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Planning for the Future

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 1 December 2019

It is my senior year at OHIO! Like most seniors, my course load is primarily comprised of 4000-level classes like ISE 4120—Inventory & Manufacturing Control I (engineering) and ET 4950—Robe Leadership Institute Seminar (leadership).

However, I also took a 2000-level class—UC 2900—Post-Baccalaureate Preparation—which is required for all Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) scholarship recipients. The purpose of the class is to prepare scholars for post-graduation through personal development assignments, assigned readings, class discussions, and short presentations.

The class met weekly for eight weeks, and as a result, I learned the importance of planning for the future, whether preparing to enter the workforce or preparing for post-secondary education (e.g. law school, medical school, graduate school, etc.).

Additionally, each assignment helped me map out my dreams and aspirations on paper, instead of keeping them all in my head. Simply put, “if I can see it, then I can achieve it.” For example, one of my assignments was a Spring Plan, which outlined my last two semesters at OHIO and transformed them into action item lists. This is a transferable skill which I will use next semester, next year, and for the rest of my life. Overall, this class helped personally and professionally—I am grateful I took this class!

Just for Fun Class: Horseback Riding

Reagan Richardson

Reagan Richardson,
Junior, Energy Engineering

Athens, OH 1 October 2019

Last spring I knew I wanted to take a “just for fun class” during fall semester, but I wasn’t sure in what. After browsing the course catalog and figuring what worked out with my schedule, I decided on Western Horseback Riding. I had ridden before when I was younger so it wasn’t completely new territory but it’s definitely been a couple years to say the least.

I was nervous going to my first class as horses can be dangerous if you aren’t careful. It’s very intimidating when you see just how much bigger they are than you and how easy it would be for them to overpower you. The instructor paired us up with our horses and informed me that my horse’s name was Lottie and as the class got started I could feel my tension start to melt away as I brushed and prepared her to ride.

To my surprise, we got our horses completely ready and then had to take all the equipment back off, put it all away, and lead the horses back into their stalls. Our instructor informed us that our first lesson was about learning to take the time to prepare and to not be discouraged when we don’t accomplish everything we initially set out to do.

Deciding to take this extra class has allowed me to have that specific time blocked out to de-stress and enjoy doing something a little different than your traditional engineering curriculum. It has reminded me how important it is to take time for yourself and to explore new things, and in my case revisit something I previously enjoyed. I hope that through this experience I can convince someone else to take that leap and try something out just for fun.

Summer Classes

Dillon Mahr

Dillon Mahr,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 10 September 2019

This summer was very busy for me. I decided to take BIOS 1700 and COMS 1100 in the first summer session at OU. I wasn’t very excited about classes taking up the first part of my summer; however, it ended up being a pretty good deal. The classes were manageable, and they felt like they were over before I knew it.

It feels good to get those classes out of the way and free up more time, especially Bio. I was worried that the lab would cause scheduling conflicts so getting it out of the way is super nice.

Being on campus during the summer also allowed me to do a lot of work with the student org that I am in. I made a lot of progress in our project and it was a little easier scheduling time with the professors who were still on campus.

Athens is a different place in the summer for sure. There are fewer people on campus, and you can do pretty much whatever you want. I have a lot of friends that say they love Athens in the summer. The nightlife is a little different but there is still a solid amount of people, so it doesn’t feel like a ghost town.

Overall, the summer classes ended up being a good decision for me and I will consider them in the future.

The Philosophical Engineer

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 25 April 2019

With Spring Semester winding down, it is good to reflect on what has occurred and the growth you experienced because of it – which aligns with the themes of Spring – renewal, rejuvenation, and restoration. Also, it serves as a good time to “discover” new things.

This semester I was blessed with a good set of classes—ranging from Math to Engineering to Philosophy. One class that stands out the most is PHIL 1300, taught by Dr. Lent. This class provides a different way of thinking, highlighting societal shortcomings and moral issues.

You may think “How does Philosophy relate to Engineering?” This is a fair question; however, philosophical concepts do apply to engineering and technology, especially regarding our overall use of technology. The professor and I have discussed the effects of technology on various fields. Also, stemming from our talks, he has suggested books and other material to read (which I will read over the summer).

I am looking forward to learning more things outside of my field of study. When you have the opportunity, take a course that is not necessarily aligned to your major. You may be surprised at what you discover. You will find that there are many ways to align ourselves with our motto, “Create for Good”.

Recreation and Extracurriculars at OU

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 23 April 2019

Being in engineering is a high time commitment, and usually a pretty stressful workload. Its always nice to have hobbies that you enjoy, to give yourself a break from the routine. Luckily, here at Ohio University, there are countless opportunities for hobbies. These include some of our some 500 clubs like Snowcats, and fishing club, just to name two I have been part of.

OU also has 2 intramural sport seasons each semester in which students can play sports like volleyball, flag football, badminton, softball and more! Even more so, OU offers classes in recreation (REC), and physical activity (PAW). The recreation classes usually involve some sort of outdoor activity like camping, horseback riding or scuba diving. Our PAW classes include most sports and give students some time each week to get active.

During my earlier years here, I took a lot of credits, so now in order to stay full-time, I have some extra class slots to fill. This semester I took PAW 1100 (Basketball) and next semester I will be taking PAW 1208 (Archery). I am excited to have these classes as they give me time to forget about my responsibilities for a short while.


Tanner Wick

Tanner Wick,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 8 April 2019

To get my mind off of my senior design this spring, I enrolled in kayaking! Though I have canoed and kayaked a few times in the past, I never formally learned any techniques. I thought this course would be a perfect way to learn the fundamentals and have a chance to spend some time outdoors.

The first couple of classes were taught in the aquatics center to practice basic paddling strokes and maneuverability. The best exercise was the wet exits where students had to exit the kayak after flipping over.

During the weekend skills portion of the class, the class went to Dow Lake, Burr Oak Lake, and the Hocking River. Some light rain and high winds on Burr Oak made for excitingly rough conditions to tackle.


At the end of the second day, the students played a game similar to ultimate Frisbee but in kayaks. Unfortunately, I flipped over during the game. But I performed a wet exit and drained my kayak of water, then jumped right back into the game.

The weekend ended with a trip down the Hocking River and into the Ohio River. This was much less energy intensive than open water kayaking, as the river current helped push the kayaks downstream.

I am very glad with my decision to enroll in the course this semester. I made new friends, learned new skills, and had an awesome trip.


Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 February 2019

This semester, for fun I’m taking an introductory astronomy course. In this class, we learn about lunar cycles, major constellations, and eclipses and how to locate things such as stars and planets in the night sky. This class takes place on Tuesday nights which is my busiest day of the week, but it’s worth it because I get a mental break from my engineering classes and get to learn about interesting things along the way!

This class is scheduled late in the evening because when nights are clear, we get to go to the observatory in the Ridges to observe the night sky. So far, we haven’t been able to go observing because there haven’t been any clear Tuesday nights, but it’s still interesting to listen to the lectures.

The professor of this class has been interested in astronomy since he was a kid, so he is passionate about the subject and he has many anecdotes of traveling the world to places such as Egypt and countries in South America to catch eclipses and other events at the best path of visibility. Also, at the end of almost every lecture he gets out an old projector to show us pictures that he has taken from his years of observing and travels.

I’m really glad I decided to take this class because it is a nice break from my engineering classes and it’s nice to expand my knowledge beyond technical information. Coming to class every week is like a little adventure: we’ll either learn about outer space, go outside to observe the stars, or hear fun anecdotes from the professor!