Written by: Emily | March 3, 2014
Last year was my freshman year at The Ohio State University and I’ll admit that it was mediocre. And because pointing fingers is fun and sometimes necessary for moving on, I’m going to blame that lack of fulfillment not on myself, but on the true culprit:
Written by: Cassie | March 1, 2014
Well, it is now on Day 5 of the SNAP Challenge. Most OSU participants finished the challenge yesterday, but I started a day late and also decided I wanted to do a full week rather than just 5 days! So I’m gonna keep on trucking along :) I just thought I would update you on the realizations/perspective I have gained from the challenge so far.
Written by: Xu | March 1, 2014
In my previous blog post, I wrote about “Things to Look For Before Joining an Honors Society.” This is a follow-up to that post. Let’s say that you have researched a society and decided that it’s legit. Now the question is: how can it help you academically and socially? Before you jump the gun and enthusiastically mail off your dues, read on for several pros and cons related to joining honors societies.
Written by: Xu | February 28, 2014
If you have been enrolled at OSU for at least a semester, chances are you will receive or have already received invitations to join various societies all promising lifelong achievement and connections. In high school, most people would have joined such organizations, such as the National Honors Society, right off the bat. In college, however, there are so many “honorable” societies that it’s pointless to join every one that sends you an invitation. Luckily, after doing some research and talking to several advisors, I have compiled a cheat sheet of qualities to look for before you send a society your hard-earned money.
Written by: Karen | February 28, 2014
I’ve blogged a lot in the past about my involvement in one of the best student organizations on campus: Off the Lake Productions. For those of you who don’t know, OTL is a completely student run musical theater and service organization. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Cassie | February 27, 2014
It’s obviously been a long time since I’ve posted, but I thought that instead of trying to catch up on what I’ve missed, I would instead get back into the groove by talking about my latest endeavor – the OSU SNAP Challenge! Put on by The Ohio State University Food Fellows (and backed by the College of Social Work and Mid-Ohio Food Bank, among several others), the SNAP Challenge is a method to raise awareness of the issues of hunger, poverty, and food insecurity in our nation. For those who are confused as to why I keep saying SNAP, it’s an acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as Food Stamps.
The main idea of the SNAP Challenge is this: live off of the amount of money that a typical SNAP recipient receives for one week. That amount comes to about $4.50 per day. That’s $31.50 for a complete week – and that’s all you are able to spend on ALL of your food needs.
Read more to learn more about SNAP, the SNAP Challenge, and see pictures of how much food I was able to buy on this budget! It’s all I’ll be eating for the week! Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Meera | February 27, 2014
I wasn’t able to blog about Day 1 or 2 of the SNAP Challenge, so I’ll start by recapping these past couple of days.
Day 1: I got my $27 worth of groceries the day before. This included milk, oats, rice, bread, peanut butter, tomatoes, lettuce, eggs, yogurt, 3 apples, and 2 bananas.
I portioned off a week’s worth of coffee as well (1 cup a day).
The first day wasn’t so bad, but I noticed that I couldn’t concentrate that well in my classes. By the end of the day, I realized I had less energy, but it wasn’t too bad.
Day 2: My lunch was salad with hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes while my dinner was a PB sandwich.
I didn’t anticipate that this was going to be the busiest week of my life, so I’ve had 12 hours days probably each day this week. My energy was definitely drained on Day 2.
Day 3: I had the same lunch and dinner and was possibly more tired.
I had trouble concentrating in class and trying to study outside of it. Whenever I studied, I became hungrier. I found myself thinking about food almost constantly during the day.
So, now we’re at Day 4. My breakfast has been oatmeal each day and my lunch and dinner will be the same.
Not having options when it comes to food is something I’ve noticed. I also think about food throughout the day. But, by the end of Day 3, I was doing better, so maybe my body has gotten to used to this change.
Only 2 more days to go and they’ll probably be pretty tough, but I keep reminding myself that there are those who live this lifestyle week-to-week, year-to-year.
Written by: Meera | February 25, 2014
Through my Ohio State experiences, I have become passionate about the issue of food and how it specifically impacts health.
My interest in food issues led me to develop the Food Fellows at Ohio State, a student cohort that educates its members about food-related issues, like food policy and agriculture, through research and service with community partners.
Because Food Fellows has focused on food policy during February, we are hosting a SNAP Challenge during this week.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), once known as Food Stamps, offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities (USDA).
The Challenge at Ohio State offers participants a view of what life can be like for millions of Americans with low incomes who rely on food assistance on a daily basis. The main challenge is having toe budget your meals and spend only $4.50/day on food, or $27/week on food.
Part of the campus-wide event includes documenting your experiences throughout the week through social media, personal journals, and videos.
I will be posting for the rest of the week about the food I’ve eaten and my experiences.
Below is most of my week’s worth of food. I’ll be mainly relying on carbs to keep me going and not so much on vegetables, which is a BIG change from my normal diet.
The SNAP Challenge will be difficult, but I believe it’s a way to bring awareness to the issue.
Written by: Brittany | February 18, 2014
One of the student organizations I am involved in is the Ohio State University Academic Team (OSUAT), which, as you may not know, is pretty good.
Ohio State’s quizbowl team has consistently been voted among the top 15 teams in the nation for the last few years and has claimed back-to-back Division I Undergrad Champion titles at National Academic Quiz Tournament’s Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.
AND WE’RE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN.
Written by: Michael | February 13, 2014
Last Sunday was so eventful, the only way I can totally describe to you what happened is to give you a play by play of the day. If you feel uneasy by reading about gross situations Steinbeck, or R. L. Stine books, be forewarned.
Written by: Ryan L. | February 8, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to announce that, starting August 2014, I will be taking my talents to Taylor Tower.
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Written by: Mark | February 7, 2014
I consider myself a pretty good basketball player. I’ve played Division 1 high school ball in Ohio as well as in the AAU circuit. But do not be mistaken: I don’t take myself that seriously, and neither should you. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Ally | February 7, 2014
One thing that nearly every student away from home misses is a homecooked meal from Mom. Or in my case, my dad’s innovative (yet delicious) meals with random ingredients found in the cabinet and my mom’s Pinterest-inspired salads and desserts. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Stephanie | February 7, 2014
As you can probably tell from my clever, albeit redundant, title I am going to talk about a blog! Now everyone knows about how great Buckeye Blogs is, but did you know that First Year Experience has a new blog called First Things First? Now you do!
First Things First is clearly aimed at first year students, but as a second year, I have already learned a lot from it. It has a lot to offer, even if you have already completed your first year. I mean, who really knows everything about FAFSA, and who doesn’t love a good meme?
The blog is written by those in the FYE office, which includes staff, graduate students, and undergrads like myself! It’s brand new to the Ohio State blog family, so make it feel welcome!
And while you’re clicking links, go follow the @futurebuckeyes Instagram here!
Written by: Karen | February 7, 2014
As some of you may know from past blog posts of mine, I am a proud History major here at OSU. I’ve been doing so many exciting history projects lately, and I’m really excited to blog about them. So here we go, an inside look into what History majors are really doing. Read the rest of this entry »