By Brittany | October 30, 2013
In the last month, I’ve met a Nobel Prize winner, gone to a OneRepublic concert, and had an interesting adventure on my way to listen to a panel on cybersurveillance. And I did it all without even having to take COTA or spend any real-person money.
I know you’re asking, How did you do all these fabulous things? You must be out-of-this-world amazing! (Awh, thank you! You’re great too!)
Well, my friends, I paid attention to those annoying emails every OSU student gets at the beginning of the week.
I RSVP-ed to Mershon’s cybersurveillance panel after finding out about it in the weekly OSU email. The event sold out (as much as a free event can “sell out”), so I rushed from my last class to get to Mershon Auditorium on time and panicked when I found myself locked out of the building.
The place looked pretty deserted for a sold-out event, but I circled to the other side of the building and weasled in a back door. I then wandered around the backstage areas, wondering where everybody was before timidly consulting a stagehand. I realized that I was indeed in Mershon Auditorium, but that the panel was at the Mershon Center.
(I did eventually make it to the talk, where some professors from Moritz talked about our nation’s recent cybersurveillance strategies. Very interesting.)
Last week, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Sir Harold Kroto gave a lecture about his work on carbon structures in nanoscale and in outer space. The email about the lecture was sent just a few hours before it began. I had already promised to work out with one of my friends, but I decided to go anyway.
I showed up to the seminar with my workout bag and my sweats and felt terribly under-dressed among all the professors and grad students, but Dr. Kroto’s talk was entertaining, understandable, and worth it.
(For the full experience, listen to this playlist with your best subwoofers on.) The OneRepublic concert at the Schott felt pretty under-advertised until the day the tickets were released and one of my building’s RAs told us to get to the Union for some sweet free tickets. The concert was awesome, as the pictures below can testify.
Pretty much every person on the First Year Experience staff or in the Office of Student Life will tell you that the main difference between high school and college is that no one is going to do anything for you–you have to go out and do it yourself.
When I heard that, I thought it was another myth (like the myth that college is no homework, just tests and papers. Take note: that one is an actual myth. THERE IS HOMEWORK EVERYWHERE.)
But I’ve found out that paying attention to all the events happening on campus and deciding to put some of them on my calendar is the only way for me to start taking advantage of the plethora of organizations and resources that attracted me to OSU.
Original (outdated) map image: http://m.osu.edu/buildings/map_4color.jpg