Student Organizations at OU

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 3 February 2020

My best piece of advice for incoming students is to get involved! During my time at Ohio University, I have been involved in numerous organizations and have found my bobcat family through these orgs.

One club that has helped me greatly is the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering. During my time with this organization, I have had the opportunity to attend two regional conferences.

IISE Conference

Both of these conferences allowed me to network with ISE students from all across Ohio and Michigan. There also were speakers that talked about what they have done with their major post-graduation. Last year the conference focused on additive manufacturing and other jobs that were not necessarily following a traditional ISE path. This gave me a chance to see what is possible for me besides just manufacturing.

Student orgs also give students a chance to take a break from classes and their major and try something new. For example, I am currently learning how to be a coxswain for the Men’s Rowing Crew. This is something I did not picture myself doing during my college career, but I am so excited to try something new. With this club, I also have a group that gets me to the gym most of the week to make sure I stay in shape. I am looking forward to this new organization and I cannot wait to see my progress this season!

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