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Adopting a New Best Friend

Sean Neff

Sean Neff,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 5 November 2017

When someone asks, “What’s the one thing you miss most about home?” My answer from freshman year all the way to senior year remained the same: “I miss my dog.” It’s a common answer from a lot of college students. Yet, because I lived in the dorms for Air Force ROTC for three years, I was never able to get the chance to adopt my own new best friend to remedy my home-dog-sickness.

Now in my senior year, I live in an apartment complex that is dog-friendly…so I was finally able look at adopting dogs from the local shelters.

It was a long process, looking at all the options available for adopting a new best friend. There were so many amazing dogs that were fun and had such great personalities. On a beautiful October weekend, I took a trip to a rescue shelter just south of Athens. They had over 50 dogs at the shelter, a lot of which were rescues from the southern part of the country due to the hurricanes earlier this fall.

The shelter workers took me to see all of the dogs, but right before we were going to leave, they showed me one more room. In that room was a happy and smiling black Labrador retriever named Molly. After we took her out of her pen, I knew immediately that this dog was the one. She was so full of life and energy. I had to take her home that day, and I did.

Molly

Her story is quite remarkable as well. She is a survivor of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, being pulled out of the flood waters by rescue workers. After her owners couldn’t be found, she traveled the 17-hour car ride to Athens to be put into the rescue shelter.

She has been such a bright spot in my life this semester. Even though ROTC and school have been incredibly busy, it’s such a good feeling to come home to a bright smiling face. She loves running around in our apartment greenspace and chasing birds from the bushes. She’s always down to go for a walk or a run to the dog park.

Her favorite thing to do is play fetch at Strouds Run State Park. I’ve never seen a creature happier than when someone throws a stick or ball across the lake at Strouds and she swims after it. It is unbelievable to me to think about how our two worlds collided, and I don’t think we both could be any luckier to have each other.

Becoming a Cat Owner

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Senior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 27 September 2017

I have always been a huge pet lover and ever since going to college I could not wait until I went back home to play with my neighbors dog. Being in the dorms for two years I was not able to have an animal. I had friends who had dogs when they moved into a house, so I would go over and play with their dogs. Once I moved off campus last year, I tried so hard to get a dog but I had a roommate who was terrified of dogs. Thankfully my neighbors had a dog that I would watch from time to time to help them out.

Since there are some days that I am not home because I am flying all day I accepted that I would not be able to care for a dog while in college. Earlier this month, though, things changed and I became a cat mom.

My roommate and I were walking home and we decided to stop into a thrift store that is apart of the Humane Society to play with the kittens to relieve some stress. When we walked into the store and asked about the kittens, the owner asked if we just wanted to play or willing to adopt. I said just play unless something changes.

The owner brought out a cat named Crackers and introduced him to me and I knew that I would be leaving the store with him. When the owner first brought him out I went to pet him and he just rolled over on his back and the rest was history.

I took him home and renamed him Leo and spent my 21st birthday playing with the cat I just got rather than going out. I stopped by the store a few days later to tell the owner that Leo had found his forever home. I found out that this poor cat was abused and abandoned before the owner got him and all adoption fees were waived because they just wanted him to have a good home. He is a goofball that likes to play fetch and watch all the birds from the sliding door in my apartment.

Graduation and What’s Next

Alyson Meister

Alyson Meister,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 26 April 2016

Yesterday I took my last final of my undergrad career and today I picked up my cap and gown. It’s starting to set in that my four years at OU is coming to an end and I will soon be starting the next chapter of my life.

I am excited for my family to come down this weekend for graduation. My paternal grandparents, father and brother are all graduates of OU as well and this will be the first we will all be on campus together, and likely the last. I am so thankful for my Bobcat family I have created during my time here, but even more so that I have a family of Bobcats to share my experiences with.

After graduation I will be spending May at home with family, going to a number of weddings and graduation parties and playing soccer with my dog, Jürgen.

Dog

At the first Engineering Ambassador meeting in the fall we had to introduce ourselves and share something from our bucket list. My bucket list item was that I wanted to backpack through Europe and so for the first two and a half weeks of June I will be doing just that. I am travelling with my cousin and her boyfriend and will be visiting Paris, Rome and Barcelona.

When I return I will have one week to get all of my things packed up and ready to move to Wisconsin. I will begin working full time for Epic Systems Corporation in Madison starting July 5th.

I’m excited to start anew, but nervous at the same time. I know no one in the area, I have only visited the area twice (once for my interview and once to go apartment hunting) and my hometown is a solid seven hour drive away. However, I am always up for a challenge and I am looking forward to using my skills to create for good.

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.

My Furry Friend

Katie Logue

Katie Logue,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 17 November 2015

As enjoyable as my time here at the Russ College has been, I would be lying if I said there were no days (or endless nights) crammed with homework, meetings, studying, and projects. Engineering school can be stressful, especially when you’re taking on extracurricular activities, group projects, and leadership positions at the same time, so it’s important to take time to step away from the stress and get your mind off of things.

One of my favorite ways to do that is by spending time taking walks with a very special furry friend, Carmen, my nearly two year old miniature goldendoodle. Sometimes just a short jog on the bike path to get out of our apartment does us both a world of good. Even though the weather is getting colder as winter approaches, we try to take advantage of the last few warm days any chance we get. I’ve always loved getting out on the bike path, but it’s even better when I have someone to tag along who enjoys it as much as I do.

I’m so thankful to have Carmen, who never seems to mind when I complain about studying. She’ll stay right by my side, no matter how late I have to stay up to get my homework done. She’s always waiting for me with a smile on her face when I get home from class. She even plays along on Halloween weekend, getting dressed up in costume with me and the rest of my friends.

Carmen

Getting a dog has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I was a little worried about the added responsibility of having an animal to take care of during college, but I like to think of her as a friend and not a responsibility. It has been so worth it, and I can’t imagine living in Athens without her.

Spending Time at the Dog Park

Justin Lumbard

Justin Lumbard,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 November 2014

As busy as engineering can be, it is important to make sure to enjoy the little parts about college that really make it the experience that it should be. At the end of last year, I adopted a puppy (Cookie) because I enjoy the company and attention a canine friend gives you at the end of the long days studying.

Cookie

Recently, I discovered a really nice dog park right on campus that I often take Cookie to. She is the kind of dog that never actually gets tired and can outrun almost any other dog that she has ever come across. Fortunately for me, there are almost always several other dogs at the park that will attempt to wear her out, and when there are not, Cookie and I have been trying to learn the obstacle course as a sort of game for her.

Cookie

It is always good to have a nice sunny day to remind engineers what the outside world is actually like this late in the semester. Having a dog while in college can be stressful, but the company is absolutely worth it in the end.

Cookie

This time at the dog park, the dogs were in prime form. I hadn’t seen them run so much in such a small amount of time. Being the engineer that I am, one of these days I will rig up a GPS to Cookie’s collar to see how far they actually run while they are there.