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Road Trip to See The Maine

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 November 2019

For the long weekend, a friend and I traveled to Buffalo, NY and Toronto, ON to see my favorite band, The Maine. I was unable to make the Cleveland show, so we decided to make a trip out of it! After the concerts, we stayed an extra day in Toronto to explore the city and do touristy activities like going up the CN tower and seeing Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls


Before the concerts in Buffalo and Toronto, we got dressed up in our gold outfits (the tour had a gold theme) and took pictures in the photobooth the band had set up before the concert.

The Maine

his tour is called ‘The Mirror’, so on-stage stood a mirror-like screen that displayed videos and lyrics throughout the concert. Everyone brought yellow flowers and threw them on stage during the last song, Flowers on The Grave. After the show, I also chatted with members of the band.

The Maine

Toronto was my 30th The Maine show, and the concert in Buffalo marked the 9th state I’ve seen them in. It’s crazy to think that a band I found in middle school would remain such a big part of my life until college.

Even after all this time, going to their shows brings me the same amount of happiness and excitement. This band has allowed me to travel to places I never would’ve thought, have given me a sense of belonging, and have provided me with an escape from the stressful world of school.

From Internship to Full-Time

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 18 September 2019

Since this is my first blog post since the start of my senior year, I thought I would fill you all in on all of the exciting things I got to do and experience this past summer.

I’ll start by filling you in on my internship with ABB. This was my second rotation working at ABB’s Cleveland office. Last summer I was in a systems engineering position, and this summer I was in a proposals engineering role. I worked closely with customers, account managers, and many other people throughout the company to put together proposals for around 32 different projects. These proposals define the scope of work of each particular project as well as what equipment the customer will be receiving.

It was amazing to apply what I had learned last summer as well as my technical and writing skills to make a difference for a company. It even ended in a full time job offer for after graduation! I am so excited to continue my career at ABB and see where it takes me.

I also did a lot of travelling this summer—something that has always been very important to me. I traveled to Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, as well as Carolina Beach with my family and friends. I saw so many new places and got to have so many different experiences.

I am very grateful for the amazing final summer that I had as a student. On to the real world next summer!

Summer Internship in San Francisco

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 2 September 2019

This past summer I got the opportunity to work with Turner Construction Company out in San Francisco, California. I was able to get the internship through the Russ College Career Fair that occurred last fall.

I worked for three months on the San Francisco Airport Terminal 2 Build Back project.

San Francisco Airport

It was a great experience to oversee the construction work that was happening for several floors above an active terminal. It kept me busy and I learned so many new skills!

San Francisco Airport

When I wasn’t working at the airport, I was getting as much hiking done as I could with my roommate. Without having a car, access to the best hiking spots were very limited. So, we stuck to the surrounding Bay Area. We explored Muir Woods (home of giant redwoods), summitted Mount Tam and trekked to hidden beaches all summer long.

San Francisco Airport

By the end of the summer we were in some of the best shape of our lives just from the (surprisingly strenuous) hiking alone! Between these two activities I stayed active this whole summer getting the explore the city through construction sites and hiking trials. It is an opportunity I hope to have again!

Summer Co-op in Arizona

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 30 August 2019

Right after finals last Spring semester, I packed up all my things and moved out to Phoenix, Arizona for an internship with Freeport-McMoRan, a copper mining company. It was a little scary living so far away from Ohio, but it ended up being a truly amazing and rewarding experience.

At Freeport, I worked with the Project Controls team and facilitated change management and contract administration procedures for mining projects in Arizona and internationally. I also had the opportunity to spend a week on-site at one of the mines which was super interesting! I got to tour the different facilities and get a better understanding of mining processes.

Arizona mine

While I was in Arizona, I went hiking almost every weekend (when it wasn’t 100° or more) at some of the mountains in the Phoenix area and around Arizona as well. I also went to a few concerts, flew to visit my friend (and fellow Ambassador) Kay in Colorado, flew home for a festival and to spend time with my friends, and became close with other interns at the company.

Arizona hiking

At the end of the summer I wasn’t ready to come home, but after the 30-hour drive back to Ohio, I was excited to spend time with my family again. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had this summer and I hope my path leads me back to Arizona in the future!

Summer at Kirtland Air Force Base

Brittany Hesson

Brittany Hesson,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 30 August 2019

Wow! It is crazy to think that I am already starting my senior year of college. The first week of the semester has proven to be busy. I just returned from my internship the Sunday before the semester started so I have been trying to get settled.

Over the summer I worked for the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was researching additive manufacturing techniques for spacecraft fabrication. My project was challenging, and I was able to use the things I have learned at school in a hands-on project.

While living in Albuquerque I did a lot of cycling and hiking with other scholars. I lived close to the Sandia Mountains so there were lots of opportunities to go out and explore the outdoors.

Cycling in the Sandia Mountains

One of my favorite things that I did in Albuquerque was cycling to the top of the tallest mountain in the Sandia range. My friend and fellow scholar, Danny, and I decided we wanted to ride to the top before we left, so on the last weekend of our internship we did. The ride was 80 miles and 6000 feet of elevation gain, but the view at the top was totally worth it! I am thankful that this internship allowed me to meet friends that I will have for the rest of my life.