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Preparing for Life after College

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 3 March 2020

After I graduate this Spring, I’ll start my full time job as a process engineer at Kraton Polymers. The plant I will work at is in Belpre, Ohio (only about 40 minutes from campus), so it’s not a far move! I did three co-op rotations at Kraton, so this transition won’t be too difficult.

Kraton is one of many employers that have a great relationship with Russ College, so I was able to get my co-op with the company through the college. I hope to be able to come back for a career fair and help recruit future engineers.

In order to prepare for my move, I first had to find an apartment. After searching for about a month, I found one about 20 minutes from my plant. I’m now trying to find cheap, but still nice furniture and kitchenware. Anytime I visit family, I come back with their old plates and glasses, and was even able to score a crock pot, and a George Foreman grill.

While preparing for the next step in my life, I try to remember to enjoy these last few months I still have at Ohio University. I try to take time to walk to College Green, go to the shops on Court Street, and enjoy hanging out with my classmates who have become my best friends.

OHIO Friends

Enjoying OU Sports

JKay Dunlevy

Kay Dunlevy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 1 March 2020

Since it’s my last year at OU, I’ve been trying to do as many of my favorite things in Athens as I can. This means that I’ve spent a lot of time with friends, had many milkshakes from Larry’s Dawg House, and gone to a lot of OU games. Specifically, I love going to the basketball and hockey games.

Basketball is something I’ve always enjoyed. Growing up, my mom taught at a high school that had a great basketball team, so we would watch her students play every week and follow them to tournament games all over the state. When I got into high school, I loved being the student section and cheering on our team.

Going to OU basketball games brings back all of that nostalgia and excitement – the band plays all sorts of bops to get the crowd riled up, you’re standing and cheering with all of your friends, and you can’t get help but get sucked into the action! Below is some of my friends and I hanging out with Rufus at a basketball game.

Hanging out with Rufus at a basketball game!

Hockey, on the other hand, is something I never really watched until I came to OU. Now, it is by far one of my favorite sport. How can you not enjoy a sport where people are constantly smacking into walls and playing super aggressively?!?

There’s also a lot of little things about hockey games that you don’t get at other sports. For example, Rex (the dinosaur at the hockey games) runs around the whole game and tries to annoy the players from the opposing team. Plus, you’re in a pretty small area, so the noise from the crowd and the music on the loudspeakers get amplified, making the hockey arena a super fun environment to be in! Below is my friends and I having fun at the hockey game.

Having fun at the hockey game!

Overall, it’s been fun to get spend time with my friends at all of the games. As a school, we’re a pretty spirited bunch, and cheering on our teams really brings that out!

Getting a Break from Stress

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 23 February 2020

College can be a stressful place. In fact, college is a very stressful place. If it was easy, it would not be worth the challenge or the added value that comes with it. So how do students handle the stress of classes, homework assignments, lengthy essays, senior capstone, and working part time?! Well, there are many different ways to cope and I have three favorites: cooking, exercising, and taking the time to spend time with friends.

Cooking can be a guilty pleasure in a way because with cooking, there is food to be eaten. And with excess food sometimes comes emotional eating so you have to be aware of what kind of food you lean towards to cook. I actually tend to eat healthier when I am stressed because I choose things to cook that take concentration. Last night for instance I made chili and a few weeks ago I made vegetable soup.

This is simple cooking, but the preparation is tedious as each ingredient needs measured, and all the vegetables need to be diced. For me, focusing on these each individual task, takes my mind off of school. In turn, I have a good meal which helps keep me focused and prevents me from getting sick.

Another form of de-stressing is simply exercising. I love to run on Ohio University’s campus when it is warm outside, especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom!

Running along the bike trail keeps you on a flat surface but puts you on the outside of campus looking in. There is the beautiful scenery of campus on one side and the Hocking River and hillside filled with trees on the other. This is a great view but puts you outside of campus life without really being off campus. If you do not like running, I encourage you to grab a skateboard, roller-skates, or a bicycle and check it out!

As a senior, I also enjoy taking a jog through campus as a lot of things are changing that I do not get to see every day. My freshman and sophomore year I lived on East Green and commuted to West every morning. Now I walk from West Union to West Green and that is about the extent of my adventures unless I take a stroll to Ping.

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!

Ohio University Community

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 20 January 2020

Finally, 2020 has arrived. A very interesting year as many chapters in my life are coming to a close. Just prior to winter break, I completed my last Fall Semester of my undergrad. During winter break I completed my last internship, parting ways with many colleagues I have grown to love and gained so much knowledge and experience from. This Spring I will complete my last semester ever, as a college undergrad here at Ohio University. This year brings many new chapters and many new challenges, but there are also some things I’m not ready to give up.

As a tour guide, we do our best to share our experiences with prospective students, but it is truly hard to express the feeling of the community here at Ohio University. Living here in the college town is so much more than going to class, it is the feeling of being at home and taking pride in where you live and who you live around.

As the pages of my college chapters continue to turn day in and day out, I will never be able to prepare myself for leaving this community I have come to call my home. When I arrived on campus for my very first tour, the tour guide kept taking about OU being a home away from home. I personally thought it was cheesy until I went home during my first winter break for the first time in a long time. By the third week of winter break, I could not wait to go back to school because I missed my friends and the community.

Not every university will share the same community, but OU is truly unique. As a prospective student carrying that white Ohio Bobcat Depot bag or the green tour bags, we as current students know exactly what you are here for. More than likely, a current student will stop and offer a helping hand or even just share their experience with you. Never hesitate to stop uptown for lunch because more than likely, your server will talk your ear off about how much they love it here too.

I have never been in a closer community than the one here at OU. Whether it was living in the dorm, student organizations, or just socializing up town, everyone was very friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone here is so kind. I do not know if it’s the beautiful scenery, the separation from a large city, or simply just being a Bobcat, but I am really not ready to walk through the alumni gate and just come back from my next chapter just to visit.