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Kayaking

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.

Kayaking

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.

Visit to Dayton

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 7 April 2019

Being a part of student organizations has truly helped me to travel and see things that I would have never been able to do or gone to do on my own. In the fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with members of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to see the International Manufacturing Technology Show. This is one of the largest conventions in the nation!

Not only did we have the opportunity to see the crazy new technology out there, but also I got to actually see the city of Chicago instead of just driving through. The best part of this trip was building some amazing friendships. The people I spent 10 hours with in the car are now my best friends.

Similar to the Chicago trip, this past weekend I represented SME again at a different event. This time I traveled with students from the Society Hispanic Professional Engineers and Renaissance Engineers to Russ Research Center located in Beavercreek, Ohio.

I had never seen this building and I live just south in Cincinnati. We had the opportunity to tour some of the companies working there and see their research. Triad Technologies, Adaptive Cooperation, WPAFB, and more presented to us.

After the long day of listening, we then went to Wright State and stayed in their dorms for the night. A throwback memory of freshman year for sure! The next morning, Dr. Pagan took us to the Air Force Museum. I had never been there and again, I live only a short drive from the base.

Walking up to the building, I felt so small. Each area could hold over 4,400 people. I could have spent a whole day in each area of that museum. It was honestly one of the coolest museums I have been through. I also got to walk through the Presidential planes!

It was truly an amazing experience and another one I will not forget. I am very thankful for being able to take trips like these and they have impacted me and my experience here at OU. I am also very thankful we have professors here that take the extra time to give us these kinds of experiences.

A Concert before Break

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 6 March 2019

As the spring break approaches, I have found my work load is steadily increasing, as per usual. Most professors are cramming midterms in before the halfway point of the year, and senior design is in full effect. Often, this time of year can be very stressful, so I think it’s important to take a mental break every once in a while. This time, I went to a concert last Saturday night in Columbus!

The show was Vince Staples, with JPEGMAFIA opening. I went with two friends and fellow ambassadors, Lydia and Quinn! We drove up Saturday evening, and came back later that night. Lydia has friends in Columbus, so we met up with them and attended the concert all together. It was fun to be able to hang out with her high school friends!

Both Vince Staples and JPEG make hip-hop/rap music. The concert was very high energy, and a great way to take my mind off of school! For its entirety, we did not stop dancing. Vince Staples ended the concert by playing an old performance of a fellow rapper and his late friend, Mac Miller. Mac is from Pittsburgh, like me, so I have always had a soft spot for him and thoroughly enjoy his music. It was a little bit of a sad way to end a concert, but I appreciated Vince’s gesture. Overall, it was a really fun night, and I’m glad I attended the concert with friends to take my mind off school for a few hours.

Cru Fall Retreat

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 October 2018

I love the vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges that make fall pop. Our campus has an abundance of these colors when the weather turns colder, and the trees tucked in between university buildings paint the perfect autumn scene.

While I always enjoy the fall foliage during walks to class, this year I got to take in the season at Scioto Hills Camp for a weekend retreat with Cru, a campus ministry. Some highlights of the weekend included bonding with the girls in
my Bible study, spectating Ohio’s largest ultimate pumpkin game, and learning from the event’s speaker.

From staying up late chatting in our cabin to drinking copious amount of coffee with breakfast the next morning, the girls in my Bible study really got to know each other and form close friendships at the retreat. During our free time, we participated in archery, ziplining, and even took the paddle boat for a spin around the pond.

The biggest event of the retreat was the always-rousing game of Ultimate Pumpkin. The rules are similar to ultimate frisbee, but with a twist; instead of a frisbee, a greased pumpkin is used. I watched from the hill as teams of twenty
college students swarmed the greased pumpkin as each team tried to move the pumpkin from one side of the field to the other. Even though the pumpkin broke into pieces, the game went on with seeds and pumpkin guts spewed over the field and players.

Finally, over four sessions, the speaker challenged us to understand the meanings of faith, works, and grace. He said, “Faith is something you can see.” When I returned to campus on Monday, I was sleep-deprived, but at the same time I felt rested and thankful for the time spent enjoying fall, fellowship, and time with God.

Pawpaw Festival

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 16 September 2018

This weekend I got to take a trip over to Snowden Lake for the 20th annual Pawpaw Festival. This event is centered around the pawpaw, a.k.a the hillbilly papaya, with presentations and activities focusing on the history and use of the pawpaw, including how to grow it, cook with it, and even use it for medicinal purposes!

As I walked around, I was able to visit booths set up by local food and art vendors. We were able to watch a show showcasing a band from Columbus called the Randys. My friend and I grabbed some pawpaw flavored eats and drinks and posted up on a haybales in front of the main stage of the festival to listen to them. After getting some grub, we walked on to the art booths where we saw many beautiful pieces, ranging from leather belts, to glass jewelry, to pawpaw themed paper hats. I’m a sucker for handmade jewelry, so of course I ended up buying a pair of earrings!

This was the first time in my four years here at Ohio University attending the PawPaw Festival, and I regret not going sooner. It’s easy to get stuck in a bubble on campus, only focusing on school, so I’m glad I was able to get out and enjoy what the local community has to offer.

Camping with Friends

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 March 2018

During this year’s spring break, I went backpacking with some friends. Our original plan was to go to Dolly Sods, West Virginia. However, after looking at the weather forecast, we reluctantly admitted that it would be a tad too cold and snowy to camp for four days. With our plans ruined, we needed to find somewhere a little warmer, but hopefully just as beautiful. With our options
limited, we chose Zaleski State Forest.

Once all our classes ended on the Friday before spring break, we met up and went on a quick trip to the grocery store. Getting food and packing up took much longer than expected, so we didn’t get to the trailhead until dark. This meant we had to hightail it for a few miles until we found a nice campsite.

Once we finally found a site and set up our tents, it was time to eat. This was an important night in my life in terms of camping. It was the night I learned that tortellini is an amazing food to eat while camping. (If you learn nothing else from this post, please remember this).

The rest of the trip was just as enjoyable, even if it was a little cold. Every time I get to go camping is great, but this was especially enjoyable because I brought some of my oldest friends on their first backpacking trip.

Winter Wonders

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 6 February 2017

Winter is a season that people either hate or love–there usually isn’t an in-between. I am one of those people that love winter for the sole reason that I love snow. With that said, Athens has been lacking the amount of snow which is a bit depressing. Luckily, I was able to go skiing over our winter break in Michigan at a ski resort called Caberfae Peaks.

I started skiing way back in sixth grade, after I was fed up of falling down every thirty seconds on a snowboard. I was amazed the first time I went down a trail on skis, that I had control of myself and didn’t fall! Every since that moment, I never looked back at snowboarding for the sole fact that my body was aching after a day out in the snow.

My favorite thing to do while skiing is meander through the trees. There have been a few instances where I start going really fast and the path is so narrow that you can’t slow down, so you find yourself face first with a tree. Thankfully for me, it has only happened a couple of times.

My favorite skiing story of all time is when my dad was bragging to my sister and I about how fast he could go down a hill. So we waited at the bottom to watch him come flying down, but ten minutes passed and we still couldn’t see him. Eventually, he comes down the hill very slowly to tell us that at the top of the hill he fell and he forgot that he had a golf ball in his pocket. Every since that day, we check our pockets before we go skiing so we don’t almost break our ribs from falling on a golf ball!