Junior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 4 November 2018 –
Fall Semester is my favorite time to be in Athens for endless reasons. To name a few in particular, Homecoming weekend and Halloween weekend have always been memorable. Alumni trek back to their old stomping ground for the parade and the football game during Homecoming weekend. Similarly, people flood the streets of Athens for Halloween weekend as the city population triples for two days.
Located in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, Athens does not disappoint when it comes to the beauty of changing seasons. Vibrant leaves fill the sky with color before they participate in their annual autumn leaf drop.
As these natural changes take place, it reminds me of another phenomenon of the Fall semester; the growth, intellectually and socially, of the first-semester Freshmen. Starting with Welcome weekend in late August, I observe the first-year students develop a sense of who they are and what they want to accomplish as they embark on their journey at Ohio University.
For most college students, this is the biggest lifestyle transition they have ever experienced. Furthermore, living on your own and being responsible for making all of your decisions shows one’s true colors. Personally, Athens has been a great environment for me to learn, grow, and explore as a student.
Above is a photo I took on Court Street outside of Baker Center that is just a sampling of the stunning Fall views in Athens. Many more gorgeous sights can be seen whilst hiking Strouds Run State Park or Radar Hill (two common hiking destinations of mine).
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 6 November 2017 –
During the fall semester in Athens, Ohio, a funny thing happens where nearly every day is warm enough for shorts or cool enough for a wind breaker. The winter weather rarely ever hits before the end of Finals Week, so every weekend or free afternoon offers an opportunity to get outside and have some
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway (in other words, the Athens bike trail) offers bikers, joggers, and walkers a scenic route on winding pavement under the canopy created by the autumn-colored trees lining the path. I’m a huge fan of the spot, and whether I’m feeling a short six-mile round-trip bike ride or if I’m feeling adventurous enough to go further, I do my best to head over there a few times a week.
Even if you don’t have access to a vehicle that can take you far from Athens, plenty of hiking opportunities very close to Athens are best experienced this time of year.
I’ve enjoyed my first trip down a mountain bike trail near The Ridges, but the best memories of the area are from going on runs up to the top of Radar Hill and back with my roommates. The trails at the Ridges, especially the one leading to the top of Radar Hill, are my favorite places to escape and get a breath of fresh air this time of year. The rolling green hills are pretty to look at, and I can’t think of a more beautiful and more convenient way to get a calf workout than exploring them.
Senior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 26 October 2017 –
Week 9 is in the books. We have not had many fall-like days so far this semester, so shorts and t-shirts to class have changed to coats and jeans in a matter of days.
So far, this semester has gone pretty smoothly. I feel like I have understood my core classes pretty well and I have started scheduling for next semester already.
In addition to the core classes, I am taking my first non-STEM related class since high school, Philosophy. I tell you what, it’s quite a change to go from equations and math in every step to a class that involves no numbers at all. It has made me use a different part of my brain than I have used in a while, and I think this has benefited me.
As the last little bit of the true fall weather comes to a close, it is only fitting that Halloween is this weekend. Like I said before, this is my first fall in Athens so I have never gotten to experience the well-renowned Ohio University “HallOUween”, and I am excited to see what it is all about. To make the weekend even bigger, Ohio State plays in the biggest game of the year on Saturday afternoon, so a win would make the celebration that much sweeter.
Senior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 29 September 2017 –
Some say the fall leaves in Boston are the sight to see. Yet even though I’m biased, I tend to disagree (rhyme intended).
As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, the weekend exploration in Athens gets even more exciting. One of my favorite parts of going to school here
at Ohio University is the amazing history and scenery of southeast Ohio. The beautiful array of color that covers the hills is something that always stops me on my walks to Stocker Center or the ARC. By the time the weekend rolls around, my itch to explore southeast takes me away from the books and onto the backroads.
One of my favorite places to visit and hike is in Zaleski State Forest just west of Athens in Vinton, County. Zaleski State Forest is home to some of the best hiking trails in Ohio and has a lot of interesting historical places. One of the most frequented places is the Moonville Tunnel, which is an old railroad tunnel that is reportedly home to numerous ghosts. Although I never have seen any ghosts on my trips there, the civil engineer inside of me enjoys examining the
structure of the old tunnel and all of the engineering work that took place for its construction.
Fall semester at OU is also the semester of senior design projects for most civil engineering seniors. For my senior design project, my team and I are designing a complete residential subdivision with roadways, sewers, and lots for homes. The design also includes surveying the topography of a land parcel in Alexandria Township.
Even though senior design takes a lot of my time, the activities and adventure in Athens makes the journey worth it. Just a few hours spent in the wilderness of southeast Ohio takes me away to a time where cars weren’t self-driving and cell phones weren’t the center of our lives. Yet, coming back to school just motivates me even more to create and think outside the box in life!
Senior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 22 September 2017 –
4 weeks down, 11 to go. These are the kind of thoughts one like myself experiences at this point in the semester, where the joys of “syllabus week” and early semester fun ends and it becomes time to buckle down for the first round of exams.
Ohio State’s loss to Oklahoma has brought some sour feelings to the beginning of the best season in the world, but with that being said, I am really enjoying my first true fall semester in Athens. Last year at this time, I was in Cleveland cheering on the Tribe during my co-op at Soils and Material Engineers and the year before, I was at a different school, so finally I am able to be in Athens for a fall semester. I’ve done all I can to be outside and soak up as much of the nice weather that I can, and it’s nice walking to class in the sun rather than getting wind burn in sub-zero temperatures that come with spring semester in Ohio.
I am actually happy to be back at OU and keeping busy with classes. I was able to enjoy the beach all summer working down in Charleston, SC, but I did miss my home state and it’s good to be back (stay tuned for my next blog post to see if this positive attitude remains the same). I like all of my classes so far this semester and I am ready to keep grinding them out every day and learning as much as I can.