Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 7 October 2019 –
I am blown away by how quickly my Senior year has progressed so far. Ohio University’s annual Reading Day has come and gone (one of my favorite holidays to spend on campus) reminding me that the semester is almost halfway over, a catalyst to get my body moving outside before the weather gets too chilly.
The Fall is arguably the best season to spend time outdoors and recently I have been trying some new activities like Climbing and Slacklining. Bouldering at Witches Hill in Athens has been immeasurably fun and I highly recommend taking a hike there to get some fresh air.
Slacklining at various spots on campus has kept me close to the Bobcat family this semester as I have met a bunch of people and introduced some of them to this quirky hobby of mine.
For those of you that do not know what a slackline is, imagine a long and narrow trampoline made out of nylon/polyester that is suspended in the air by two anchors at each end. Traversing the slackline requires a combination of balance, core strength, and focus. Pictured above, I am taking some of my first confident steps on a 2-inch (width) slackline in the middle of College Green.
I took a camping trip down to New River Gorge in WV with some friends who convinced me (a novice climber at the time) to join them and experience a culture that is new to me.
Throughout the long-weekend that we stayed there I tried to climb many routes, but only climbed one of them successfully. The climb that I did is categorized as a ‘Deep-Water Solo’, meaning that you are not harnessed into a rope system and rely on the water below you as the only protection against injury from falling.
The next two images show myself climbing a route to a ledge where my friend patiently waits. What was my favorite part of this route you ask? Jumping off the 35 ft cliff into the refreshing water and realizing that the simplest things, like climbing natural structures, can make me the happiest.
Taking a leap into different activities so far this semester has diversified my physical activity and expanded my social circle in ways I did not imagine. After living in Athens for three school years I had subconsciously stopped reaching out to try new things and looked at life through the same lenses. As a Senior majoring in Computer Science, I believe in challenging yourself both in academics and personal growth to experience the most in your college years and prepare yourself for whatever opportunities life presents you with.