By Cameron | October 13, 2012
I’ve been involved a lot lately with FYE and undergraduate admissions and from over hearing conversations, shadowing campus tours, helping out at academic open houses, or from the very lips of Gordon Gee himself, I keep hearing the idea that you can make a large university small, but you can’t make a small university large.
And it’s taken this long to finally figure out what that’s really means to me.
That’s a picture of Romophos, the sophomore honorary I’m in. (Sadly I was not at induction because I sick.) But its just an example of one of the little familes that I’ve made here at OSU. My freshmen year had so many possibilites and I was really overwhelmed with all the things availble to me and the lack of direction because I could really do anything I wanted to. SO sure, I signed up for the pokemon club, water skiing, and the ukulele club because I realized that I should do everything I could, but thats not possible at OSU.
So this year I think I’m slowly finding things that really sync up with me, and finding these little families all over campus. These safe havens with people that I love so much, and it just makes me excited to see them at meetings. And its not like these clubs just host formal events, we have socials and more often, we just call each other to just hang out. It’s amazing to think how far I’ve come from last year. Leaving my home, traveling thousands of miles to a place where I had maybe 3 or 4 other friends and now I have all these groups of people that are just really amazing.
This is another picture of the Aids walk I went to last Saturday with the First Year Connections Team, (once again I’m not in the picture because I took it) but its just amazing to think about how small you can really make Ohio State. Its whatever you want it to be, and even though I could just be with these friends all time, I could meet new people literally everyday until I graduate.
Gordon Gee was right, (not that I ever doubted that man or his exquisite bow tie collection) OSU is however large or small you want it to be. And there’s something comforting in that.
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