Junior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 5 April 2015 –
Something I have learned to truly appreciate at Ohio University is the wide variety of classes available outside of the Russ College. Every semester I make a conscious effort to add something I both have a personal interest in and is outside of my major into my class schedule.
One of the most enjoyable classes I have taken was on the fundamentals of rock climbing. The class covered basic climbing techniques, safety, and general practices. We learned how to tie key climbing knots and set up tethers for varying situations one might encounter at different climbing locations. One thing I really valued about the class was the truly hands on element it offered.
After four in-class meetings learning about the proper techniques and knots used on climb sites we had three days dedicated to applying what we learned. Our instructor took us to two different climbing locations and one nifty bouldering location in areas surrounding Athens. We had the opportunity to climb natural rocks using equipment we set up as a class. Additionally, we were responsible for each other’s safety as we each took turns belaying while other classmates climbed.
I enjoy exploring Athens and taking advantage of the many recreational activities the surrounding area has to offer. The rock-climbing course enabled me to do this and more. I continue to search for recreational classes as I find them to be a great way to just relax and enjoy myself.
Junior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 8 March 2015 –
Finding things to do other than stay in your house or room when the weather gets cold often proves to be a challenge. I find this to hold true for myself on occasion, even as a self-proclaimed winter weather dresser professional, meaning I can get out and about whenever I please.
I found my first winter in Athens to be particularly challenging because I was unaware of many off-campus activities that were both affordable and more importantly reachable. While I have since learned of many local digs I have recently been playing favorites with the Fun Barn.
While the Fun Barn is not within walking distance of the university it is still within a fifteen minute drive. The Fun Barn has many of the newest releases at a reasonable price of $4, which is often the bait for myself and anyone else I am going with.
The real hook, though,is the environment. The Fun Barn reminds me of a Chuck-E-Cheese. Before entering the movies there is a food bar and arcade. The arcade has some of my most memorable childhood games: Skeeball and ticket roulette. There are also modern games such as a ticketed form of Deal or No Deal and Fruit Ninja.
While the Fun Barn has a lot to offer the best reason to go is to have the chance to ride one of their three coin operated kiddie rides. You can see me below riding with Dr. Seuss in his slick silver car.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Athens, OH 18 November 2014 –
Having a break from classes and studying is necessary to keep my sanity. Of course classes are important, but having those moments when you forget about that exam coming up keeps me going.
One of my favorite things to do anytime of the week is ultimate Frisbee. I started playing at Adams Hall at the end of last summer and have been going almost every week since. I love competition, and ultimate is a way for me to take any stress that I have and channel that toward scoring touchdowns! Almost every week is a good turn out and I meet someone new. The atmosphere is relaxed and it is a great way to spend the evening.
Ultimate is not the only thing out there to partake in. There are plenty of other activities and other sports to play, have fun, meet people, and feed the competitive side. Last fall I was on a sand volleyball team that I enjoyed a lot. When I was out there, college soaked in a little more. Getting out of class, then casually playing some volleyball on south beach–it was great. Sign ups are pretty often for the different sessions and only takes a few clicks by going to the intramural sports website and creating an account on imleauges.
It is starting to get cold outside and snow is starting to fall. Ultimate Frisbee season is dying down–Wrong! The coordinator of Adams Hall was able to set up a designated time in the new Walter Field House for us to continue to play throughout the winter. Last Sunday was my first time using the facility and it was pretty cool. We had the whole field to ourselves and played for a few hours. They also have a track on the perimeter of the field and I think I am going to start using the Field house more often. I can’t wait to play next Sunday night!
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 8 November 2014 –
In addition to completing the homework assigned for classes, it is crucial to exercise and keep your body healthy. Over my time at OU, I have come to enjoy and participate in a number of the group fitness classes offered at Ping, our fitness center on campus. Group fitness classes are free to OU students and are offered Sunday-Saturday. Classes are led by OU students and include kickboxing, cardio dance, yoga, Zumba, cycling, hardcore (toning/strengthening abdominal and back muscles), and piloxing (a combination of pilates, kickboxing, and dance).
Of the classes offered, I most commonly attend kickboxing and cardio dance. Both are fun ways to burn calories and relieve stress. Kickboxing is a great workout where the instructor leads us through various series of motions throughout the 45-60 min class. In cardio dance, popular songs are choreographed to dance moves designed to make you sweat (similar to Zumba). Cardio dance is my favorite group fitness class offered. I really enjoy that while I am by no means a great dancer, no one cares; everyone is there to exercise—not to watch you make a fool of yourself!
Whether I attend by myself or with a group of my friends, group fitness classes are always a fun way to workout. I have also noticed that taking time to exercise helps clear my mind and makes
studying/completing homework assignments less overwhelming. Taking advantage of these offerings on campus lets you have fun and stay healthy at the same time.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 20 October 2014 –
This past weekend I traveled to Williston, Florida for the scuba diving class checkout trip. As the teaching assistant for the class, I spent a lot of hours planning and scheduling this trip and felt exhausted by the time 5:15 A.M. Thursday morning rolled around when it time to board the bus for the trip down. We got to Devil’s Den Spring in Florida at midnight Thursday and spent Friday morning diving in the spring, which is on a private farm and has crystal clear waters.
We had nothing planned for the rest of the day and instead of spending time hanging out by ourselves, a few of the students decided to ask our instructors if we could travel to Universal Studios theme park. Much to my surprise they said yes so we loaded up the van and traveled an hour and a half to Orlando. We got to spend 4 jam packed hours exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, riding the Incredible Hulk multiple times, and eating a delicious, and expensive, meal at the Hard Rock Café.
We dived in the den again on Saturday morning and spent the afternoon snorkeling down Rainbow River. That night we had a bonfire and even wound up crashing a wedding next door!
This weekend was the perfect mid-semester break from classes despite how hectic it was. Scuba diving at Ohio University has opened me up to a lot of opportunities in the past two years that I will forever be grateful for. Not only have I been able to get good at an incredible activity that I will be able to participate in for the rest of my life, but I have met countless amazing people throughout my time and made memories to last forever.
I encourage everyone to take a class in something they love doing. It makes school a lot more fun and breaks up the regular routine. Ohio University has numerous programs available and scuba diving is just one potentially life changing class! Get involved!