How do we keep making it?

Written by    Sep 11, 2018

There is a peculiar moment in your college experience when you realize that time is somehow and suddenly both fleeting and stagnant. Hear me out. These things that you’ve worked so hard to establish – the academics, the clubs – they feel sort of tedious, a little mundane. Routine. But getting closer and closer to the real world feels much too daunting. I can’t think […]

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Academics, Advice, Events, Personal, Personal Events

What’s a two day weekend?

Written by    Sep 11, 2018

I’m spoiled. It’s my third semester at The Ohio State University, and I’ve never had a full week of classes. Semester one, my classes were Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday; semester two, Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday; and now, I only have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thus, I’ve never had a weekend that’s only two days. To be clear, I know this isn’t possible for every student, but I do know that the odds are […]

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Classes, Schedules

A New Way of Living

Written by    Sep 4, 2018

As with most third-year Ohio State students, I am now in the beginning stages of living off campus for the first time in my college career, as I moved into a house with six of my best friends a few weeks ago. I knew there would be some changes in store after two years of living in campus housing: No front desk to provide me […]

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Freshman Year Survival Tip #6: Move-In — How it Works

Written by    Sep 4, 2018

For those of you who are #new2OSU, you might be nervous about moving in to your first residence hall.  After all, Ohio State is a large school, so move-in must be difficult, right? Actually, not at all! Move-In Day is a smooth and flawless process that is actually fairly enjoyable. On Move-In Day, traffic on campus will be controlled by traffic officers so as to […]

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The old dorms on north campus are great, okay?

Written by    Sep 4, 2018

When I tell people I live in one of the old dorms on north campus, I get a look. When I then proceed to tell people that I wanted an old dorm, I get an even stranger look. Truthfully, I think the old dorms of north campus—Barrett, Haverfield, Norton etc.—are the best dorms. They have the greatest setup on campus, they’re a nice size, and they have […]

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Housing, Student Life, University Housing

Freshman Year Survival Tip #5: Take an Umbrella, Everywhere

Written by    Sep 4, 2018

Is this tip inspired by a 25 minute walk across campus in the rain?  Yes; yes it is! However, the importance of such a seemingly simple piece of advice cannot be overstated. At home, many of us are used to having cars to transport us from one place to another.  Even if you did not grow up in an area where driving is the most […]

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Freshman Year Survival Tip #4: Understanding Meal Plans

Written by    Sep 4, 2018

First-year students on the Columbus campus living in a residence hall are required to have a meal plan; however, many students do not really understand the meal plans very well when trying to decide which is the best fit.  So, here are some insider tips on the various meal plans that Dining Services has available to freshmen: Meal Plan #1: Scarlet 14 The Scarlet 14 […]

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Time and change will surely show . . .

Written by    Sep 4, 2018

Just about one year ago, I was a mess. There seemed to be a lot of things I had to buy to move out, there was a lot of packing, a lot of planning, a lot of how-do-I-work-Carmen questions and fears. I didn’t really like to talk about college; I kind of ignored that anything was happening at all. I’m the type of person that […]

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Housing, Personal, Stress

Freshman Year Survival Tip #3: Participate in an Early Arrival Program

Written by    Jul 31, 2018

I know everyone always tells freshmen to get involved, but something that many first-year students don’t consider is getting involved BEFORE the start of the academic year.   Entering my first year at Ohio State, I had the pleasure of participating in the Buckeyes First and Ohio State Welcome Leader (OWL) programs during the week before official move-in for students. Although I was a bit […]

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How to “do it all” and still get 8 hours of sleep

Written by    Jul 31, 2018

College is overwhelming. There are lots of opportunities that you are encouraged to try, lots of difficult classes that take up much of your personal time, and not as much money in your pocket as you are used to. Trust me, I get it: I am currently a pre-med double major who works two jobs, volunteers each week, studies for the MCAT and serves as president […]

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Academics, Advice, Author, Classes, Honors & Scholars, Personal, Research, Schedules, Student Life, Student orgs, Studying, Work