Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 12 October 2014 –
In October of my junior year of high school, I visited Ohio University for the first time to watch my older brother perform with the Marching 110 at a football game. I remember how exciting the halftime performance was and how much the crowd loved the band. I was so proud of my brother, and that visit was a big part of my decision to come to OU.
I auditioned for the band before my freshman year and have been a member all four years. Although it can be overwhelming and exhausting, it really is one of my favorite things about OU. I absolutely love performing at halftime and experiencing the crowd’s reaction, especially after a dance chart. It’s hard to explain that rush we get on the field, knowing that we’re a part of something that brings so much joy and energy to a stadium full of people. The 110 was recently named the ‘Nation’s Best College Marching Band’, which is such an honor, but we don’t do what we do for titles. Our goals every week are to perform to the best of our abilities, entertain the crowd, and have a ton of fun! If we do that, we’ve done our job.
As much as I love being in the 110, my involvement in Cru is what gives me life. I lead a community group of girls on East Green, and many of my best friends are in my Action Group of East Green leaders (pictured).
I love the opportunity I get to work with these awesome ladies and watch how God is growing them! At Fall Retreat last weekend, I made the decision to apply for STINT (Short Term International) with Cru for a year after graduation. It’s not official yet, but I may be ministering to college students in Asia next year, which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. My path has definitely been shaped by the things I love, both band in getting me to attend OU and Cru in sharing my faith after leaving.
Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 3 September 2014 –
The start of a new semester is always quite exciting thinking about the new obstacles that lie ahead. It feels like I just finished overcoming classes and projects from last semester, but I am ready to face the new ones.
One thing here at Ohio University that has helped me in my endeavors to receive a diploma has been my involvement with a student organization called Cru. Cru stands for Campus Crusade for Christ and is a ministry here on campus. Through this organization I have met some of my closest friends. These are friends who have encouraged me through difficult times and challenged me when it seemed to be easier than it should be.
This past summer I had the opportunity to go on a six-week mission trip with Cru to a little country called Slovenia. Slovenia is an absolutely beautiful place and is filled with so much to discover. While in Slovenia, our mission was to connect with students attending The University of Ljubljana and learn about their perspectives on life while sharing with them the opportunity they had with the Cru organization there. In Slovenia, this partnership is connected to the same Cru here at Ohio University, but it is for the Slovene students. It’s an organization where students are welcome to come and ask questions and find answers about who God is and what it means to have a relationship with Him.
The six weeks I spent in Slovenia were life-changing and one of the greatest things I have done in my life. I am thankful that Ohio University offers such intimate student organizations where you can truly find who you are and what you are most passionate about.
Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 25 November 2013 – As a student in the Russ College of Engineering, it is important to find a way to blow off some steam and relieve stress. One way to do that is to get involved! Although engineering and technology majors require a lot of time and effort, there is still plenty of time to get involved in non-engineering related organizations on campus. This is great because even though I love computer science, all the work can be stressful if that’s all I’m doing. That’s why I chose to get involved!
One of the groups I am involved with on campus is a student Christian organization called Cru. Through Cru, I help lead a bible study on for guys living on West Green. They also have weekly meetings that are kind of like a church service geared towards college students. I love Cru because it allows me to meet other people who are outside of my major and who share in my faith. Getting involved with organizations like Cru or other non-engineering groups is great for engineering students because it gives us a chance to focus on something other than class.
Another way I relieve stress is by working out. Working out helps me take my mind off of schoolwork. Also, studies show that students who work out tend to do better in class. Lucky for me, Ping Center (the recreation center) is free for all students and comes complete with weight rooms, basketball courts, racquetball courts, an indoor track, cardio machines and even a rock climbing wall!
Sometimes Ping Center even holds triathlons or other organized competitions that students can sign up for. I have yet to participate in one but I hope to compete in a triathlon the next time they have one. If you’re like me and working out is one of the ways you relieve stress, I think you’ll find that OU has a lot to offer people who like to be active.