OK before you go assuming let’s establish one thing:
There are many different kinds of relationships one can have while in college. So let’s talk about the various relationships you *might* create while on campus.
Living in a dorm on campus your first two years typically means sharing a living space with someone else. Hopefully, you connect with your roommates and go exploring on campus and in Columbus and share amazing adventures. You don’t have to become best friends, but it’s important to be respectful of the people you see most frequently.
It only took us 4 months to get this photo.
You definitely want to befriend people in classes. Whether it’s a question about homework or studying for an exam, these individuals probably have similar goals as you and can help you stay on track. Talking to someone new might not be easy, but you share the class and can use that as an excuse to start a conversation.
Relationships are very important when it comes to stage combat.
I’ll admit, my freshman year I didn’t focus on relationships with professors as much because of the intimidating size of my classes, however, professors want to help you succeed. These people are experts of their field, and can shape your career goals in really cool ways. You don’t have to be struggling in a class to talk to them: if you think their area of research is cool, ask them about it. They are also known to write awesome recommendations for grad school/ med school or big kid jobs, so if that is something in your future, it’s imperative to have these relationships.
One of my favorite classes with one of my favorite instructors, Dr. Elizabeth Wellman.
This one *might* overlap with professors-and-students, but connecting with potential mentors is huge. For my last year, my goal was to connect with people who are doing work that I could see myself in, and in hearing their perspective about their careers, their journeys to them, and the advice they wish they had, I’ve found so much clarity.
This can also be applied in a student-to-student dynamic. This year, Boo Radley started a mentor-mentee program in which younger members are paired with older members so they can not only learn the ropes of Boo, but also have an older friend on campus who can give them the ins and outs of campus life. And my mentees are pretty great (hi Becca, Siena and Shelbie go have a great day!!).
One of my mentors, Assistant Vice President of Student Life, Tracy Stuck, and a bunch of ~cool~ Buckeyes from OSU’s Random Act Of Kindness Day event.
This one is a give in because college friends are amazing. Whether it’s grabbing coffee (OK tea I’m one of those people), attending one of OSU’s many free athletic events, exploring Columbus, or drinking responsibly on High Street, friendships are what make college so unique. Having friends in a variety of places on campus (like from classes, student organizations, work, your resident hall, etc.) is the best because they challenge you to try new things, explore different opportunities, and maximize your college experience, which is part of the reason I love Boo Radley so much.
One of my favorite pics from BuckeyeThon 🙂
…and of course…
I’m going to be really honest here and tell you that I cannot speak from any kind of experience with this category. I’ve tried the whole swiping thing (which is
not for me), and yes, I’ve gone out a few times, but nothing has ever lead me to enter one of these kinds of relationships. However, I will say that it is totally possible to find a romantic partner on campus, whether it’s in the laundry room of your dorm (true story) or in your student organization (the first Boo Radley wedding is this summer and I’m very excited).
I can, however, speak to the testament of Buckeye love, as my parents met on campus over 30 years ago, and have been married for 27 years this April 6th. Even though the courts where they met no longer exist, it’s a sweet story and reminder of how your college years can provide you with more than a degree.
Apparently this is the most recent photo I have of just my parents so throwback to the 4 Miler and happy anniversary Pat and Tami!!
Overall, establishing positive relationships on campus is one of the best ways to make Ohio State feel like home. Sure, it might be intimidating at first, but bonding over a simple cup of coffee could lead to a world of possibilities. 🙂