- Class: Freshman
- Major: Education
- Gender: F
- High School: Solon High School
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about Ohio is the friendly and laid back atmosphere. Everyone seems to be in a great mood, especially on the weekends. I think that while OU is a fairly big school, it is not overwhelming like it would be at a larger Big 10 school. If I could change anything about OU, it would to have better athletics! But on the upside of that, all of our sporting events are free to go to which is always nice. For the most part, I spend my time on campus working out at Ping which is a nice place for me to relieve stress. Ohio University is definitely a college town, but I love it because we have the city atmosphere of bars and stores uptown surrounded by the hills of Appalachia. There is not a whole lot of school pride from what I can tell besides on game days against Rivals such as Miami University. One experience about Ohio I will always remember woud be going to the Ridges and getting to see the haunted places--it was then that I formed my group of best friends. Halloween is always much anticipated and people begin planning their outfits even in spring. People complain about how our 8 week break from Thanksgiving is to after New Years is too long, however it's a great time to just relax or earn back all the money you wasted fall quarter. The long break just means we get out later for the summer.
My favorite class was probably my Plant Biology lab. I hate science, but this was a really neat interactive class where we made different things every week like paper, waffles out of scratch by taking apart the wheat brans and seeds, etc. Students study probably everynight for a little bit, and then cram before the big tests. Students are competitive if their major is harder to get into. In Early Childhood you have to apply to get into the program first, which has driven me to do really well this year with competing against others. The education at Ohio is geared both towards getting a job and learning for its own sake.
I came from a really diverse high school, so sometimes I feel that even OU with the great diversity isn't enough sometimes. While the majority of OHIO is white middle-upper class students, I've encountered people of all races, religions, economic statuses and sexual orientations. Pretty much opposite of Miami and their carbon-copy population. There are a lot of Asians surprisingly, from their study abroad program so I always see them around. There are a lot of clubs for different races and religions to get involved in if one does want to join that sort of group. Students typically never wear anything besides comfy clothes to class. Some days wearing jeans may even be too dressy. Many students are politically aware and active, and uptown on Court there are sometimes rallies uptown. Mostly the population leans toward the liberal side of the spectrum.
The Best Things
The beautiful campus, anytime of the year
The Worst Things
The hills get tiresome