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Getting Ready to Leave

Steve Toth

Steve Toth,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 22 April 2016

Today was my last day of class as college student, meaning a week from tomorrow I will be walking across the floor of the Convocation Center as I graduate from Ohio University. This experience is kind of a bittersweet one, one that I’ve never really had before.

Soon I will be starting a new chapter in my life’s book. One not centered around waiting on classes to start or end. It’s both exciting and scary as I will be coming into a whole new batch of variables.

The first few pages of this chapter will be finding an apartment for my fiancée and I while we remodel the farm house. Shortly thereafter, I will be starting my “big-boy job” at Honda.

With all of these huge changes coming in a very short period of time, I’m sure things will be hectic but I know that my experiences here at Ohio University will be some of my most cherished memories and that the Russ College has prepared me for life after college. For the last time, this is Steve Toth signing off. Stay classy, Bobcats.

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 18 April 2016

With the end of the year approaching, and graduation only about two weeks away, I can’t help but think about how all of this is coming to an end. About five years ago, I was studying day in and day out for college admission tests, thinking about which college I wanted to go to, and writing down pros and cons for a number of different universities.

It would be fair to say I may have shed a few years off my life from the levels of stress I had thinking about all this. It’s not easy to make these large financial decisions that impact the rest of your life, especially at the age of 18.

There was always a little part of me that wanted to come to Ohio University, maybe because I had an older sibling that went here too. The idea of college was intimidating at first, but coming down for Sibs Weekend as a high school senior, spending time with my sister and her “college friends” was a huge encouragement.

OU Sibs Weekend 2011
Sibs Weekend 2011

Despite that, I didn’t want to make a decision that was purely based on one good weekend. But when I added that weekend to the great Aviation program, to the comfort I felt on campus, to the Athens student community, my decision was simple.

From start to finish, I never stopped meeting people. I wasn’t aware until I was on my own how many different types of people there were, the way they thought, and how they perceived life. The people that had the biggest impact on me were the ones who thought differently, and I loved that.

Despite not thinking alike, I find myself to this day with the same group of friends that I made day one in Ewing Hall. We all came from different backgrounds but we shared similar core values: a belief that we’re good people, a want to strive for greatness, and a need to help each other along the way.

It’s almost like having another family. It’s one of those things that’s difficult to describe, possibly because it’s a not tangible, but it’s definitely one of those unique traits that a university like OU holds.

Now that the year is coming to an end, it’s time to grow up and think about the future. Just this past week, I’ve successfully completed my commercial pilot certificate—I’m officially employable! Therefore, starting immediately, I’m starting my Flight Instructor training. This fall, I’ve committed to staying in Athens for a year to be a Flight Instructor for the university.

After the Checkride
After my commercial checkride

Overall, coming to Ohio University was a remarkable experience. I was able to get the degree that I dreamed about as a young boy but I also took away a lot more than what I initially paid for. I was able to become the person I wanted to be: confident, assertive, and an advocate for others in need.

Preparing for Life after Graduation

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 13 April 2016

The final stretch of my last semester. All I have to do is pass my last 4 classes and graduation will be awaiting at the end of April. It didn’t really hit me that I actually have to move out of Athens until I talked to my dad last week about moving my stuff out of my apartment.

I’m still trying to push off the thought and completely ignore the fact that I will have to start packing soon. I remember when I moved in my freshman year and could fit everything into one car load. I don’t know when I acquired all of this extra stuff, but it’s definitely going to take a decent sized SUV and a car to maybe get my stuff back in one trip.

I have been fortunate enough to get hired at PSA Airlines this past month! They flew me down to Charlotte, North Carolina over spring break for an interview and I got hired on the spot!

My first day is the second week of May, so I will be rolling right into a job the week after graduation. I’ll be in training for a few months between Dayton, OH, Charlotte, NC, and Cincinnati, OH then I will be out flying the jets. Not too many people go straight to the airlines after college but this shows that OU has the tools necessary to make it all the way to the dream job!

Moving on to the Next Phase

Leigh Ann Tumblin

Leigh Ann Tumblin,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular engineering

Athens, OH 5 April 2016

April 2016 is the month I have been anticipating (and dreading) since I was a freshman; this month, I will graduate from undergrad with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

If you would have asked me at the beginning of the school year if I was excited to graduate, I would have told you no and it might have brought a tear to my eye, but I have finally accepted this fate and am actually very eager to see what post-grad life has in store for me.

Upon graduating, I will begin my career as an engineer for General Mills at their Totino’s plant. I spent my last two summers as an intern at this plant and the company was a great fit for me.

My position is part of a rotational program. The first year, I will be a systems engineer where I will become the technical expert of a processing or packaging system. The next six months I will be a team leader where I will lead a group of operators, and the final six months of the program I will implement a capital project as a project engineer.

After completing the program, I will decide which role suits me best and I will continue my career in that position.

As if graduating, moving into my own apartment, and starting a new job weren’t enough changes for me in the next two months, I decided I would join the world of pet parenthood and get a puppy!

Puppy

Poppy is an eight-week old Golden Retriever who will be coming home with me next week! Anyone who knows me knows that I adore dogs, and I can’t wait to have one of my own! The next few months will definitely be crazy, but I am ready to see what’s in store.

One Month to Go

Chris Delwiche

Chris Delwiche,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 27 March 2016
In August it was “one more year” now at the end of March its “one more month”. I never expected college to go by this quickly. Ever since pre-school, it’s been the familiar cycle of school, summer, school, etc. But not this time. This time I will finally be entering the working world as my formal education comes to a close.

College went by as quickly as everyone told me it would. My freshman year and days of living in the dorms are now nostalgic memories, campus has changed geographically since I first got here in 2011 with the addition of new dorms and sports facilities. Boyd Dining Hall has gone from the place you ate because you were desperate and lived on West Green to the most impressive dining hall on campus.

Everything I was told to expect was true. You will meet some of your best friends, you will learn more in these 4 (or more) years of your life than ever before, you will learn about yourself, and you will work harder than you have before.

My advice to any nervous incoming freshman would be to try and relax as much as possible. You will make those new friends, you will figure out what you need to do to succeed, you will make your own memories, and you will leave here a better person than you came here as. But for you and me, take a minute every now and then to appreciate the position you’re in. Because your college years are the quickest years of your life😉.

Efficiency in Commencement

Casey Davis

Casey Davis,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 3 May 2015

As another year ends at Ohio University, there are many smiles along with long faces from departing seniors. One of the greatest moments of a young aspiring college student is walking across the podium hearing your name called as your family screams in your honor. Four (or five) years of hard work can be celebrated with you and thousands of other happy graduates.

Friends at Commencement

One of the greatest things about the graduation weekend was how well-organized the commencement ceremony was conducted. As an industrial engineer, efficiency is ingrained into your head after four years of classes preaching efficient processes and reduction of many kinds of waste. Many of us can attest that sitting through a 4-hour commencement is not the greatest reward for a graduate or their celebrating family. Many collegiate graduations have two portions, which can indeed cause extreme drowsiness.

Ohio University had the PhD and Master’s graduations on the first day of graduation weekend (Friday). There were two additional splits amongst the colleges for the undergraduate degrees on Saturday. Then, once the degrees were given to the graduates and their name was called, they were free to go as well as their families. This received much praise from my supporting cast as it reduced the traffic in the Convocation Center and allowed for easier exit. This reduces risk, increases happiness, and provides an efficient conferral of degrees. As this was the 200th commencement for Ohio University, I think they have achieved efficiency through experience.

OU Commencement 2015

End of Senior Year

Courtney Sterrick

Courtney Sterrick,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 27 April 2015

I cannot believe that after five years at Ohio University, I graduate on Saturday! Last week was my last week of classes ever, and on Friday, I will have my last final. Each picnic, dinner, and activity is very bittersweet. With that being said, I am very excited to begin the next chapter of my life.

On May 26th, I will begin working at DuPont in the Teflon® area as a process engineer and will be located at the Washington Works plant site in Parkersburg, WV. This is the same plant and area I co-oped in for a total of 16 months from 2012 to 2014. I am excited to begin tackling projects and making process improvements within the area. To add to the excitement, on July 1st, the Chemicals and Fluoroproducts business of DuPont (which includes Teflon®) will be spun-off and form the new company, Chemours. This is an exciting time for the business, and I’m looking forward to being part of it.

Even though I grew up in Parkersburg, I will also have new living arrangements. Today, I signed my lease for my new apartment! Unlike my past two apartments while at school, this will be the first time where I will living without roommates. Having no roommates will definitely be a shift from sharing an apartment with two roommates for the past three years.

There’s a lot about Athens that I will miss—-my friends, professors, the bike path, attending hockey games, and Casa Nueva (my favorite restaurant!). However, all in all, I look forward to the challenges and experiences that are ahead. I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had the last five years and look forward to representing Ohio University as an alumna.