How to make the best of your second choice school

When I imagined college, I wasn’t thinking of snowy Ohio winters, colonial style buildings and rolling hills. I wasn’t sporting the classic green and white and I had no idea who Rufus was. When people said, “F–k Miami,” I wondered what an Ohio college could have against Florida.

According to a quick poll on my twitter, OU was the first choice for about 45 percent of participants. I did not fall under that category.

If you would have asked me during my senior year of high school, I was bound for The University of Texas in Austin — until I saw the bill.

So, coming to OU was my only choice, and for a while, I let that bother me. It took me a while to find my feet and fall in love with being a Bobcat.

Here’s five things that helped me — and hopefully will help you — fall in love with a second choice college.

Julia Fair and Megan Henry hang out in The Post's newsroom.
Julia Fair and Megan Henry hang out in The Post’s newsroom.

1) Get involved

When you feel like one of the only freshmen who doesn’t want to be in college, it can be hard making friends. Find a club or group on campus who share your interests. I found some of my best friends after joining The Post. Remember, it’s the people who make the memories, not the place.

My mom trying to keep it together when she dropped me off at OU.
My mom trying to keep it together when she dropped me off at OU.

2) Stop calling you mom

Yes, mom’s voice is always comforting. Yes, mom has been making you feel better about things for the last 18 years. But, it’s also mom’s job to do that, so she won’t tell you that you have to accept the situation you’re in and stop calling her.

Anyways, your mom isn’t going to come back and pick you up (I asked), so stop trying.

Taking a step away from mom is taking a step into being independent, which is essential for succeeding in college. Once you stop calling mom to talk about your problems, you can start finding friends to talk to.

Emily Bohatch, Liz Backo, Julia Fair and Patrick Connolly attend an OU football game.
Emily Bohatch, Liz Backo, Julia Fair and Patrick Connolly attend an OU football game.

3) Go to a Bobcat’s game

Sportsball may not be your thing, but something about standing in a sea of green and yelling builds up team spirit. And if you’re not particularly interested in watching football, the Marching 110 will get you fired up about being a Bobcat.

Stroud's Run State Park
Stroud’s Run State Park

4) Explore Athens

I grew up in a town with two stoplights, so Athens was an upgrade for me. But for you city-dwellers, small-town Appalachia can be a shock. Believe it or not, Athens has a bunch of gems hidden just around the corner. Take a day to explore the Ridges or hike around Stroud’s Run. Hit up every shop up town. You’ll be surprised at all of the kitchy, Athens-esque things you find.

OU students enjoy Mill Fest.
OU students enjoy Mill Fest.

5) Get out of your dorm

Some of the most fun events in Athens are held outside of your dorm (can you imagine that?). So, instead of sitting inside on a Saturday afternoon marathoning Netflix, go out and enjoy one of the many events Athens is famous for: Halloween, Fests, International Street Fair, Humans versus Zombies, karaoke nights, house parties, ect.

Survivor Advocacy Program should offer services for survivors of sexual assault in the fall

After a year of turbulence, Ohio University should have its Survivor Advocacy Program up and running by the beginning of Fall Semester — or at least that’s what officials hope.

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones said the program will open as soon as staff members are hired.

Formerly known as OUSAP, the new SAP program will be under the Division of Student Affairs, and will offer counseling and confidential services to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

OUSAP closed in the 2014-2015 academic year after the program’s director left the university.

A lot is still in the air with the new SAP program, and Hall-Jones isn’t sure what it will look like next year.

“I can’t really say right now, as the ultimate delivery of service to students will be shaped by the Director we hire – but basic services (being with students at the hospital, attending ECRC meetings with students, helping with academic accommodations, etc. will all be the same),” Hall-Jones said in an email.

Job postings for two full-time licensed individuals will be posted until April 24, Hall-Jones added.

Other changes to the program include the following:

  • Setting up an after-hours hotline with trained professionals
  • Moving student advocates, who worked with the program’s director before, to work with the Sexual Assault Prevention Educator
  • The Ohio University Advocacy Outreach program, which provides support to Athens County residents and residents of other counties, will operate outside of the Division of Student affairs, according to the email.

The Survivor Advocacy Program will be located in Lindley Hall.


Looking back: OUSAP during the 14-15 year