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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.

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Reflections After Graduation

Gareth Bussa

Gareth Bussa,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 16 December 2018

Ever since I started at Ohio University, I couldn’t wait to graduate college and begin my career as a pilot. When I started, I was welcomed by everyone at OU, and I can still say that today.

Being a Bobcat is something that I didn’t understand when I first arrived. Today, I know what that means. You’re more than just a student at Ohio University; you are a family of current and past students.

As a pilot, making radio calls on frequencies, you must say your callsign. If you are flying an Ohio University airplane, the aircraft tail number ends with “0U”, and it references to OU. As I was flying to New York last week, I said the callsign, and after I transmitted, I heard someone come on and say, “Go Bobcats!”

No matter where you go, people know who a Bobcat is and will respect you because they know you came from a great university. As I graduate this weekend, I know that I went to the right place.

I can’t thank enough to my friends and professors who have helped me become the person I am today. I am excited to start my journey as an airline pilot, but I will miss the time I had at Ohio University.

Recommendations for Enjoying College

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Senior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 22 April 2018

With the final few weeks and graduation coming closer I feel as if my days are numbered at Ohio University. I look back and know that I made the right choice by going to OU. I have countless memories and will be sad leaving such a friendly and amazing place.

There are some recommendations for incoming freshman that I have learned over the past four years. The first recommendation is to live in a freshman-only dorm. This sounds odd but everyone in the entire building is going through what you are going through and is more willing to try something new.

Second is to try something new, make a bucket list of things you want to get done before you graduate. I did that and have climbed the rock wall, went hiking all over campus, went to at least one game for each sporting event and joined a club that was outside of my major.

My last recommendation is to not be afraid to spread your wings and find new friends, but don’t forget your old friends in the process. Having different friends will help you explore and have new experiences, but friends you came into college with are there for you when you are home sick and they understand.

These are just a few of my recommendations, but whatever you do, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and enjoy the time that you have at Ohio University because it goes a lot faster than you think!

Heading off to Grad School

Joshua Greenlee

Joshua Greenlee,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 20 April 2017

It’s truly a wonderful time of the year, especially for us seniors, as we prepare to take the next big step in our lives and graduate. As awesome as this time is, I for one will testify that it will be hard leaving the city of Athens that we have called home for these past years.

After graduation, I will be attending Vanderbilt University in pursuit of a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. I had applied to eight different graduate programs, and went to visit a few of them to get a feel as to how I would like the school. In the end, Vanderbilt just felt like the right place for me to be, and I am very excited to be pursuing a graduate education there.

I will be working under the direction of Dr. Michael King, a renowned professor in the field and the Biomedical Engineering Department Chair, conducting research focusing on drug delivery with translational applications in metastatic prostate and lung cancer treatment.

I am very excited to take this next step in my life, and I will be moving to Nashville, Tennessee this fall (an awesome city, by the way, if you’ve never been). This is bittersweet though, as I will undoubtedly miss Athens, the place I’ve called home my entire life. I am so thankful for all the people who have poured into me over this first part of my life at Ohio University, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds! Have a great summer everyone!

Life Decisions

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 28 March 2017

This semester I have been faced with making huge life decisions. As someone who is pretty indecisive in general, this has basically been a nightmare.

For the past 4 years of my life here at Ohio University, I have had a vision of what my life would look like when I graduated. This semester forced me to evaluate whether that vision still rings true to me. Making the choice between industry and graduate school has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. I am a big believer in gut feelings, but in these past few months it sometimes felt like my gut was refusing to talk to me.

What helped me come to my final decision was the enormous support from everyone around me. I am the kind of person that wants to know absolutely every piece of available information before I am willing to make a final decision. This is not a particularly useful personality trait in situations where there are a lot of unknowns.

The reason I’m writing this blog post is that I think my situation probably resonates with a lot of incoming freshmen who might not know what the right path is for them. I have two things to say which might ease your worries.

First of all, I would like to say that I reached the decision to accept a job offer because of the unwavering support and patience of my academic advisor here at OU, Dr. Doug Goetz. His impact on my experience in the Russ College cannot be understated.

In these past few weeks, he has met with me every time I felt uncertain or wavered in my decision. He has answered emails, asked for input from his colleagues, and generally been the greatest ally I could have asked for at such a critical point in my life. Ohio University and the Russ College have put me into contact with some of the most incredible people in my life: people that were willing to fight for me and who were there for me during every step of my college experience.

That leads me to my second point: coming to Ohio University was the single best decision that I have ever made. It meant leaving my family behind and flying across the country to a place where I didn’t know a single other person. It also meant that I found a second home.

As I am preparing to leave Athens for my new job as a process design engineer at Kiewit Engineering Group Inc. in Kansas City, I am definitely sad to be closing this chapter of my life, but I also know that my experiences at Ohio University have prepared me to take on the challenges that this next chapter may present.

I wish the best of luck to anyone who might be making those big decisions in their life, and I hope that the experiences of myself and the other Ambassadors might be helpful in making that choice!