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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!

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!

Dads Weekend 2019

Brittany Hesson

Brittany Hesson,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 10 November 2019

Dads weekend is one of my favorite weekends to spend in Athens. Every year my dad comes to visit, and we have such a good time together. Since the day my sister was born, it is rare that I get to spend time with just my dad so I always look forward to Dads Weekend. We use it as a time to get together and have a good time. Usually we go out to eat, watch some sports, and do something to get outside.

Dads Weekend

This year for Dads Weekend, my dad came in on Saturday and stayed until Sunday. Luckily for us, it fell on opening weekend for Ohio Basketball. My dad and I love to watch sports, so we went to watch the opening Men’s and Women’s basketball games. Both Ohio teams walked away with a win to start their season!

Dads Weekend

After the game we went to get dinner and then went back to my apartment. We had some of my friends come over with their dads and we all played cards while watching football. It was fun to introduce my dad to my friends as well as their dads.

On Sunday, we went golfing at the Ohio University Golf Course that is located on campus. It is a beautiful 9-hole courses that is always in great shape. My dad and I enjoy playing golf, and we have been playing together for years.

Dads Weekend

We made plans with another engineering ambassador and his dad to meet up and play golf on Sunday. He was excited that my friend and his dad got to join us and add in a little more competition. 9-holes later we crowned a winner who was…not me.

The course proved to be challenging because there were lots of leaves covering parts of the course. If the ball landed near the leaves it was impossible to find.

After we all played a round of golf, my dad took me out to dinner and then he went home. It is crazy to think that this was my last undergraduate Dads Weekend, but it was by far my favorite.

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!

A Weekend Back in Cleveland

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 21 October 2019

Being from an extremely small town outside of Cleveland where nature is abundant, fall is one of my favorite times of year. There are so many fall traditions that my family and I partake in throughout the season and for this blog post, I thought I would share some of them with you.

For starters, one of Cleveland’s most famous fruit farms, Patterson’s Fruit Farm, is right in my hometown of Chesterland, Ohio! The farm offers almost every fall activity you can think of. There’s apple picking, pumpkins, apple cider, hayrides, a nature trail for hiking, and even fresh homemade donuts in a variety of fall flavors such as “apple cider”, “pumpkin roll”, and “maple”.

Every October, the farm attracts millions of people from all over northeast Ohio. Whenever I visit home during fall semester, I make it a point to stop at Patterson’s. It is so much fun to experience the activity and see all the people enjoying the perfect fall weather.

Another tradition we enjoy is hiking one of the several nature trails that the Cleveland Metroparks has to offer. My golden retriever, Rosco, loves to tag along as well. If you ever find yourself in the Cleveland area, be sure to check out the north Chagrin Reservation. It has a gorgeous waterfall as well as several different hiking trails that range in distance. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your family and friends.

Enjoy the season before winter makes its debut in December!

OU Homecoming

Brittany Hesson

Brittany Hesson,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 13 October 2019

My favorite part about fall in Athens is Homecoming. Homecoming brings lots of alumni back to campus to celebrate Ohio University. The town is packed with people who come back to connect with friends and enjoy all the things they left in Athens when they graduated.

During Homecoming Weekend, the university puts on a variety of events for the students, alumni, and locals. These events include the Homecoming Parade and pep rally. My favorite event that happens is the football game.

My parents and my sister come down and we tailgate before the game. I really enjoy this time with my family because we just sit around, eat food, and talk. It is the perfect time to celebrate the Bobcats while spending time with my family.

Another exciting part of Homecoming and having the alumni in town is watching the alumni 110 marching band. The band plays in the Homecoming Parade as well as at halftime during the football game. It is so exciting to see the alumni members on the field having a blast like they did when they were students.

Seeing the band happy to be back in Athens makes me think about when I will become an alumna and what I will do when I come back. I look forward to coming back to visit my friends, the beautiful campus, and enjoying the football game with my family.

Spring Semester Wrapping Up

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 22 April 2019

As the semester winds down and graduation approaches, I am trying to make the most of my weekends left as a college student. In a month’s time I will be moving into my apartment in Ontario, Ohio to start my first full-time engineering position. I am very excited about this, but I will miss all the friends I made in Athens as well as back home in Pennsylvania. So, the last few weekends, I balanced my engineering projects with enjoying time with friends and family.

My mom came up to visit me a couple weekends ago, all the way from Texas where she and my dad have recently moved. On her last day in Athens, we strolled along the bike path on the Hocking River. The cherry blossom trees were in full bloom and lined the river as far as the eye could see. The pretty pink blossoms were perfect for a mother daughter selfie.

Athens Cherry Blossoms

Last weekend, I went home to Pittsburgh and stayed with my close friend from high school. We attended Tekko, put on by the Pittsburgh Japanese Cultural Society. The event featured a ramen bar, panels with topics like origami and voice acting, art by local artists, and arcade games such as Street Fighter and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR).


This was a moment of self-discovery for me as I realized that I have no rhythm and consistently made a fool of myself playing DDR. Regardless, I had an awesome time and the convention was definitely worth the three hour drive.

Donkey Coffee

This weekend, I am at Donkey Coffee, a favorite Athens haunt, with my roommate. She’s just a junior so it is only the end of a semester for her. I’m trying to take in every detail, so I will have these fond memories to look back on. I photograph the milk heart in my latte while I research metallic corrosion. I am still a student, after all, at least for right now.