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Winter Break with Family

Reagan Richardson

Reagan Richardson,
Junior, Energy Engineering

Athens, OH 19 January 2020

Going home for the holidays was a much needed break from the stress of classes and specifically finals. I hadn’t realized how much pressure I was putting on myself and the change of pace was welcomed.

While at home, if I wasn’t preparing for Christmas, I was spending down time with our family dog “Cinnamon” and she loved all the attention. We named her based on the color of her fur. Cinnamon herself was a present, so every Christmas is a marker for another year of her being a part of our family. (This picture is from Christmas morning.)

Christmas 2020

After the holidays were over it was time to start preparing for next semester. I returned back to campus and my family came down to visit the weekend before classes resumed to celebrate my mom’s birthday. We celebrated by getting dinner and going to an OU Hockey game (Which we won, Go Bobcats!)

OU Hockey

After my mom and sisters left to go home, it hit me that classes started in a couple days and I began to panic. I didn’t want to be back in the constantly stressed out state that I was in before. It was then that I promised myself that I was going to take more time for me. To specifically set aside time everyday to do things I enjoy and to relax and not feel guilty about the time I was “losing”.

It’s currently the start of week 2 and so far I’ve kept my promise and I hope that by putting it in writing here I will continue to keep my promise!

Winter Break Ski Trip

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 18 January 2020

Over our winter break, I went on a ski trip to Colorado with my best friend Hannah! I met Hannah in our first-year engineering classes, and we became close, bonding over our shared love for live music, social and political issues, and traveling. Last spring break, we went to Mexico together, and discovered we have similar traveling styles—we are both laid-back, love eating local food, and staying active, like riding bikes and scuba diving.

I knew that when Hannah invited me on this ski trip, that it would be another enjoyable experience. We were going to meet up with Hannah’s best friend from high school, Liz, who goes to college in Colorado.

We flew to Denver on a Thursday night and spent Friday exploring the city, eating at several different places and walking around to get a feel for the neighborhoods and street art. Friday night, Liz, Liz’s boyfriend Nick, and Liz’s boyfriend’s brother Luke, came to pick us up. After eating Vietnamese pho for dinner, we headed out to Breckenridge in their car.

While we were driving, we encountered a huge blizzard which shut down the roads! We got stuck in a snowbank while driving to our Airbnb; luckily, two very capable tow truck men came to rescue us, and we were fortunate to snag one of the last hotel rooms in town at 1 am. It wasn’t what we had planned for, but it was definitely memorable and a bonding experience for us all.

On Saturday, we went skiing at Breckenridge! I had only been skiing once before, in Ohio, and it was Hannah’s first time skiing ever. Liz and Nick proved to be fantastic hosts and guides, and they helped us grasp the fundamentals of the sport. They were super encouraging and helpful! Hannah and I both improved so much from the beginning of the day to the end of the day.

Skiing at Breckenridge

Skiing in Colorado was incredible—the mountains were enormous, the snow was so fresh, and the views were stunning and breathtaking. We finished our day skiing at a restaurant, where we attempted to replenish all the calories we had expended that day.

On Sunday, we took a bus back to the airport and headed back to Ohio. It was a short trip, but it was absolutely worth it. I look forward to returning to Colorado to ski again in the future, and I look forward to more fun trips with my best friend Hannah!

My First Ski Trip

Logan Veley

Logan Veley,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 16 January 2020

Winter break always allows for the opportunity to spend time with friends and try new activities. Heading into the break, I was excited to spend time outdoors and looked forward to some snow. Typically, my brother and I have fun in the snow by riding four-wheelers or sledding behind the four-wheelers.

Before break however, I was invited by my friend to go skiing. I had never been skiing or snowboarding before, but I approached the day with an open mind. With the weather just cold enough for the resort to produce snow, we headed to Mad River Mountain for the day.

First, we started snowboarding. Snowboarding proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. I crashed many times going down the hills, but eventually I traversed the hill without falling.

Around noon, we headed into lunch, and we chose to switch to skis. Strapping the awkward ski boots on, we headed back to the slopes. Initially, I was worse at skiing than snowboarding, but then everything clicked. Within a few minutes, I was shredding down all of the hills including the black diamond.

We skied the rest of the day and into the night. Even though I was sore from the wipeouts, I had a ton of fun laughing with friends and look forward to skiing again.

Mad River Mountain

Winter Break High Jinks

Jason Wherry

Jason Wherry,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 14 January 2020

This winter break I chose to spend a large portion of my free time outdoors, enjoying my favorite activities. With my last winter break at hand, I figured the month-long hiatus was a beacon for freedom before I spend the next chapter in my life tracking how many of my PTO days remain.

Whilst on my adventures, I met with various friends and made some new ones as I bounced between my hometown, Lansdale, PA, and the great city of Philadelphia. I began bouldering last September and fall provided ideal weather for climbing on real rock.

Now that it’s January and too cold to enjoy climbing outside, I traveled into the city to climb indoors at a gym. The establishment was actually termed a lounge. No surprise there as climbing folk are laid-back and open-minded. At this lounge it’s not all about relaxation, the boulder problems proved wicked difficult and I ended up going back for more.

After I waded through all my hometown has to offer (for an outdoorsman at least), I decided to pack up some gear, head to the airport to pick up a friend flying in from Tennessee, and embark North to Ithaca, NY. Skiing is my favorite seasonal sport and Ithaca is a magical place for anyone whom seeks our Earth’s natural beauty.

Hiking around Taughannock Falls (pictured below) was one of the many highlights of the trip. Skiing is radical and Greek Peak Mountain does it up right. If you are into winter sports and need a new area to bum-out a ski trip, I recommend the Ithaca-Courtland commute from town to the mountain.

Taughannock Falls

In years prior, Vermont was my choice to ski, however Ithaca exudes lively college-town vibes and reminds me of Athens in boundless ways. The hills are steep, the air is full of education, and hiking trails populate the dense woods. In a way, Ithaca is the Athens of New York.

Jumping into my last semester at Ohio University prepared and focused to finish my degree in Computer Science, I am glad for the time to freshen-up my perspective and experience outdoor pursuits one day after another. Thank you, Ohio University, for being located in Athens, OH because even though I am back, it feels as unreal as ever. The last picture is from the gorges of Ithaca.

Gorges of Ithaca

Looking Ahead to Winter Break

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 20 November 2019

I can’t believe that the end of the semester is already upon us. They say that senior year goes the fastest and they weren’t kidding. This semester has felt like the fastest one of my college career so far. It’s bittersweet. I’m going to miss my friends and OU more than anything in this world, but I’m ready to be done with the constant schoolwork and studying.

I figured since we’re so close to winter break I would update you all on my plans. I don’t have many, but there are a few things I’m particularly excited for. One of them is celebrating my mom’s birthday a few days before Christmas. We always go to a restaurant of her choice and spend time together as a family.

Of course, I’m also super excited for Christmas itself. My family always makes the trip from Cleveland to Pittsburgh to visit our extended family. We do a huge gift exchange and stack all the presents in the middle of the living room. It takes us over 3 hours to open them all.

After Christmas is New Year’s Eve, which also happens to be my best friend’s birthday. We always head to downtown Cleveland and ring in the new Year together. I’m excited to relax and spend quality time with my friends, family, and dog, Rosco.

I anticipate there to be a lot of yoga, sleeping in, and binge-watching cheesy Christmas movies. Happy holidays everyone!! Enjoy some much-needed relaxation time. See you next semester!