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Post-Graduation Road Trip

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 25 April 2019

In a few weeks, I will be departing for a multi-week road trip with some of my oldest friends: Evan, Devin, and Keegan. We’ll be heading towards Montana and Wyoming. Well, there or possibly towards New Orleans. So, we don’t exactly have the route planned yet but we’re pretty sure we’ll either be going Northwest or South.

In our opinion, this is only a minor detail; we have a car, GPS, and a tent—everything you need to get across the country and back home. The rest of the trip should figure itself out once we hit the road.

This is the fifth year these friends and I have gone on some sort of trip together. These trips have helped us better understand the world around us. Undoubtedly, we’ll have a similar experience this year but with something extra: it will be our last summer for the foreseeable future with us all living in the same place. In only a few months, we will disperse throughout the country/world to explore a new phase of life. This is an extremely exciting prospect but I am grateful that I have a few weeks to reflect with close friends before trading Athens for a new home.

Spring Break Reunion

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 21 March 2019

This past spring break was one that focused on nostalgia. I stayed home for most of the week and reconnected with old friends. With my parents we stayed in most nights and had home cooked meals (which I didn’t have to prepare myself) and watched old movies we’ve already seen a hundred times, but never got old. A few of the mornings (where I didn’t sleep in) I would grab a coffee with whoever was available and hike the familiar trails in my area.


To reminisce, I met up with my close-knit group of friends from high school at midnight at our local 24-hour donut shop just like the old days. We talked about how much things have changed since our graduation and how much we hope that continues. (But we still vow to stay in touch.) To celebrate growing old, me and another close friend grabbed breakfast mimosas just to show off our brand new 21 IDs and made plans to vacation with each other in the summer.

In the day I would go on walks with my dog and a few times I went to my local library to check out a new book. It felt good to relax for a week with no pending obligations and do the same things I used to enjoy from high school.

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.