Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 9 September 2014 –
It’s the third week of fall semester, and I’m still having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that this is my last year here at OU. I know I still have two whole semesters before graduation, but I just can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.
This past summer, I interned at Owens Corning Science & Technology Center in Granville, OH in a design role. I loved my time there and learned so much about myself and my abilities in the technical world, as well as the wealth of opportunities available to me after graduation. This looks awesome on paper, but it’s also a little overwhelming. I have to start thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life, whether that be graduate school, starting my career in engineering, or doing something else entirely like full-time ministry. But, one of the greatest pieces of advice I received from a mentor at Owens Corning was to enjoy my college experience and to soak in every moment and opportunity while at OU. So, that’s exactly what I’m focused on doing this year.
These first few weeks back at school have been a whirlwind. I have been getting to know my Senior Design group and project, performing with the Marching 110, meeting with students to share with them the Good News about Jesus, getting inducted as an engineering ambassador (pictured below), and studying how osteoplast and osteoblast cells relate to the mechanics of bone fracture. My life may seem like a bit of a smorgasbord right now, but I’m loving every single minute!
Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 3 September 2014 –
The start of a new semester is always quite exciting thinking about the new obstacles that lie ahead. It feels like I just finished overcoming classes and projects from last semester, but I am ready to face the new ones.
One thing here at Ohio University that has helped me in my endeavors to receive a diploma has been my involvement with a student organization called Cru. Cru stands for Campus Crusade for Christ and is a ministry here on campus. Through this organization I have met some of my closest friends. These are friends who have encouraged me through difficult times and challenged me when it seemed to be easier than it should be.
This past summer I had the opportunity to go on a six-week mission trip with Cru to a little country called Slovenia. Slovenia is an absolutely beautiful place and is filled with so much to discover. While in Slovenia, our mission was to connect with students attending The University of Ljubljana and learn about their perspectives on life while sharing with them the opportunity they had with the Cru organization there. In Slovenia, this partnership is connected to the same Cru here at Ohio University, but it is for the Slovene students. It’s an organization where students are welcome to come and ask questions and find answers about who God is and what it means to have a relationship with Him.
The six weeks I spent in Slovenia were life-changing and one of the greatest things I have done in my life. I am thankful that Ohio University offers such intimate student organizations where you can truly find who you are and what you are most passionate about.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 25 February 2014 – As an officer and member of Ohio University’s Institute of Industrial Engineers student chapter, I was given the opportunity to attend the Great Lakes Regional Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan this past weekend. I had heard from other Industrial Engineers who had attended last year that it was a worthwhile trip so I decided to make the trip. After attending the conference, I can say not only did I have a good time, but I also learned a lot of useful information.
On the first day, the group was given the opportunity to tour Bell’s Brewery. It was really interesting seeing the technique behind the brewing process and the long journey it takes until it ends up in someone’s home. On the second day, we attended what the conference called breakout sessions. Several different companies spoke to the group about the background of their company and the different kinds of ISE tools and methods that their company used. It is always intriguing to hear how the things we are learning in class can be used in the real world. Since ISE is a broad field, these speakers can certainly help ISE students decide about their career.
One speaker who was particularly interesting to listen to was an Industrial Engineer from Disney. They attempt to improve customer satisfaction and try to enhance the customer’s experience while at Disney. Queues are a large part of what they focus on.
Lastly, I want to add that this was a great opportunity for me to build relationships with my peers, which will be extremely valuable to my success. This experience was great and I certainly encourage everyone to branch out and get involved.
Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 25 November 2013 – As a student in the Russ College of Engineering, it is important to find a way to blow off some steam and relieve stress. One way to do that is to get involved! Although engineering and technology majors require a lot of time and effort, there is still plenty of time to get involved in non-engineering related organizations on campus. This is great because even though I love computer science, all the work can be stressful if that’s all I’m doing. That’s why I chose to get involved!
One of the groups I am involved with on campus is a student Christian organization called Cru. Through Cru, I help lead a bible study on for guys living on West Green. They also have weekly meetings that are kind of like a church service geared towards college students. I love Cru because it allows me to meet other people who are outside of my major and who share in my faith. Getting involved with organizations like Cru or other non-engineering groups is great for engineering students because it gives us a chance to focus on something other than class.
Another way I relieve stress is by working out. Working out helps me take my mind off of schoolwork. Also, studies show that students who work out tend to do better in class. Lucky for me, Ping Center (the recreation center) is free for all students and comes complete with weight rooms, basketball courts, racquetball courts, an indoor track, cardio machines and even a rock climbing wall!
Sometimes Ping Center even holds triathlons or other organized competitions that students can sign up for. I have yet to participate in one but I hope to compete in a triathlon the next time they have one. If you’re like me and working out is one of the ways you relieve stress, I think you’ll find that OU has a lot to offer people who like to be active.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 15 October 2013 – The semester is really picking up speed now, but this week seems like a breeze compared to last. Last week was OU’s Homecoming week, and as a member of the marching band, this is an especially important time. It means that any and all alumni who have marched before us were invited back to Athens to reminisce, catch up with old friends, and, of course, march one more time in Peden Stadium. For the current members, excitement is in the air all week as we anticipate the arrival of our graduated members. We put in extra hours and work as we strive to make our performance the best it can be to honor those who have marched before us. It’s hard and adds a strain onto our already busy schedules, but it is all worth it when Saturday comes around and all day is one big family reunion.
At the morning parade and during the football game, the alumni band steals the show as they perform everything just as they did when they were here, whether that was only one year ago or 40. Any downtime is spent swapping stories of antics and past performances. The current members all hear about what it was like marching “back in the day” and hearing the differences, but more often, the similarities, between then and now. The best part is the enthusiasm the alumni have and the love and pride that they have for the band, Ohio University, and Athens. This is something they look forward to year-after-year with more than a few counting down the days and even hours until they step back on the bricks. I definitely take pride in being in the Marching 110 and more importantly, being a Bobcat, and I’m already counting down the days until my first Homecoming as an alum.
Junior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 24 March 2013 – One of the best parts about being a student at Ohio University is the variety of student organizations. No matter who you are or what you like, there is an organization for you. The student organizations I am a part of have helped me get to know a lot more people and make a lot more friends. Some organizations even plan fun trips you can go on which brings me to what I did during my spring break.
This year I became part of a Christian student organization called Cru. I have met some of my closest friends through Cru and a few weeks ago I got to go with some of them to Panama City Beach in Florida for spring break. About 50 OU students, many of whom I did not know very well, got in a bus and drove 16 hours together down to Florida for a conference and met up with students from other universities that have Cru at their school.
We stayed right on the beach and enjoyed the (almost) warm Florida weather. I got to hear a lot of great speakers every day and had a lot of fun hanging out with the people I didn’t know very well. By the end of the week, I could no longer say I didn’t know any of the 50 OU students very well and I’m definitely glad I went. If you are a current college student or will be one soon, I definitely encourage you to find a student org that interests you and GET INVOLVED. Not only do you get to take trips to awesome places like Florida, but you also make friends that are irreplaceable and have more fun then you can imagine.
Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 18 February 2013 – This past weekend, I participated in a project through the OU media school called “The 48-Hour Shootout.” In this contest, teams receive a genre (with an optional subgenre), a prop, and a line of dialogue, and from these, they must create a 3-5 minute movie in two days’ time. The 48-Hour Shootout is held once a year in Spring Semester. It starts on a Friday at 6 PM and runs until Sunday at the same time.
It’s a hectic experience. This year was my first time participating, and I definitely wish I had gotten into it sooner. I worked with OUGDA, the Ohio University Game Developers Association. We made a 3D animation (all the rest of the movies were live action film), which will soon be posted on http://www.ougda.com. We were working nonstop. We took the original genre, prop, and line we were assigned and took the movie from concept, to full script, to asset creation, to as near to completion as we could manage in such a short time. Many people didn’t sleep the entire weekend. Once it was over, though, we all felt proud and accomplished, and it was a great experience. After the work period, all the teams congregate at MemAud to watch everyone’s final products. Not all teams finished. Those that do are placed into a contest and three winners are selected by a panel of judges.
It’s easy to become a part of the Shootout. Anyone can participate (though at least 50% of the team has to be from the Media Arts major). Most teams, including OUGDA, will be happy to take on even non-major students and teach them a little about the movie-making craft. I would definitely encourage anyone interested to look into joining a team next year.