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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.


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.

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.

What’s Changed in Athens and What’s Unchanged

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 29 March 2020

A lot has changed since my last blog post, especially as far as the environment I now do my work in. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, more than likely, in multiple ways. Little did the Class of 2020 know that the week before Spring break would be our last day of classes on campus. Everything would change. The University would extend spring break by 1 week to allow professors time to transition their classes, all classes would go online, and we as students would have to adjust to a new virtual world.

This has been a big adjustment for me as I am a hands-on learner; that is why I chose ETM as my major. The majority of my classes have moved to Microsoft Teams to host lectures whether they pre-record them or host them as a normal class session. I really enjoy using Teams because we can easily interact with our professor and our classmates still keeping that community feel.

I also think the professors have really done their best to make themselves available as much as possible. I know my professors have an open-door policy; therefore, they have extended that virtually. Anytime, during business hours, you can connect with them over phone, or virtually through teams to get help! I think the faculty have done an amazing job doing whatever they can to support us students.

I have been quarantining at my Athens residence since my return from spring break. This has allowed me the opportunity for quiet space, but to still maintain that Athens feel. For those of you not in Athens I will provide you with some background. Typically, this time of year Athens is filled with students. The first warm day of spring hits and the greens fill with people. On South Beach you’ll see students playing volleyball, picnics, people playing frisbee and so much more. On West Green, students will place speakers in their dorm windows playing music outside. People will tan on the green, throw football, hang in their hammocks between light post, or sit under the cherry blossom trees. For once this is not the case. I can assure you the cherry blossoms are in full bloom because my sinus infection is coming on strong right on time!

Although there is not a lot of life on campus, there are still upperclassmen residing in their off-campus houses. The sound of music bumping from a speaker carries for at least a mile indicating there are people here. It never fails, to take a jog on the bike trail and see other fellow Bobcats doing the same. I can also assure you that the campus “dogs” or the deer are lively and healthy. On my walk yesterday, I passed a record breaking 12 deer all together!

Students, prospective students, alumni, and faculty: although life has changed drastically over this last month, the end is unknown, and negativity continues to spread. I challenge you to reflect and soak in something positive and share that, because I promise someone needs that right now.

I can assure you although the student body is missing from campus, the community, the beauty and the buildings are just waiting for us to return. Not only will the Class of 2020 have a unique celebration, but I am sure opening weekend and homecoming will be bigger than ever so we can celebrate the challenges we have overcome together as Bobcats and celebrate being back together again here at hOUme!

My Last Sibs Weekend at OU

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 10 February 2020

Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I’ve spent Sibs Weekend at OU with my sister, Abby. Abby is three years older than me and graduated from OU with her undergrad in Chemical Engineering and her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering. Even after Abby graduated and moved to Pittsburgh, she still comes to Athens every Sibs Weekend!

This past weekend was Sibs Weekend at OU, and I had so much fun spending time with my sister! On Friday, we went to Bagel Street and 80’s night at Casa with some of my friends. We aren’t huge fans of 80’s music, but one of our favorite artists is Queen (they did play one Queen song)!

On Saturday, we went to the Athens Farmers Market (which my sister loves going to) and an OU Basketball game with my best friends, and fellow engineers and ambassadors, Brittany and Kay. On Sunday, we walked around The Ridges (one of my sister’s favorite OU spots) and got lunch with my parents who came down from Columbus.

Sibs Weekend Basketball

As I am already one-third of the way done with my last semester of college, it’s a bummer that this is the last Sibs Weekend I get to spend with my sister. Even though this was our last Sibs Weekend, I’ll cherish these memories forever and look forward to visiting OU together for Homecoming!

Ohio University Community

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 20 January 2020

Finally, 2020 has arrived. A very interesting year as many chapters in my life are coming to a close. Just prior to winter break, I completed my last Fall Semester of my undergrad. During winter break I completed my last internship, parting ways with many colleagues I have grown to love and gained so much knowledge and experience from. This Spring I will complete my last semester ever, as a college undergrad here at Ohio University. This year brings many new chapters and many new challenges, but there are also some things I’m not ready to give up.

As a tour guide, we do our best to share our experiences with prospective students, but it is truly hard to express the feeling of the community here at Ohio University. Living here in the college town is so much more than going to class, it is the feeling of being at home and taking pride in where you live and who you live around.

As the pages of my college chapters continue to turn day in and day out, I will never be able to prepare myself for leaving this community I have come to call my home. When I arrived on campus for my very first tour, the tour guide kept taking about OU being a home away from home. I personally thought it was cheesy until I went home during my first winter break for the first time in a long time. By the third week of winter break, I could not wait to go back to school because I missed my friends and the community.

Not every university will share the same community, but OU is truly unique. As a prospective student carrying that white Ohio Bobcat Depot bag or the green tour bags, we as current students know exactly what you are here for. More than likely, a current student will stop and offer a helping hand or even just share their experience with you. Never hesitate to stop uptown for lunch because more than likely, your server will talk your ear off about how much they love it here too.

I have never been in a closer community than the one here at OU. Whether it was living in the dorm, student organizations, or just socializing up town, everyone was very friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone here is so kind. I do not know if it’s the beautiful scenery, the separation from a large city, or simply just being a Bobcat, but I am really not ready to walk through the alumni gate and just come back from my next chapter just to visit.

Celebrating Dad’s Weekend 2019

JKay Dunlevy

Kay Dunlevy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 7 November 2019

I love Dad’s Weekend – it’s one of the few chances I get to spend time alone with my dad, who is truly one of my favorite people in the world. For some reason though, we have always spent Dad’s Weekend outside of Athens. This year, we wanted to change it up and stick around OU, especially since this is probably the last time he’ll be here before I graduate.

We packed a lot into this weekend, but a few activities really stuck out to me. For instance, we went to the women’s basketball game on Saturday. This seems like a pretty basic Dad’s Weekend activity, but it was actually really special for my dad and I.

When I was in high school, we had a tradition of watching girls basketball games together. Now, one of those girls plays for Walsh, who OU always plays during Dad’s Weekend. We’ve talked about going to watch her play since I was a freshman, and this was the year we finally got to go. It was so fun to watch someone we knew on the court and catch up with her parents in the stands, but mostly I just enjoyed getting to revive our tradition.

Larry’s Dawg House was another weekend staple. This is our favorite place to eat in Athens, mostly because their chocolate marshmallow milkshakes are spectacular. And, since my mom wasn’t there to remind us how unhealthy it was, we ate at Larry’s multiple times!

Sunday, my dad and I explored Hocking Hills. We both love the outdoors, so we had a ton of fun hiking the trails and seeing the beautiful views! Hocking Hills is definitely one of my favorite places to visit around OU, so experiencing it with my dad made it even better.

OU Dad's Weekend 2019

Spending quality time with my dad is always fun, but getting to enjoy some OU classics with him made it even better. Hopefully he can come back down to explore more of OU before I graduate!