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  • Keep your teeth healthy

    Written by: | May 28, 2015

    I went to the College of Dentistry and did my deep cleaning for my poor teeth today. Before that, I did not care much about my oral health. I don’t think Chinese people care about oral health enough so it is more like a national problem. However, it turns out that oral health is equally essential no matter what country you are from.

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    Brittany in Europe, Part III: Berlin

    Written by: | May 26, 2015

    Guten tag!


    The Brandenburg Gate

    The Brandenburg Gate


    I’ve finished the first week of my German language course. There are about 30 other DAAD RISE interns taking the course with me here in Berlin.


    Dinner with some of my new RISE friends. Hi, guys!

    Dinner with some of my new RISE friends. Hi, guys!


    We have German lessons in the morning, then have free time to explore the city in the afternoon. Besides the fact that I have to get up at 6:30 every morning to commute to class, this is pretty much like a two-week Berlin vacation with a bunch of new friends.

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    Being an adult is hard. [Living Alone Edition]

    Written by: | May 26, 2015

    After having been spoiled by the dorm life for a couple years, this summer was the first time I moved off campus and had a place to call my own! Yes, this means I have kissed blocks farewell, am forced to fend for myself in the kitchen, actually think about how my AC usage is probably hiking up my utility bill, and have other thoughts that qualify me as an adult. It’s been quite the journey so far, but now I think I’m getting a hang of this whole adult thing.



    Here are some of my tips to you!
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    Parking on campus: A success story

    Written by: | May 24, 2015

    When I started at Ohio State last fall as a commuter, I was more than a little bit stressed about how and where to park. It’s a really big campus, and my commute of about 25 minutes each way, combined with my borderline-obsessive desire to be on time to class, made me nervous.

    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend last summer’s awesome-sounding Commuter Preview Day (see this year’s event information here), and had to figure it all out on my own. So I drove to campus one day before classes officially started and got the lay of the land. Although it took a little while, I am now happy to report that I understand CampusParc (which handles Ohio State’s parking passes, policies, and ticketing) pretty well and feel comfortable parking on campus.

    parking lot sign for West Campus lot

    West Campus welcomes you.

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    Summer at Ohio State

    Written by: | May 23, 2015

    Before I signed up for summer classes at Ohio State, I kept hearing about how empty campus is over the summer, but I am actually loving it so far! There are still PLENTY of people–I doubt this campus is ever really empty–and the fact that it’s less crowded is actually a welcome change in my opinion. My classes are smaller, it’s easier to find a parking spot, and Ohio State’s grounds are stunning in the sun! Even the geese are relaxed!

    birds crossing the road

    Inspired by the Beatles, no doubt.

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    12 ways I am preparing for senior year

    Written by: | May 22, 2015

    This summer I am preparing for my senior year by:

    1. Never, ever, ever cleaning my room.

    2. Getting the Alpine Ski and Board Team ready for the Fall. I was just elected president after spending the last year as vice president. I have to plan race weekends, a winter trip to Colorado for upwards of 100 people, and ski movie premieres. Last year we put on the biggest winter trip out West in team history, both our men’s and women’s snowboard teams placed in the top three at our regional competition in Marquette, Michigan, and we hosted olympic medal-winning freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut to show his ski movie. Needless to say, I have some big shoes to fill.

    second place

    The Women’s Snowboarding Team about to pick up a sweet second-place trophy at regionals in Marquette, Michigan

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    Preparing for Freshman Orientation

    Written by: | May 22, 2015

    The first time you really get to experience a university to the fullest is during orientation. Mine really helped me solidify that I had picked the right school and that college was going to be fantastic. Here’s a few tips/recommendations I have for prepping for freshman orientation at THE Ohio State University.

    id pic

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    High Street meals

    Written by: | May 21, 2015

    I know you all were eagerly waiting to find out the rest of my favorite restaurants on High Street, so here they are!

    1. Noodles & Company

    Whenever my family visited my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Columbus, I always looked forward to our trip to the delicious restaurant Noodles & Company. When I came to Ohio State, I was extra excited to be able to have Noodles any time I wanted. Noodles has so many pasta dishes from all around the world, and it’s impossible for me to choose a favorite!

    Pesto Cavatappi from Noodles & Co is one of my (many) favorite dishes.

    They also have soups, salads, and sandwiches, but it’s hard for me to go to a place called Noodles and not get noodles.

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    Lessons from Year Two

    Written by: | May 20, 2015

    Now that I’ve been away from all the stress of exams, presentations, and projects for a few weeks, I figured it was a good time to reflect on my second (!) year of college.

    Although everyone always says that college flies by, I respectfully disagree; in fact, this year was probably the slowest of my life. The truth about college is that when you’re immersed in the academic year, your life is broken down into little series of assignments, deadlines, and grade reports. The weeks go by painfully slow, while the weekends are gone in an instant.

    Only when you take a step back can you see the beauty of the college experience, an unfortunate irony that I have found often to be true about life. So, since I am now gazing back at my year through rose-colored lenses, here are some lessons I took away from year two at Ohio State:


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    Brittany in Europe, Part II: Woes of a weary traveler

    Written by: | May 18, 2015

    I left home at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and arrived at 7 a.m. Berlin time, which means that my Saturday and Sunday are all one mixed-up jumble.

    In this post, I present to you the woes of a weary traveler…as expressed in selfies.

    Here is me before my first flight:


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    High Street Desserts

    Written by: | May 15, 2015

    I’ve been home for about two weeks now, and there are a lot of things I’m appreciating about this summer: sleeping in, having my own room, and, of course, my mom’s cooking.

    But I was just thinking about some of my favorite places to get food on High Street, so I thought I’d share them with you.

    As they say: “life is short, eat dessert first;” so I figured I’d post about my favorite dessert places first.

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    Time and change will surely show

    Written by: | May 14, 2015

    This past Sunday I watched many of my friends walk across the stage in the Horseshoe as they accepted their degrees from the best university in the world.

    During my first two years at Ohio State I didn’t have a lot of senior friends, but this year I really noticed how much of a difference these seniors have made in my Ohio State experience.

    This was also the first time I was even in Columbus on graduation day, and this year I was able to organize all the college banners for the ceremony! Below are some insider facts I learned about Commencement Week and the ceremony itself. Keep them in mind for future years!



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    Ben’s Top 10 of First Year, Pt. 2

    Written by: | May 12, 2015

    I’m back devoted and loving fan(s). I really hope that there are more than one of you; but if not, I’ll love you just the same. It’s now time to round out my Top 10 Moments of First Year. I hope you enjoyed the first half, because the second half is even BETTER. Let’s go!
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    Brittany in Europe, Part I: Setting the Stage

    Written by: | May 11, 2015

    Yeah, you read that right. I’m going to Europe. For THREE WHOLE MONTHS.

    Back in my post about STEP, I was a little vague about what my experience was going to be because I was actually in the middle of writing two different proposals for two different projects. I didn’t know if either of my project ideas were going to work out.

    Then one morning in late February, I woke up for my 8a.m., sleepily grabbed my phone to check my email, and saw this:





    I was so excited, I dropped my phone in the trash can.

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    How to have the most productive summer ever

    Written by: | May 11, 2015

    After the stress of finals, it is all too easy to go home and collapse on the couch. After a few days of lazing about, however, boredom becomes to set in.

    Some people fail to realize that summer is actually the perfect opportunity to be productive. What you do during the summer can determine how easily you will find a job, or get into graduate school later on.

    For this reason, I have compiled a list of ways to make the most of your time both on and off campus.


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    Topics: Advice, Author, Campus Life, Co-curricular work, On-campus work, Personal, Personal Events, Research, School Spirit, Student Life, Study Abroad, Studying, The Future, Work | Comments Off

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