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The Great Outdoors

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 8 December 2017

My entire life, I have been quite the outdoorsman. I attribute some of that to my parents who took us camping twice a year with several close families.

In addition to that, I used to go “creeking” and catch all sorts of animals. I would keep these animals and study them for a few days, feeding and caring to them as needed, then I would release them back into the wild.

I was very close to entering a major in bio or even environmental engineering. I do not regret my decision to chose engineering technology. However, in the future I could see myself getting into an industry that can work with or protect the environment.

As I’ve grown older I’ve moved onto different kinds of outdoor hobbies. I started fishing religiously, hunting, cliff diving, backpacking with my pup or even doing “man vs. wild” with my friend.

The two things that made me appreciate nature the most were hunting, and the man vs. wild camps where we went out for 3 days with just a pot, a bb gun, and two knives.

Now a lot of people ask how I could hunt animals yet love nature? Everyone has an opinion and I respect that. I am not here to argue why I believe hunting is okay, but I truly believe it has made me more in tune with nature and helped me understand its complicated beauty.

I might sit outside and freeze all day without seeing one deer, but I get an opportunity to study nature that non-hunters cannot experience. I learn about varieties of plants and animals. I understand weather patterns and how animals react to it. I see the delicate balance of the ecosystem, and the interaction between animals at its simplest level, in which no book can teach.

For example, something I see too often: chipmunks will chirp loudly and scatter into holes, then 10 seconds later a hawk will fly by. It is that sort of communication and realization of nature’s community that has made me enjoy hunting so much.

Whether I am hunting, cliff diving, hiking, camping, etc. nature has never failed to amaze me. At every turn, I will educate people on its importance advocate for its sustainability for future generations.

Here’s a short video I made about my love for nature and the outdoors.

Snowboarding in Colorado

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 3 December 2017

Around 5:00 pm on Friday, December 15, the last day of finals week this semester, my friends and I will start the 21-hour drive from Athens, Ohio to Keystone, Colorado. One of these friends is a fellow engineering ambassador, Dan Riordan.

Once we get to Keystone, we will be skiing and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains. This will be the third year that we take such a trip. It will also be the third year that I spend much of November and all of December impatiently waiting to be in Colorado. Although it does make it slightly harder to concentrate on studying for finals, this snowboarding trip is a great way to end fall semester.

I learned to snowboard in eighth grade, and since then I have tried to spend as much time on the mountain as possible. This became especially important once I got to college; spending a day or two where I’m only concerned about how much snow is falling each day is a great stress relief.

Snowboarding trips like this one are also rewarding because I get to notice myself getting better every year.

If the past two paragraphs have not already convinced you that I’m a big fan of snowboarding, I suggest you ask any of my friends, roommates, or classmates if I have offered to teach them to snowboard. I doubt you’ll get too many “no” responses.

Staying Healthy

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 November 2017

Based on my previous blog posts, it might have become apparent that I am very into health and fitness. When I am not studying or doing school work, I love learning about ways to stay healthy and looking at new workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I do other things in my free time such as hangout with friends, watch movies, go out to eat, but health is my passion.

I started getting into health when I was in high school. I knew about the rumors of the “freshman 15” and did not want that to happen to me. Because of this, I started doing my homework on nutrition and healthy habits. I grew up playing a lot of sports and always loved food. I have a HUGE appetite, so did not want to deprive myself and instead be mindful of what I eat.

After much trial and error from healthy “diets” and workouts, I have found the best solution for myself. I listen to my body every day and fuel myself with my cravings by eating healthy alternatives to certain foods. For example, if I want a milkshake, I might make a banana and almond milk smoothie. It may sound gross at first, but to me it is delicious. I have learned to live this way instead of trying to “diet”. It works way better and helps me stop craving unhealthy food.

For exercising, it is pretty much the same thing. I try to do something active every day, but it all depends how I feel and what I am in the mood to do. Some days I wake up and my IT band aches from my running injury. For days like this, I don’t kill myself with a hard workout and instead I do an easy yoga practice or go for a walk. Other days I may be in the mood to do something really challenging and will then go to the gym to have a great workout, usually consisting of HIIT exercises.

Health is not only about diet and exercise. It also has to do with getting enough sleep, not stressing out, taking vitamins for your specific deficiencies, and most importantly being happy! Mental health is so important and is sometimes disregarded. I am not a fitness or health expert, nor am I the most in shape or healthiest person. This, however, is my passion and I love incorporating healthy habits in my everyday life.

Hiking, Biking, and Bouldering: Athens in Autumn

Daniel Riordan

Daniel Riordan,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 6 November 2017

During the fall semester in Athens, Ohio, a funny thing happens where nearly every day is warm enough for shorts or cool enough for a wind breaker. The winter weather rarely ever hits before the end of Finals Week, so every weekend or free afternoon offers an opportunity to get outside and have some
fun.

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway (in other words, the Athens bike trail) offers bikers, joggers, and walkers a scenic route on winding pavement under the canopy created by the autumn-colored trees lining the path. I’m a huge fan of the spot, and whether I’m feeling a short six-mile round-trip bike ride or if I’m feeling adventurous enough to go further, I do my best to head over there a few times a week.

Even if you don’t have access to a vehicle that can take you far from Athens, plenty of hiking opportunities very close to Athens are best experienced this time of year.

I’ve enjoyed my first trip down a mountain bike trail near The Ridges, but the best memories of the area are from going on runs up to the top of Radar Hill and back with my roommates. The trails at the Ridges, especially the one leading to the top of Radar Hill, are my favorite places to escape and get a breath of fresh air this time of year. The rolling green hills are pretty to look at, and I can’t think of a more beautiful and more convenient way to get a calf workout than exploring them.

Making Time for Yoga

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 16 October 2017

No matter how busy I am, I always try to do something active for a part of my day. One of my favorite types of exercise is yoga. I have been practicing yoga since I was a sophomore in high school.

I used to run track freshman and sophomore year of high school, but I had to quit due to horrible pains in my left knee and along my IT band. I started going to physical therapy and they recommended yoga. Ever since then, I have been hooked.

Not only is yoga a great exercise, but it also is great for your mind. It requires pure concentration to receive the best results. There are many types of yoga: vinyasa, yin, hot yoga, slow flow, power, etc. My favorite is hot power yoga, but I must be in the mood to work hard because it is a challenging workout.

I love practicing yoga first thing in the morning; it is a great way to start my day Yoga calms my mind every day and helps me stretch and strengthen my muscles.

Another reason I love it so much is because yoga is meant for all age levels and can be done anywhere. I personally like studios the most, but as a college student with limited funds, I can only go to studio classes every occasionally. Normally I practice in my bedroom by watching “Yoga with Adrianne” on YouTube. I definitely recommend it if you want to start practicing!

CS Life

Jordan Osman

Jordan Osman,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 25 September 2017

Over the summer I ended up taking a probability and statistics course and linear
algebra course. It was my second summer at OU, so I was pretty excited to utilize the rock climbing wall since there would never be a wait. I also hiked often and really got to know Athens and places near Athens without the massive influx of people.

Related to engineering, I ended up going through a couple of phone screenings and a technical interview and eventually offered a job when I graduate in 2018.

Other than that I have been enjoying learning more about graphics and hardware performance and have been seeing my professors over the summer if I had any questions.

Something new that I’ve been doing this semester is regularly scheduled activities like basketball, strikers, board games, and other activities with my friends weekly which has been a lot of fun.

Another activity I have been getting involved in is attending the Ohio Women’s soccer games with my friends which has probably been one of my favorite things to ever partake in at OU. My roommate and I also occasionally attend the field hockey games as well which is also a fun time.

Summer in Athens

Nathan Arnett

Nathan Arnett,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 September 2017

This past summer I was fortunate enough to work as an intern for the City of Athens Water Treatment Plant. While I could go on about the job itself or the amazing people I met at and through the plant, I think the more eye-opening experience was living in Athens for the summer—when the number of students in the city drops dramatically.

Spending a summer in Athens certainly has many perks. Sure, it may seem somewhat empty at times, and not all of your friends from class are there. But this just serves to open many more opportunities to explore everything that the city and surrounding area have to offer.

Over the summer, there are various events held right in the heart of Athens that offer great opportunities to get out and meet people. For example, “Boogie on the Bricks,” “Ohio Brew Week,” and multiple car shows are all held right on Court Street—Athens’ central street. A laid-back summer without classes also left many opportunities to mountain bike on the nearby trails, and to go kayaking at the nearby Stroud’s Run State Park.

All in all, it was a great summer spent right here in Athens, Ohio. However, I cannot say I am upset all the students are back and the semester is in full swing yet again. While the summer was nice, it’s nice to see all the friends I have made over the past three years, and it’s certainly exciting to get my last year of undergrad underway!