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, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 10 December 2013 – The weather in Ohio is always changing. A few weeks ago, right before Thanksgiving, it was snowing so bad people were afraid to drive home, last week it was so warm people were in shorts, and then fast-forward to today and the snow is back. The constant change of the weather is one of my favorite parts of living in Ohio and being at Ohio University.
We have such a wide range of traditions at OU for each type of weather. When it is warm out the students flock to South Beach, which has basketball courts, volleyball courts, and large fields to utilize in whatever way you want from laying in the sun to LARPING. When it is snowing, most people love to take whatever rectangular shaped object they can find to one of our many large hills and go sledding! There is never a dull moment in Athens, there is always something to do, no matter the weather.
My favorite thing to do when it is warm out is to simply walk around and admire how beautiful our campus is. There are so many trees and so much interesting architecture, you always find something new to enjoy. One of my favorite parts of the winter is people watching. Whenever there is snow on the ground the pace at which people walk instantly decreases. I am constantly entertained by the connection you seem to have when strangers, friends, and I are all slipping from class to class together.
Senior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 18 September 2013 – This summer was a long and very busy one. Immediately following the completion of spring semester, I had the pleasure of spending the month of May in Northern Greece. Through the Ohio University College of Business’ Global Consulting Program (GCP), a group of OU students and I traveled to Thessaloniki to work on a joint business and engineering consulting internship with a local Greek company. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, home to just over 1,000,000 people, and is located along the coast of the Thermaic Gulf.
Our mixed team of Greek and American students was paired with an elevator manufacturing company that had an impressive fabrication facility and showroom located just outside of the city. We were assigned the task of researching new technologies in lift interior compartments as well as researching strategies for the company to expand their business into northern Baltic countries.
One of our most well received recommendations to the company was to integrate a touch screen display in the lift cabin to add an innovative touch to the lift experience. The purpose of the system would be to give elevator riders quick access to information such as local weather forecasts, stock figures, or news headlines. We suggested that the use of a Raspberry Pi microcomputer installed with the Android operating system would offer the easiest and most cost efficient method of system implementation. The company was very receptive to the idea because the use of Android software would eliminate the need to hire a full time software developer, and this type of system would set their products apart from competitors.
After completing our program, we left Thessaloniki to get some much-needed R&R in the Greek islands of Ios and Santorini. It’s one thing to see the islands in pictures and movies, but it’s an entirely different experience to see them in person. Between the breathtaking views, the crystal clear water beaches, the people and the food, I couldn’t find anything I didn’t love about Greece. The trip was truly extraordinary and I can’t wait until I can go back again!