Category Archives: Energy Engineering

Keeping Busy and Appreciating Athens

Reagan Richardson

Reagan Richardson,
Junior, Energy Engineering

Athens, OH 30 March 2020

Instead of focusing on all the negative or scary changes the world is going through right now, I want to talk about some personal positives. Through all of this I have found that it’s important to keep myself “busy” and outside of class I’m trying to keep my screen time down.

To fill my time, I’ve started picking back up hobbies that I used to enjoy and starting some new ones and I wanted to share what I’ve been up to.

I’ve always enjoyed puzzles so over the span of a week I spent a couple hours a day putting together and finishing a 1000-piece puzzle.

Puzzle

I’ve also taken walks around campus to stay active, see everything bloom, and watch the sunset.

Athens Sunset

Athens Sunset

Athens Sunset

Athens Sunset

Currently I’m painting a paint by number of an owl, but I’m just getting started on that.
Paint-By-Numbers

These are just a couple things I’ve been doing to relax and take my mind off things. Like everyone else I am eager to return to “normal”, but until then I am finding new interests every day.

Winter Break with Family

Reagan Richardson

Reagan Richardson,
Junior, Energy Engineering

Athens, OH 19 January 2020

Going home for the holidays was a much needed break from the stress of classes and specifically finals. I hadn’t realized how much pressure I was putting on myself and the change of pace was welcomed.

While at home, if I wasn’t preparing for Christmas, I was spending down time with our family dog “Cinnamon” and she loved all the attention. We named her based on the color of her fur. Cinnamon herself was a present, so every Christmas is a marker for another year of her being a part of our family. (This picture is from Christmas morning.)

Christmas 2020

After the holidays were over it was time to start preparing for next semester. I returned back to campus and my family came down to visit the weekend before classes resumed to celebrate my mom’s birthday. We celebrated by getting dinner and going to an OU Hockey game (Which we won, Go Bobcats!)

OU Hockey

After my mom and sisters left to go home, it hit me that classes started in a couple days and I began to panic. I didn’t want to be back in the constantly stressed out state that I was in before. It was then that I promised myself that I was going to take more time for me. To specifically set aside time everyday to do things I enjoy and to relax and not feel guilty about the time I was “losing”.

It’s currently the start of week 2 and so far I’ve kept my promise and I hope that by putting it in writing here I will continue to keep my promise!

Just for Fun Class: Horseback Riding

Reagan Richardson

Reagan Richardson,
Junior, Energy Engineering

Athens, OH 1 October 2019

Last spring I knew I wanted to take a “just for fun class” during fall semester, but I wasn’t sure in what. After browsing the course catalog and figuring what worked out with my schedule, I decided on Western Horseback Riding. I had ridden before when I was younger so it wasn’t completely new territory but it’s definitely been a couple years to say the least.

I was nervous going to my first class as horses can be dangerous if you aren’t careful. It’s very intimidating when you see just how much bigger they are than you and how easy it would be for them to overpower you. The instructor paired us up with our horses and informed me that my horse’s name was Lottie and as the class got started I could feel my tension start to melt away as I brushed and prepared her to ride.

To my surprise, we got our horses completely ready and then had to take all the equipment back off, put it all away, and lead the horses back into their stalls. Our instructor informed us that our first lesson was about learning to take the time to prepare and to not be discouraged when we don’t accomplish everything we initially set out to do.

Deciding to take this extra class has allowed me to have that specific time blocked out to de-stress and enjoy doing something a little different than your traditional engineering curriculum. It has reminded me how important it is to take time for yourself and to explore new things, and in my case revisit something I previously enjoyed. I hope that through this experience I can convince someone else to take that leap and try something out just for fun.