Tag Archives: recreation

Intramural Sports

Nathan Arnett

Nathan Arnett,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 14 November 2016

One may think that being ‘bogged down’ by an engineering curriculum and involvement in various organizations would leave no time for any fun–but this is not the case!

For the second consecutive fall, some of my closest friends and I have got together an intramural flag football team for the 7 on 7 Men’s Competitive League, and it is always an absolute blast on game days.

I strongly believe that a good balance between studies/involvement and recreation is essential for any engineering–or any discipline, really–student’s success. It is a great way to unwind from the inevitable stress of day-to-day college life, and also a great way to stay active and to just have fun with some friends.

In addition to intramural sports, it’s not too difficult to work time
into my schedule to make it to Ping Recreational Center for pick-up games of basketball once a week or so. Like I said earlier, when faced with what can be a stressful curriculum, physical activities and a little competition go a long way

Training for a Half Marathon

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 6 October 2016

This past summer, I started becoming more interested in running. I used to love running when I was younger. I ran the 4×400 m dash and the 400 m dash for track in middle school and high school. I also started running cross country in high school. Unfortunately, my running days came to an end due to very tight muscles in my knees. I had to go to physical therapy for a month in order to try healing them. The therapy did not seem to work, so I quit running for a year or so and my knees felt a lot better.

Last year, I decided to start running again since my knee pain was gone. It was a slow start and very hard to finish even a mile or two. This past summer, however, I had an internship at JPMorgan Chase in Columbus. A few of my friends from high school live there, so I was glad I got to hang out with them a lot. I decided to join a local gym with one of my friends so we could have something to do together after work. She not only worked out, but also ran a lot. She has actually finished a few half marathons in Columbus, which at the moment, I thought was crazy.

My friend, Marissa, motivated me to start running more. I stretch every day now, so the knee pain has not returned, thankfully. After I could run four miles pretty easily, I started asking her about the half marathon. She told me that I could find routines online that fit with my running level and how often I wanted to run, and there was one coming up in Columbus on October 16th 2016.

It took me a little while before I actually committed to the half marathon. I started my training in the middle of July, running three days a week: one easy run, one pace run, and one long run. Now, I am two weeks away from my first half marathon and feel very confident in my training. I finished ten miles last Friday and will continue to run for the next two weeks to work on speed. My goal is to finish in less than two hours. Training for this half marathon during school has been a pretty big commitment, but I am very excited that it will finally happen soon so I can feel accomplished.

News and Recreation

Paige Preske

Paige Preske,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 26 February 2016

Wrapping up my senior year I have some long days in the classroom. So when I get home I like to relax by getting a work out in and checking up on current events.

I love running outside for my work out, but with the weather being fickle I have been getting laps in at our aquatic center. For me it’s a great way to unwind and blow off some steam. As a bonus, our aquatic center is big enough that I don’t ever have a problem finding a lane to swim in.

After my workout I’m pretty tired and enjoy kicking back and watching the news. Usually I have the news on the T.V. in the background and read up on articles on my phone.

I recently found a news source that emails me daily with a briefing on everything that’s new from the day before. It’s short, sweet, and entertaining; I find it a good way to keep up with the primaries.

By the time I’ve worked out and caught up on the news I’ve unwound from the day. Usually I’ll look over my agenda before I end my day, I’ll add new assignments and make sure I’m on schedule with other assignments. After all that, I’m ready to start the next day.

Winter Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Jordan Sapp

Jordan Sapp,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 22 February 2016

“What is there to do on the weekends when you go to Ohio University” you may ask? Well, that is a great question. It is quite often that the weekends call for some time away from the books, spent outside in nature. Ohio University offers some of the best outdoor activities that are not often found at a university.

A few weeks ago, we were hit with an intense blizzard bringing down close to eight inches of snow. Some were snowed in, but my friend Jake and I had different plans. We decided to drive two hours south of campus to ski slopes at a place called Winter Place. We spent the entire day riding up ski lifts and dropping down some great slopes.

Chair Lift

Whenever I get the chance to break out the snowboard, I do not hesitate, but go straight for it. It is really awesome to have a friend like Jake who is so willing to spontaneously hop in the car and head for the hills, literally.

This past weekend, the exact opposite happened with the weather, it was 70 degrees on Friday and Saturday. So, once again I had to take advantage of the awesomeness Ohio University offers in its outdoor options.

My friend Steven and I drove over to Strouds Run State Park, about a five minute drive from campus, and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. We went for a four mile run and then chilled out in our hammocks. The greatest part of the day was while we were walking back from our run, we spotted a Bald Eagle fishing in the lake.

Bald Eagle

It was the first time I have ever seen an eagle in its natural environment. It was such an awesome experience that isn’t offered at any typical university.

Taking time away from studies is one of the most important things to a healthy student lifestyle, it just so happens that Athens has some of my favorite things to do during my breaks!

Alexa Hoynacke

Alexa Hoynacke,
Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 February 2016

An activity that I have been very involved in at Ohio University since coming here as a freshman 2-1/2 years ago is Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits (OUOP).

Two weeks before starting freshman year I participated in the OUOP New Adventures program. Along with 7 other freshmen, I went on a 4-day rock climbing trip in the Red River Gorge. I had rock climbed a little bit in high school, but this was my first time on real rock. This experience was absolutely amazing and I met one of my best friends in college on this trip. I recommend that every freshman look into this program.

In this picture I am belaying my friend Charlie on a route in the Red River Gorge. This was a trip we took last summer.

Rock Climbing

Since participating in New Adventures I have had some awesome experience with OUOP. I have gone on kayaking, backpacking and caving trips. I currently am an OUOP rock wall supervisor. I am very lucky that I found a job doing something that I love.

This past weekend was the Spring Climbing Competition. About 40 people from around the state participated which was an awesome turnout. I worked the competition so I help judge our intermediate division and helped run the event. OUOP offers something for every student and I am so happy I got involved my freshman year.

Time out for Bowling

Wilson Taylor

Wilson Taylor,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 22 February 2016

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience something new in Athens, Ohio—bowling. Since first coming to Athens I’ve always wanted to go bowling, but I’ve never given myself time to adventure to the Rollerbowl, the local bowling lanes.

While I don’t bowl frequently, it’s something I often have fond memories of. After throwing my first ball this past weekend I started to doubt these memories, very quickly. All the way through my fourth toss was my interest with bowling challenged. Having thrown my first four balls as straight gutters I was beginning to realize bowling wasn’t something I wouldn’t ‘just remember.’

Regardless of my performance I was noticing something while throwing those first few balls: the bowling lanes in Athens, Ohio offered a unique environment. The environment in the bowling alley on a Saturday afternoon was purely energetic.

Nearly half of the lanes were rented out to two or three families throwing parties for their children. From there, the ages ranged from elderly families taking an afternoon out to other groups of college students looking to get off campus. The lanes offered a positive environment where various groups could gather together and enjoy bowling, regardless of skill level. Throughout the afternoon I gradually threw fewer and fewer gutter balls. While I never managed to break 100 I still found the afternoon to be a lot of fun.

Sibs Weekend 2016

Nicole Sova

Nicole Sova,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 11 February 2016

Every year OU holds family weekends: Parents, Moms, Dads, and&emdash;most recently&emdash;Sibs Weekend. As an out-of-state student, these weekends bring one of two things. They are either an exciting family reunion packed with as many of my favorite Athens activities as I can fit into one short weekend, or they are a chance to get to know my friends’ families while trying to push aside thoughts of missing my own family.

Sibs weekend this year was a combination of the two. My sister, Alexis, is now a freshman at OU, so even though my other sisters were not able to come down I was still able to enjoy the weekend with family.

Sibs Weekend

With all of the scheduled Sibs Weekend activities, we started out the weekend by lounging around in my apartment trying to figure out which events we wanted to attend. We decided to check out a lot of the events (like the Sibs carnival and Sibs bash), but didn’t spend much time at any Sibs weekend event. Instead, we spent the weekend together doing normal things and taking tons of pictures, treating the time together like a novelty.

Sibs Weekend

We spent Saturday afternoon goofing off at Ping Recreation Center. Because there was a Sibs weekend Zumbathon, the normally scheduled Zumba class was canceled and we were able to take over the group fitness room. We held our own Zumba session and then tried to see who could handstand the longest (Alexis won).

Sibs Weekend

After Ping, we ran some errands and stopped for a coffee at Tim Horton’s. Tim Horton’s coffee dates used to be our favorite at home, so it just seemed appropriate to spend a bit of Sibs Weekend chatting over coffee.

To end the perfect Sibs Weekend Saturday we decided to go see the Bobcats Senior night hockey game. Watching the fans run around the arena after every goal I began to get nostalgic: knowing that that was the last game I’d see as an undergrad and that many of the players I had watched since freshman year were now graduating.

Then Lex made me pose for a snapchat and I remembered what a great day we had just had.

Sibs Weekend

However, the day was far from over. After Ohio beat Illinois (by a landslide) we stayed to take our turn on the ice for an open skate.

Sibs Weekend

We skated for hours, despite not being especially good at it, because Adam, my friend (and fellow engineering ambassador) promised to give Alexis a ride on the Zamboni as he cleaned up the ice at the end of the night.

Sibs Weekend

Sibs Weekend

As Adam and Alexis drove around the ice, I slipped back into slight nostalgia. I have loved all of my experiences at OU. I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to share these experiences and friends with my sister not only on special weekends, but all the time.