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  • Buckeye Kickoff: Class of 2019 enters the Shoe

    Written by: | August 29, 2015

    One of the coolest parts about going to Ohio State is Ohio Stadium. I have only been here for a week, but I don’t think I will ever be able to get over being so close to such a historic Mecca of college football. Seriously. Just being able to see it brightens up your walk to class, adds energy to your workout, or motivates you during your study session on the 11th floor of the Thompson Library.


    Last night, the Class of 2019 entered the Shoe together for the first time to learn more about the game day experience at Ohio State and some really cool Buckeye traditions…

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    Feeding Myself: Finding Food Part 1

    Written by: | August 28, 2015

    Welcome Week is almost over, and while there have been many fun activities, I must say I really enjoyed something that is usually pretty mundane: finding food.  I have compiled here four places to eat on campus I’ve got to try so far, but as I get a chance to explore more options I will be posting follow-ups.

    *Note: these are in no particular order, and all ended up being on north campus since that’s where I have most my classes. A south-campus list will be here soon!*


    Traditions at Scott on North Campus

    This is one of the all-you-can-eat dining halls that are included as part of the meal plans for campus residents. It is two stories and has tons of options. It’s also very popular , so you’re almost guaranteed to run into someone you know while your there.

    It can get pretty crowded at lunch, so make sure you try and get there early!


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    Topics: Advice, Campus Life, Food, Home, Housing, nutrition, Personal, Personal Events, Relaxation, Why Ohio State? | No Comments »

    Freshman Year vs. Sophomore Year

    Written by: | August 28, 2015

    This past Saturday, I returned to Ohio State for my sophomore year of classes, student organizations, and everything else that OSU has to offer. Since my freshman year was a lot of fun, I was looking forward to sophomore year, and so far, it’s been pretty great! But there are definitely some differences between this year and last year. Here are a few:

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    Mikey’s Late Night Slice

    Written by: | August 27, 2015

    My long standing affair with pizza is a magical one. Well, magical so long as the pizza is good. So, I’m here, in no way an expert but as a common pizza lover, to give some advice to all those incoming freshman and rare few current Ohio State students who do not yet know magic.

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    Freshman Year…Take Two?

    Written by: | August 27, 2015

    As if being a freshman in college isn’t scary enough the first time around… now I have to be a freshman again! Well.. sort of.

    I was a freshman at the University of Dayton last year, and this year, I am a transfer student to The Ohio State University. To say I am excited is an understatement! Finally attending the college of my dreams. However, getting a so-called “do-over” of my Freshman year, there are definitely some things I’ve learned TO do and NOT to do. So.. what better way to start off the new school year than with a guide of the do’s and dont’s of freshman year.. whether it be for first years, or second years like myself.. so you don’t end up sounding like Kim Kardashian..

    GIF-No-idea-Have-no-idea-what-im-doing-Kim-Kardashian-Kardashian-WTF-am-i-doing-Confused-Confusing-GIF                                                                (Photo credit to ReactionGIF.org)

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    Topics: Academics, Advice, Campus Life, Classes, fitness, Housing, nutrition, Personal, School Spirit, Stress, Student Life, Studying | No Comments »

    Buckeye kindness on the first day of school

    Written by: | August 26, 2015

    Welcome back, everyone! The autumn semester officially started yesterday, and campus is very much alive! It’s exciting to return after a sweet two-week break following the summer semester finals, and I witnessed a really nice event yesterday that I felt deserved a blog post.

    Photo credit: fisher.osu.edu

    Photo credit: fisher.osu.edu

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    Flyers and Food and Free Stuff, Oh My!

    Written by: | August 26, 2015

    Welcome week is far from over, but it has already surpassed my greatest expectations! Between the Student Involvement Fair, Buck-i-Frenzy, and the first day of classes, I have kept plenty busy and, of course, very happy! I just wanted to take a minute to highlight some awesome points of Welcome Week 2015 so far…

    1. Student Involvement Fair was a blast! Hundreds of tables filled the oval and I had a chance to interact with and learn about each organization OSU offers. Of course, there was A LOT of info thrown out at one time, so lucky, they left me with a flyer or parting gift to help remember them! I am excited to hopefully get involved with Greek Life, Paws for a Cause, PRSSA, The Newman Center, Active Minds, Best Buddies, and so much more! Oh, and perks of getting involved? Free food, free T-Shirts, free sunglasses, free bags, FREE, FREE, FREE!Photo on 8-23-15 at 7.59 PM


    1. A FREE Food Truck and Kona Ice were available to students after moving into their new homes. The long line was definitely worth the wait! I even got to try my very first Philly Cheese Steak! (YUM!)Photo on 8-22-15 at 7.41 PM

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    LeaderShape: Having a Healthy Disregard for the Impossible

    Written by: | August 24, 2015

    For my Crazy Ones, I love and look up to you all.

    If it is not already sorely evident, it should be by now: I don’t write blog posts often.

    I tend to write about the experiences at Ohio State that make the biggest impacts on my life. I’ll write one gigantic master post and then kind of hang out in the corner of the room for awhile reading everyone else’s posts, waiting for inspiration to magically snuggle itself into my lap.

    Well, folks, the moment that we have all (and by “all”, I mean me) been waiting for has come. Inspiration has fallen into my lap and it goes by the name of LeaderShape.

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    Welcome to the parallel universe that is the first month of freshman year

    Written by: | August 24, 2015

    What’s your name? How old of you? Where do you live? What do you like to do? Can I have your phone number? Do you want to hang out and get dinner? And also do you want to be best friends forever?

    friend meme

    While this may be a very creepy and bizarre conversation in any other context, it’s perfectly socially acceptable during the first month of college. Almost everyone that you encounter in the first few weeks of college becomes a potential friend.

    You see someone waiting in line at a dinner hall, befriend them. You meet someone on the elevator, befriend them. You work out next to someone at the RPAC, befriend them. You wash your hands next to someone in the bathroom, befriend them. No one goes under the radar.

    You don’t think that this happens? Just wait. You can even begin to guess at all of the opportunities people will take to make friends (although I recommend leaving the bathroom off limits for making new friends). It’s the first month of college bubble before college becomes like the real world.

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    Brittany in Europe, Part XIII: Lab Update

    Written by: | August 20, 2015

    For my very last weekend in Germany **sob**, I got to slow down and stay in Kiel. It was so nice to relax a little and just stay at home (even though I was in the office most of the time).

    I thought I’d give you a update from the lab and show you what I’ve really been doing in Germany for 8 9 12 (oops…only once in a while) hours a day, five days a week.



    Sometimes you have to refill the silica…

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    Top tips for new international students

    Written by: | August 20, 2015

    Autumn 2015 semester is coming soon! I believe everyone is thrilled about their new start at Ohio State. As an international student who arrived in Columbus, Ohio a year ago, I am writing to tell thousands of new students or scholars, who were just like me last year, some tips to help you survive. :)

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    How to Navigate the Involvement Fair

    Written by: | August 18, 2015

    One of the most important events any new freshman can attend during Welcome Week is the Involvement Fair. This event, located on the Oval on Sunday afternoon, is where students can discover all of the student organizations on campus. Now, the fair can seem intimidating, but follow these tips and you’ll navigate it like you’ve explored it before.


    Use the colors as a guide!

    Last year, students could find these cards around the Oval showing which portions of the Oval had certain types of groups- from sports, to music, to Greek Life. If there’s an area you definitely want to hit up (or avoid) use this to your advantage!


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    Brittany in Europe, Part XII: Geneva

    Written by: | August 18, 2015

    A couple of weeks ago, a bunch of the RISE interns planned to go to Geneva and tour CERN together. However, even though it’s been awesome to get to see a bunch of different cities and taste a lot of different cultures, I fully identify with what one of my friends said in Prague: “I just can’t do this anymore!”

    Coming back late on a Sunday night/early Monday morning, going to work all week, then leaving for another place on Friday afternoon is exhausting. Plus, as much as I love how EXTREMELY OLD and historic Europe is, there’s always too many museums, landmarks, old buildings, and architecture to see in <48 hours.


    After a challenging day at work. This is kind of what you feel like all the time after traveling for four weekends straight.

    After a challenging day at work. This is kind of what you feel like all the time after traveling for four weekends straight.


    Though I was excited to go and see one of the world’s biggest and most powerful experimental centers, I really was tired and wanted to slow down. Thankfully, Geneva was the relaxing weekend I needed.



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    Ten tips for your first week at Ohio State

    Written by: | August 17, 2015

    It is upon us, whether we like it or not. You may feel nerves and jitters and dizzying stress, but all of that can be found within any college student before the fall semester begins. As you tearfully say “goodbye” to your family and begin the heinous task of tearing open suitcases and cardboard boxes, here are ten tips to help ease your way into what will be the best year to date.

    1.] ORGANIZE… A planner is a must. What you do with it is up to you. Some like to color code their classes and activities, others like to have a list for EVERYTHING. You will quickly find what works for you (and it is totally okay to engulf your dorm room with sticky notes as you figure it out).

    2.] Discover campus food… Ohio State offers so much diverse food for all dietary habits, so find what you like. There is also no rule that states you must eat at the same Traditions dining hall for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days a week.


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    Advice from former freshmen

    Written by: | August 12, 2015

    Transitioning to college can seem intimidating; but with the right mentality, being a freshman at THE Ohio State University can be rewarding and impacting. In honor of moving to campus in the *near* future, here are some words of advice from former Ohio State first years.


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