it.
Bird Arena isn’t exactly the most noticeable building on campus, but it holds some fun and exciting events. Men’s Hockey can be a pretty big deal. Though it’s not a varsity sport, opponents can be from pretty big schools across the country. It’s awesome how fast the game is played, and the drama and fights between players is an added bonus to the experience.
For a little more participation on your part at Bird, recreational skating occurs on Tuesday and Thursday nights as well as weekends. Students get in free, though skates can be rented for a few dollars. It’s a great place to go with friends, and in my case, try something new. Bird Arena is where I first ice skated. I could possibly be the worst ice skater ever, but it sure was fun. As I continue to go back every now and then, I am improving. Whether it be hockey or ice skating, be sure to dress warm because you really won’t escape much of the cold in Bird.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 28 January 2013 – Now that the new semester is here, I am very excited for the rest of Ohio University’s basketball season. The basketball games are a great way to have some fun and take a break from schoolwork during the week. These games have become one of my favorite activities here on campus because of the excitement that exists in the Convo during a close game and because of the large number of students that show up to each home game. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the basketball program here is not too shabby…and by not too shabby I mean defending MAC champions and a Sweet 16 run last season.
Not only are the home games a great time, road games can be even more fun. It’s great when enough people get together to make a trip to an away game. By far my favorite experience following the basketball team was when they were making a run into the NCAA tournament last season. A group of my friends and I went to the MAC championship game in Cleveland to watch Ohio win there, only to pack up shortly after and head to Nashville, Tennessee to watch the first round of tournament games. This is one of my favorite memories being a student here thus far. There were students and fans from schools across the country gathered in one central location to watch and cheer on their respective schools. The Ohio game versus Michigan was a thriller and one that I will never forget, both because of the win and the impressive number of OU students and supporters who made the trip to Nashville to cheer on the team.
So I’m pumped it is basketball season again and that conference games are underway. Hopefully the basketball team will have another incredible season because if they do I know I will be watching and along for the ride.