By Hayley | January 17, 2013
If you remember way back in December, I did my first of a series of posts concerning the reasons I wasn’t originally enthused about OSU and how my lack of enthusiasm was mainly based on incorrect assumptions. This is the second in that series.
Disclaimer: I don’t want to sound like I’m boasting about how I don’t like sporting events, because it’s my personal philosophy that people should be proud of what they do like, not what they don’t like, so please don’t take my lack of enthusiasm for sports as me trying to be cool and alternative. My cool alternativeness comes from my nose ring (in case you were wondering where I get it).
Anyways, I very shamefully don’t like sporting events much, which was another reason that last fall I was weary of applying to Ohio State. All you sports haters I am here to tell you that it’s okay to be a buckeye who dislikes sports!
Reason: Ohio State has a sports-centered culture and because I don’t like sports, I wouldn’t like it there.
Reality: I hate sports but I love it here!
While Ohio State obviously has very talented teams, there are plenty of other things to do around campus, and I am never bored. So for all of you who are not planning on hitting up every football game*, here is a list of other fun activities around OSU:
- OUAB (the Ohio Union Activities Board) has cool stuff going on all the time. Example: Flicks for Free is on Wednesdays at the Union, and they play good movies, which are, duh, free to attend with your BuckID.
- OUAB also has super extra cool stuff going on all the time that is also free but that you have to pick up a ticket for. For example, I saw Louis CK** last semester.
- OSU has an outstanding music department. Their band and choir concerts are also free to students and are a lovely opportunity for a fancy date if acting like a “real” adult is up your alley. As a person who regularly cries at music, I teared up at their Winter concert. I am so lame.
- Join a club. I guarantee that club meetings will spice up your life.
- As someone who doesn’t like sports but still likes working out, the fitness classes offered at the RPAC are dope.
- There are karaoke and trivia nights at Woody’s Tavern at the Ohio Union which I have yet to attend but I believe are probably pretty fun.
And those are just the OSU sponsored events, but besides that there’s plenty of things to do around Columbus using the COTA bus system and people to meet and hang out with all over campus.
And in defense of game days, even without having gone to the games, the energy on campus is absolutely palatable. It’s really exciting to see everyone in their scarlet and grey, and even I find myself excited about the outcome of games. At this point it may be cliché, but being part of the Buckeye Nation is something to be proud of and is so absolutely electrifying to be a part of. So, if you haven’t already, join us.
Books read: Haha well I’m really taking my time on Frannie and Zooey by JD Salinger. What kind of a sick joke was it for him to not include chapters? So, still zero. I am so far behind. I will catch up though, and I will prevail!
Song of the Post: February Seven by the Avett Brothers. This is my favorite song by my favorite band, hands down. They just announced a performance in Columbus in May! I am so excited!
*Protip: even if you don’t want to go to the games, buy tickets and sell them to other students, you’ll turn a profit. I’ve heard this kind of behavior called “the worst kind of buckeye” but it’s really just economically wise to do this. Apologies to everyone gasping at that recommendation.
** Louis CK is a particularly hilarious stand up comedian. Two of his shows are on Netflix currently and they’re both hilarious, I highly recommend them.