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You’re a Freshman: Advice to My Sister

Written by    Aug 17, 2017

I can’t believe you’re going to be a freshman starting tomorrow—a lanyard-wearing, large-group-walking, too-loud-talking freshman. I’m kinda worried about how college will change you, but I’m mostly hopeful that it will bring us closer—as in you’ll text me back sometimes and I won’t have to Snapchat you to get you to reply. As you’re saying hello to college, I’m saying my final goodbye. Here are […]

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Top 9 things I didn’t do until senior year that I wish I’d done sooner

Written by    Jul 28, 2017

The title says it all. Some of the many things I didn’t do until my last year of college that I don’t understand why I didn’t do earlier: Gateway D-Tix: Ohio State has a program called Discount Tickets, or D-Tix. The most powerful D-Tix of them all is the Gateway Film Center. For a mere $3, you can get a voucher for a ticket at […]

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Advice, Author, Recreation, Relaxation, Student Life

Ask a Senior: Was Ohio State the Right Place?

Written by    Jul 6, 2017

Every time my mom drove me home freshman year, she asked me, “Do you think Ohio State was the right place for you to go?” My reply was always something along the lines of, “I like it at Ohio State, but I don’t know if it means that I wouldn’t be happy anywhere else.” I graduated from Ohio State this May. After graduation, my mom asked […]

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“halp” pt. 2: You’re never gonna keep me down

Written by    Dec 27, 2016

In part I, I talked about feeling dumb in college. In this post, we’re going a step further: feeling like you want to quit. Classes are hard. Sometimes being incapable of starting any of your 5 homework problems without help from friends or TAs, not getting A’s in any of the classes in your major, or realizing that you’re happy about walking out of an exam […]

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“halp” pt. 1: I get knocked down/But I get up again

Written by    Dec 22, 2016

Now that I’m a senior, I feel like I can go around handing out advice. Here’s something I wish I had learned earlier: ask dumb questions. Yeah, ask dumb questions. No matter how smart you are in high school, you’ll feel dumb in college at some point*. I went from being the high-honors, 5-on-all-the-AP-exams girl to getting two Cs in a row in math classes […]

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Strangers in Ohio

Written by    Aug 15, 2016

The first week I spent at Ohio State was one of the worst weeks of my life.   A couple days after moving in, I cried myself to sleep because I didn’t know anyone since I was from out of state, I was experiencing extreme culture shock, I didn’t know why it took so much effort to make new friends, and I didn’t know how […]

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Chemistry: A Bonding Experience

Written by    May 13, 2016

Dear ChemSquad™, I just survived the hardest year of my undergrad career and I wouldn’t have gotten through it without you.     You endured the 1am homework crazies with me and willingly explained over and over that stuff that I got hung up one even though it probably wouldn’t be on the test.

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Academics, Advice, Author, Classes, finals, Honors & Scholars, midterms, Personal, Recreation, Relaxation, Stress, Student Life, Studying

THE Denman

Written by    Apr 6, 2016

Yes, we are THE Ohio State University and our annual undergraduate research forum is called THE Denman.     After listening to a lot of speeches, I learned that long ago, in its very beginnings, the annual Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum was known as the “Undergraduate Research Forum.” However, after a few years, students began referring to it as “The […]

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Brittany In Europe, Part XIV: Not In Europe Anymore

Written by    Oct 19, 2015

Hiya! Remember me? Yeah, I find it hard to remember me too. It has been a jam-packed half a semester. Three chem classes will do that to ya.     So what happened to me? How did my internship end? Did I successfully return to the United States, or did I decide I liked it so much that I enrolled in a German university?! (the […]

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Author, Personal, Recreation, Research, Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

Brittany in Europe, Part XIII: Lab Update

Written by    Aug 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 […]

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