Junior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 1 December 2014 –
Ohio University has a nearly year-round winter wonderland, Bird Arena. Bird Arena is Ohio University’s ice rink and it serves as a much needed getaway location. When the semester picks up and I find myself bogged down with work I often turn to physical activity to free myself. While at school ice skating is my go-to physical activity. When I first found out about Bird Arena I was hesitant; however, after going a couple of times and learning how to properly balance, I immediately felt at home in the rink.
My interest in Bird arena goes beyond my desire to free-skate. I’m also into cheering on the Bobcat’s ice hockey team. I’ll admit I am not an avid sports fan. That being said, I have grown to develop a deep passion for Bobcats ice hockey.
The first OU ice hockey game I went to was a complete accident–confusing the free-skate time for a game time. After sitting through the first period of the game I found myself immersed in the atmosphere. Waiting for the shrill siren that marks a Bobcat goal with the fans around me was like nothing I had ever experienced before. The Ohio University ice hockey team is a Division 1 team in the ACHA with 16 wins, 2 ties, and 2 losses currently recorded for the 2014-2015 year. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do the rest of the season.
Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 26 September 2014 –
Fall is in full swing here at Ohio University. Even though the temperature is in the high 70s/low 80s, it is still fall. My favorite thing about the campus is its beauty, and fall is the prettiest time of year around here. All the trees start changing color and it is just a busy time of year. All the fall sports are in full swing so there is always something to do or go to. Also Homecoming is right around the corner, which is always a fantastic time in Athens.
Other than extra curricular activities, school is in full swing as well. I am taking a victory lap because I am pursuing a double major and am also on the
OU women’s soccer team, but it is still hard to believe I am 1/3 of the way through my last fall semester of college. It is a bittersweet relationship. Everyone who is not in college says to enjoy this time, but I am certainly ready to move on and start working.
This week we had a Career Fair with the university as well as one for only the Russ College. It is nice we have an exclusive career fair, because you know going into it, companies are looking strictly for people in engineering and technology. I have gotten a few interviews and I’m looking forward to moving on in the career process, which will hopefully result in a full-time job soon.
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 24 December 2013 – On Saturday, December 21st, 350 Ohio University students boarded buses across the state. We were all gearing up for a trip to Florida to support our Bobcat football team in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl! Everyone traveling had purchased a ticket for a bus ride down to St. Petersburg, Florida, one night in the Sirata Beach Resort and a ticket to get in the Tropicana Field for the game. I had bought a ticket along with two of my roommates. Out of the 50 students on the bus, they were the only ones I knew. By the time we were headed back home, though, my roommates and I had gained a busload of new friends.
The total travel time including stops took 22 hours from Columbus, so we had plenty of time to hang out and chat with our fellow Bobcats on the bus. The bus ride turned out to be a lot of fun, meeting everyone and finding out how many of us had connections by mutual friends back in Athens. By the time we got to Florida everyone on the bus basically knew each other and were ready for a fun evening in St. Pete. The 110 and the East Carolina band played on the beach, which was awesome to watch, and a block party was set up for both OU and ECU students.
On the 23rd everyone loaded on to the buses again to get to the indoor Tropicana Field for the game. My roommates and I got great seats and prepared ourselves to cheer on the Bobcats! While standing in the bleachers surrounded by yelling students and OU fans, I once again realized how much of a community Ohio University is. Because of our love for this amazing school we all immediately had a commonality and a sense of belonging with each other. Although we ended up losing the game, we had a great time getting to travel and cheer on our awesome Bobcats on the field.
Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 28 October 2013 – This past weekend was Halloween here in Athens. As many people dressed up in creative costumes, and participated in the annual block party, I took off to Toledo and Illinois with the Ohio soccer team. Our conference play is wrapping up and it’s getting to be tournament time. We didn’t get the exact result we wanted and finished the weekend with a 1-1 result.
Traveling on the road is always hard, especially when we go far distances like Illinois. Many people think we have a lot of time to do our homework on the long drive, but doing your homework on a bus is not the most desirable thing in the world. There are many distractions such as watching a movie, playing card games, or not being able to read without getting sick. Luckily I don’t have the last problem, but I do have trouble not participating in the first two. We play a lot of euchre, and it’s one of my favorite games.
Besides soccer, school is wrapping up and I cannot believe where the semester went. We are in “week 10” and if we were still on the quarter system, this would mean finals week next week. Fortunately, we have five more weeks until we have to worry about that. However this week does mean midterms. I had most of mine last week, but a lot of my friends have theirs this week. I just have to keep thinking four more weeks until turkey time.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – I am in my fourth year as a member of the Ohio University Synchronized Skating team. The skating team is a great way for me to relax and remove myself from school for a few hours each week. I think the fact that I have a good group of close friends that are not in any of my classes has been one of the best things that came out of joining a club sport. As much as I enjoy my friends from class, it is really nice to have a group of friends who have no idea what I am talking about when it comes to classes; it forces me to forget about the stress of classes for a little while and just truly enjoy myself.
Another great part of being on a club sports team for me is that I get to practice my leadership skills. I have been the team president for the last three years, and the last two years I have also been the head coach. It is really stressful at times, but having the responsibility of both of those positions has taught me a lot about my leadership style, and has also helped me immensely with my time management skills.
We are coming up on the date of our first performance, which means that practices are beginning to become quite intense. This is my favorite time of the year, because I really get see what everyone on the team–including myself–is made of. I have seen so much dedication from the members of my team; we are all willing to add extra practices to our schedules, even if it means that we have to practice at midnight. I can’t say for sure, but I am pretty sure that dedication like that is something that most OU students have when it comes to their classes and their extracurricular activities.