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Experience Everything Athens

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 December 2018

As my fifth and final fall semester comes to a close, I’ve been making it a point to experience everything Athens. Taking walks through campus with an awareness and mindfulness of my surroundings, spending cold days in Donkey with a hot cup of coffee, and even trying out new restaurants.

In spirit of this, I treated my roommate to a holiday wine tasting at Athens Uncorked this past Friday for her graduation. It was our first time at the location, and as fifth year seniors, figured it would be a nice alternative to the chaos of Court Street or a night studying at Alden.

We were surprisingly the only college students there for the first few hours. The setting was a little surreal, but the unfamiliar feeling was almost comforting. After a little while, the place was full of people and holiday cheer! We indulged in a cheese plate and hummus, sipped on samples of wine, and enjoyed one another’s conversation.

Athens Uncorked

Altogether, we were extremely satisfied with the evening and went home smiling. It was bittersweet knowing it was our last weekend in Athens together, but it was well worth it.

If you are of age and looking to enjoy a hidden gem of Athens, I highly recommend checking out Athens Uncorked for a quiet evening and great service.

From Sea-level to 6000 Feet

Illona Hartman

Illona Hartman,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 12 October 2018

Ohio University knows many university-specific holidays such as Reading Day. Reading Day is an extra day off for students to study for upcoming exams. However, my three Theta Tau friends and I decided to explore another state during this three-day weekend last week.

Gatlinburg, TN

Before sunrise, we were on our way to Tennessee on the Friday of Reading Day. We rented a cabin just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee! It was my second road trip since I moved to the United States and I was beyond excited to explore my first American National Park: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Appalachian Mountains.

Gatlinburg, TN

During the three days in Tennessee, we hiked more than 15 miles! Varying from flat hikes to steep trails. On the first day, we explored Gatlinburg. My friends tried the (in)famous moonshine that was sold at almost every corner of the main street. They even sold moonshine candy! We also tried some local food and I loved hearing the Southern accent that was spoken amongst the locals.

Gatlinburg, TN

The second and third day were completely dedicated to hiking. We drove to an amazing lookout point that had a stunning view over the city of Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg, TN

After that, we continued our journey to one of the highest tops of Eastern America: Clingman’s Dome. This was my first time to experience the low oxygen air and clouds at 6,644 feet. In my country, the Netherlands, 60% of the land is below sea level, so climbing this mountain was quite an experience for a Dutchie!

Gatlinburg, TN

On the third day we went to an Apple Barn where we had a delicious local brunch with fresh apple scones. On our way back to Athens, we stopped at a state park in Kentucky to go on another hike to spot a waterfall.

Gatlinburg, TN

This hike was called “Dog Slaughter Falls”, but luckily our dog Muffin made it to the end of the trail, haha!

Gatlinburg, TN

Except for the 7 hour drive, it was a very relaxing and adventurous weekend with my Theta Tau brothers. My first experience in the mountains was a good one!

Camping with Friends

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 March 2018

During this year’s spring break, I went backpacking with some friends. Our original plan was to go to Dolly Sods, West Virginia. However, after looking at the weather forecast, we reluctantly admitted that it would be a tad too cold and snowy to camp for four days. With our plans ruined, we needed to find somewhere a little warmer, but hopefully just as beautiful. With our options
limited, we chose Zaleski State Forest.

Once all our classes ended on the Friday before spring break, we met up and went on a quick trip to the grocery store. Getting food and packing up took much longer than expected, so we didn’t get to the trailhead until dark. This meant we had to hightail it for a few miles until we found a nice campsite.

Once we finally found a site and set up our tents, it was time to eat. This was an important night in my life in terms of camping. It was the night I learned that tortellini is an amazing food to eat while camping. (If you learn nothing else from this post, please remember this).

The rest of the trip was just as enjoyable, even if it was a little cold. Every time I get to go camping is great, but this was especially enjoyable because I brought some of my oldest friends on their first backpacking trip.

Wrapping Up Senior Year

Kevin White

Kevin White,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 11 April 2017

My final year at Ohio University has been the fastest year yet. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in freshman orientation stressing out about the next four years of my life. I missed my friends and family at home. Shortly after that, I developed my own family here in Athens and I am not ready to leave them.

Something I always tell the prospective students while I am taking them on tours is how fast college goes—especially at such a great school like Ohio University. I felt that it would be very difficult for me to find friends here at Ohio University as a freshman but the programs and organizations here make it near impossible to not find friends.

My final semester has been consumed of my senior capstone project in which my project team is working with Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center located in Zanesville, OH. We have been developing a database with them to help them with their documentation systems. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect ending to college, I love the work that we are doing for them and the client has been great to work with.

As I prepare to go into the “real world” when I move to Pittsburgh in June, I will take the knowledge, experiences, and relationships from Ohio University with me. I hope to develop the type of friendships and relationships in Pittsburgh that I have developed in Athens.

Car Trouble

Matt McKenzie

Matt McKenzie,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 28 November 2016

If you were to ask me where I would like to work on when I graduate, I would be able to quickly respond with something along the lines of, I would like to work for a company that manufactures vehicles. It doesn’t necessarily matter what type of vehicle that is, however there is one type of vehicle that I have more experience with than others, cars. My interest in cars started from a young age and has grown exponentially since.

As Thanksgiving break was fast approaching, I was finishing up some homework before my last class of the day Monday when I got a message from a roommate and immediately knew something was not right. He had been planning on leaving town an hour or two earlier so when I heard his car wasn’t starting, I had only a short amount of time before class to figure it out.

In my previous post, I touched on the fact that the most rewarding thing I find myself doing is helping other people, but now I get to combine both that reward and my passion for cars to help a friend out. Unfortunately, it was not a simple diagnosis that was going to be getting him on the road that evening and fortunate for him, he was able to find another ride home that day to start his break. After a few hours of troubleshooting, the problem could be pinned down to a faulty connector where a wire had been pulled out just enough to no longer make a good connection.

It still amazes me that the car didn’t die while driving, but it was an easy fix once diagnosed. Though it may not have gone as planned that day, I was able to combine two of my passions and help him get back on the road once we had returned from break.

Celebrating Eid in Athens

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 16 October 2016

Fall season has always been my favorite, when the warm sunshine rays hug the colorful trees. I enjoy going around Athens and experiencing nature’s beauty at this time of the year. As the trees start to transfer and fade in color by the end of fall how WONDERFUL is that!

What makes fall more exciting and great is that I usually gather with some of the lovely people I know here in Athens and celebrate what is called eid. Eid is a celebration that Muslims celebrate every year. It is called the sacrifice fest. People usually celebrate Eid as a holy ceremony about obeying god willing as prophet Ibrahim did. Muslims usually gather and celebrate this day by having lunch and praying.

Eid seemed very different here in Athens since my family aren’t around and not being able to wear new traditional clothes. The great company I have here in Athens makes me happy especially on that day as they made me feel as if I have another beloved family in Athens that I share wonderful and unforgettable times with. We enjoyed our time in Strouds Run State Park.

eid Celebration

It was a clear and lovely weather. We had delicious barbecue. It was very tasty that I couldn’t even stop eating.

eid Celebration

After enjoying the lovely lunch, we took a ride by the boats there and enjoyed the rest of the day catching up with each other and having a laugh.

eid Celebration

Homecoming 2016

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 9 October 2016

This weekend marked my final homecoming as a senior at Ohio University. In past years, homecoming week has meant a crazy flurry of preparation because I was a member of the Marching 110 and homecoming is our most exciting show of the season. I am not participating in the band this year because I have a class conflict, but I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the alumni band for the first time, which was an incredible experience in itself.

My oldest sister, Rachel, is an Ohio University and Marching 110 alumna, and she visited this weekend to march with the alumni band and experience my last homecoming with me.


Rachel and I were both a part of the trombone section, as were many of her friends who also came to Athens for the weekend.


Although missing my senior season is bittersweet, I could not have asked for a better weekend to introduce me to the world of the alumni band. From playing duck-duck-goose with the child of my sister’s friend on the attack cat in Peden, to learning the entire halftime dance in 15 minutes, to eating Goodfellas pizza and playing games in the lobby of the Hampton Inn, I made memories that I will never forget.


Being a part of the Marching 110 means that I have become a part of a group with so much pride and history. To march in the parade alongside both my same-aged friends and 70+ year old alumni is such an honor.


Every year, people come back to Athens for homecoming in celebration of the formative years that they spent here. I feel so lucky to have spent my college years in a community which allowed me to grow so much as a person, and although the thought that I, too, will be graduating and moving on in the spring is daunting, I can’t wait until I can come back next year for homecoming as an alumna.