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Ice Skating

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 11 December 2017

My family has always had a love for ice skating. It is one of our favorite things to do, especially during winter. I have many great skating memories:


  • When I was two, my parents put me in beginner skating lessons at the local arena.

  • They were the designated chaperones when my friends and I would go skating in junior high school and they had instructed my nervous, wall-hugging friends on skating basics such as bending your knees and leaning forward as you push off.

  • At home in western Pennsylvania after my first semester of college, my dad and I went ice skating at Market Square in Pittsburgh and we won two tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Skating in Pittsburgh

To me, ice skating is synonymous with wonderful times spent with family and friends. Ergo, nothing cures homesickness for me quite like taking a few laps around Bird Arena during an open skate. Feeling the cold air brush past my face reminds me of playing ice tag with my elementary school friends. My mom and dad’s gentle instructions enter my thoughts as I push off the cold, solid ice.

As an out-of-state student, I don’t go home very often, which means I still get homesick from time to time. However, sites like Bird Arena on campus replace that longing feeling with happy memories and something to look forward to the next time my family is together.

Home for Easter

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 16 April 2017

I went home this past weekend to visit my family in the great town of Toledo. I ended up with a very eventful trip, including going to the casino and the sprint car races.

My favorite part of the entire weekend was hands down seeing my dog! Roscoe is a 9-month old Aussie Doodle and he’s quite the thief! If you stop petting him for ten seconds, he will go find a sock or such to steal, then bring it to you for attention.

The casino was not the best trip in the world, to say the least. I did not go home with a million dollars in my pocket, but I did have fun! Isn’t that what casinos are there for?

Sprint car races are a weird hobby of me and my dad. When you go to these races, you usually bring home a pound of dirt because it sprays off the car’s tires into the bleachers, but this time was different. My dad wore a white t-shirt and it was still completely white when we left! We can thank the wind for that.

Overall, I had a blast going home this past weekend and seeing my family before the rush of finals!

Recharging over Spring Break

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Junior, Electrical Engineeering

Athens, OH 13 March 2017

It’s about that time in the semester where I start to get tired and I feel like I need a vacation. Luckily, there is such a thing as spring break! During spring break, I take some much needed me time so I can get my head back on straight.

With engineering, there aren’t many days off, so I take full advantage of this week. Every year I get to go back home and catch up with my family, friends, and schoolwork. Plus, my mom and I usually go on a short vacation.

This year I spent most of my week hanging out with my family. I worked at my dad’s donut shop to earn a few extra bucks. I enjoyed the nice weather by picking up some milkshakes. I celebrated some birthdays. I also worked on some of my research and schoolwork so I could stay ahead of the game.

As much as I enjoyed seeing everyone back home, the highlight of my spring break was my trip to Washington D.C. While everyone was down at the beach, I got to walk around the capital. I have been before, but my mom had never been, so we made sure to visit all of the “must-sees”. We saw the White House, the Capitol building, the National Zoo, all of the main monuments like the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and we visited some of the museums on the mall, like the Holocaust Museum and the Natural History Museum. We also took one of those touristy bike tours. (So worth it!)

During the couple days I went to D.C. I didn’t take my laptop or my book bag. I found out that it is so important to get a break from life for a little bit and just see what the world has to offer. That is what I did this spring break unlike the ones in the past. It really did make all the difference in how much I enjoyed the trip.

Sibs Weekend

Nathan Arnett

Nathan Arnett,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 7 February 2017

Sibs Weekend is always one of my favorite weekends here at Ohio University. It’s always good to see all the Bobcats’ siblings out and about, whether they are much younger or older–and many are actually alumni!

Sibs Weekend is especially important for me because I’ve been a part of it since I was a junior in high school. My older brother is two years my senior, and he came to Ohio University; visits to the Athens campus in high school undoubtedly played a huge role in my decision to come to OU.

Now, as a junior, Sibs Weekend is still important to me. This year, with my older brother graduated, it was up to me to entertain my 13-year-old brother for the weekend when he came to visit. However, that isn’t too difficult of a task given the amount of various activities that Ohio University typically has on Sibs Weekend. Activities range from catching a movie, watching a an Ohio University basketball game, and attending one of the various activities that the university puts on for siblings.

As for this most recent Sibs Weekend, my brothers and I caught up over some games of bowling at Rollerbowl, caught a men’s basketball game, and checked out the various campus book stores. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Sibs Weekend, even though it’ll sadly be my last–unless I can convince my little brother to be a Bobcat too!

Chili Cook-Off

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Junior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 11 November 2016

For three years now, every Dad’s Weekend my dad and I go to OU’s Women in Aviation annual Chili Cook-off. My Freshman and Sophomore year, my mom would make a pineapple chili and my dad would bring it down and we would enter it in the non-traditional category. This year I have my own apartment, so my dad and I made the pineapple chili. To be honest we just threw everything in the crockpot then looked at the recipe that we didn’t even follow.

Throughout the night the chili cooked and we went and entered it into the cook-off on Saturday. Since, we have made this chili for two years and never won I didn’t think that we actually would win this year too.

Chili Cook-Off Prize

When the results came back, the pineapple chili I made with my dad won first place for the non-traditional chili category. I couldn’t believe it–for the past two years, this chili was never close to winning and when we don’t follow the recipe it won. Now my dad and I hold something over my mom: the fact the year we made the chili and we won. I think that was the best the highlight of the weekend besides my dad coming down to visit.

Family Halloween Tradition

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Junior, Electrical Engineeering

Athens, OH 27 October 2016

Well, it seems like the month of October has zoomed past me and now it’s the weekend of Halloween! All of the leaves, costume parties, and cooler weather combine to make October one of my favorite months of the year. One thing I really like about the end of October is the thought that I have made it more than halfway through the semester already.

A tradition that I have with my family is our trip to Halloweekends at King’s Island. We usually go the weekend of Halloween and go through all of the scary haunted mazes and houses they have set up throughout the amusement park. This weekend we are going up on Saturday. And to add to all the fun, we are staying at Great Wolf Lodge, known for its indoor waterpark! So, when I am not riding roller coasters and having my butt scared off, I’m going to be slipping and sliding through the waterpark.

A perk about going up on a Saturday and staying through Sunday on the last weekend they are open, is that no one is there the Sunday! That means shorter lines and even more rides. So my plan is to go to all of the haunted houses Saturday night and ride the rides until they close on Sunday!

I am really excited to get to spend some quality time with my family this weekend and have a fun and safe Halloween at King’s Island!

Surgery in Paradise

Caroline wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 4 March 2016

“I’m so jealous!” the flight attendant said as she checked my bag for Phoenix, Arizona.

“Don’t be.” I frowned. “I’m going to get my wisdom teeth out.”

It was a spring break of opposites. On the one hand, I got to spend over a week in sunny Paradise Valley with my mom. On the other hand, less than twelve hours after I landed I headed to an oral surgeon who I had never met and had four wisdom teeth surgically extracted from my jaw.

I’ve never had any kind of surgery before, so when my dentist told me over winter break this year that I would need to have my wisdom teeth out, I prayed that he meant some time far in the future. No such luck. For the first few days of my break, my beach body diet consisted of apple sauce, mashed potatoes, and oxycodone.

Paradise Valley

All in all, it was actually a pretty great trip. I thought I’d spend my recovery studying for the GRE and writing papers. Honestly, I spent a lot more time watching Survivor reruns with my mom than I’d care to admit, but it was a much needed break from the stresses of school.

Once I had fully recovered from the nausea onset by my pain pills I was able to spend time at the poolside and explore local restaurants. My favorite place was called the Salty Sow, a gastropub which featured incredible small plates and craft beers. Recovering the use of my jaw turned out to be pretty crucial when it came to fully enjoying everything the Phoenix area had to offer.

Paradise Valley

Even though my GRE test date is still looming on the Thursday after I return to Athens, I’m glad that I used spring break to give myself an actual break. After weeks of exams, papers, and cold weather, I was truly grateful for the opportunity to relax with my mom in the sunshine.