By Taylor | April 1, 2013
You know what I’m talking about. Those moments you have walking across the Oval or by the Stadium, and you just think to yourself … “I’m at THE Ohio State University. I go here.”
I’ve had more of these moments than I can count. Especially when I was a freshman and it felt like all of my dreams were coming true. I had gotten out of the quicksand that is my small hometown and moved over 600 miles away to the incredible city that is Columbus. But even more importantly, I was living next to the Shoe. THE SHOE! Morrill Tower was my new home, which I repeated to myself like a mantra, “Ohio State is your home. Ohio State is your home.”
Ever since freshman year, I’ve lived for these moments. When I walk across the Oval or when I walk into Woody’s Tavern and everyone is screaming, watching the OSU basketball team dominate. You would think they would dissipate over time, these feelings. As we get older – and I am guilty of this – I tend to think that I’m just at a college, getting my degree so I can create a substantial future for myself.
But then moments like this happen, and I am reminded of why I came to THIS college. Why I really came to Ohio State.
I had another one of these moments about a month ago, and I’m not sure why I haven’t written about it since.
I attended Alpha Tau Omega’s 2013 Casino Night. This a fraternity’s fundraiser for the Tressel Family Fund at the James Cancer Center here at Ohio State. I attended to shoot a story package for BuckeyeTV because it’s a huge event on campus, held in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom, and it raises a lot of money for our very own former football coach Jim Tressel’s family fund.
I get there early to set up, choose my spots for my stand ups, decide who to interview, and decide on b-roll … and in walks Jim Tressel himself, dressed in his suit and tie (in love with that song, just saying) and waiting for the doors to open.
“I have to get an interview with him, right?” I ask my cameraman Ryan, who is just as starstruck as I am. But there’s no way. There is no way Jim Tressel is going to want to talk to poor little me who is shooting this trivial little package for BuckeyeTV. No way.
Next thing I know, he’s walking towards me, with a friend of mine – and chairman of the event – Josh. My heart’s beating … I don’t know what to say … I don’t want to sound stupid! And I did. I totally did. I don’t even remember my comment it was so stupid. Good thing I had on red sparkly vans because they were a conversation starter and we could bond over them.
Then, before I was ready or had any questions prepared, I was interviewing him.
I was incredibly hype. I was thinking, “I’m definitely going to get an A for this.” Because I got the catch. I got the good interview. And if that wasn’t enough, Tressel came back later and remembered me by name! BY NAME!
I know I sound silly … he’s a human being too … treat him like any other human being. Blah blah. We all get starstruck. I don’t care who you are. And if I wasn’t starstruck by Jim Tressel (which I completely and utterly was), then my next interview sent me over the edge.
THE Troy Smith. 2006 Heisman Trophy winner and my mother’s dream husband. I remember watching him when I was a young girl in high school. “Taylor, you should go to Ohio State and marry Troy Smith.” A look of unbelievability sits on my face, as she’s said this many times before and many times after (currently, it’s Aaron Craft).
But here I was, AT Ohio State, and INTERVIEWING Troy Smith. Not quite a marriage, but the next best thing :)
The whole point of this was this Casino Night was another “Ohio State” moment for me. I’m walking around the ballroom with hundreds of other Ohio State students, playing casino games, meeting Ohio State legends, listening to music and engaging with each other. When I was done shooting my story, I played a little “craps” myself. Of course it’s all with fake chips but the atmosphere was incredible. It was everything Ohio State is: traditional, electric, engaging, and unforgettable.
What are your Ohio State moments? :)