Hello! My name is Cullen and like you, I was once a clueless college student desperately trying to land an internship.
After finally receiving a call from a media company that I was thrilled to potentially work with, I immediately began to research anything I could get my hands on about the company to be prepared and well rehearsed before my upcoming interview.
However, to my surprise, nothing was about to prepare me for one of the most bizarre interview questions I had ever received.
With companies like Google, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon asking candidates off the wall interview questions, it’s important in today’s journalism field to be prepared because companies like The New York Times, Comcast, FOX, and The Walt Disney Company are catching on.
So, let’s dive in. What’s your answer to “How do you make the perfect sandwich?”
You may be questioning the correlation between preparing sandwiches to journalism and your future career, but actually, the answer does lie within the kitchen.
In college towns like Athens, Ohio every spring is the end of an era. Seniors say goodbye to their home and head out into the real world. Many people consider their time in college as the greatest years of their lives. College is a time for figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life, but it is also a time for some fun.
The memories made in college are priceless. The lifestyle on campus is something almost impossible to duplicate. This lifestyle is far from perfect but typically the highs outweigh the lows. Whether your time is spent climbing trees or taking a snooze in a library nap pod, there are sure to be things that will be missed. Hear what these Ohio University students have to say as they bid farewell to Athens.
When I graduated high school, friends and family encouraged me to have the best time at college, and live it up. They told me college was going to be the best four years of my life. I think it’s safe to say I had fun.
Coming to college, I honestly couldn’t tell you how scared I actually was. I had never been away from my family or friends for that long of a period, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how long it was going to take to make new friends and get adjusted to life away from Cincinnati, but I knew if I didn’t think about it too hard, I could make new friends pretty easily. Luckily, I was rooming with a friend from high school and it wasn’t long before I made, arguably, the biggest and best decision in college – joining a fraternity.
Many students adapt to the new environment and figure out what their favorite places on campus are sooner rather than later…especially in Athens!
As my time at Ohio University is running out, it’s hard not to look back at my four years here on campus, and think about all of my friends that I have met.
When I look back at my time here, there are so many different memories, good and bad, that pop into my head. There are some that make me want to stay in this little town forever, and some that make me glad I’m leaving. I’m going to remember strolling all the way back down to west green freshman year after a night uptown and grabbing some chicken and waffle, then only eating half of it and waking up to the other half the next morning. I remember sophomore and junior year living in my fraternity house. Honestly, there are too many stories to even reminisce on. But, what I will say is some of the best memories I had were sitting in a friend’s room on a Saturday or Sunday morning trying to figure out what exactly happened the night before. Senior year was probably the most interesting year I’ve had in college. For the first two weeks of school I had no interest in being there, I actually wanted to go home a few times. I don’t know why I was feeling like this, but I was. Maybe it was because deep down I knew it was my last year, but I don’t know. But it turned out to be the best year I’ve had on campus, but it comes with a price.
Being a senior, you get asked the same two questions about 10 times per minute. “So, are you going to miss Athens?” and, “What are your plans after graduation?” Honestly, I can’t answer the first question with a straightforward reply. In my four years, I haven’t been away from Athens long enough to know whether I’m going to miss it, besides Christmas break and summer. But will I miss hanging out with friends every weekend? Absolutely! What I won’t miss is having the same routine every weekend, going to the same bars every Friday and Saturday night. To me, it just gets old after a while. I also won’t miss the politics on campus. I was never a very political person until this year. It’s safe to say it brought out the worst in me. But I think I get more annoyed with the second question. I’m in a complicated situation right now. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do after graduation. Not only do I not have a job lined up, but I’m not too sure on what I even want to do exactly, but I think I have enough confidence to figure it out before the stress mode kicks in. It’s a work in progress. It just gets a little annoying answering the same thing over and over and over.
Obviously I know how I feel about leaving, it’s a whole mixture of different emotions, but I also think it’s interesting to see how other seniors feel, and how they are going to remember OU.
When talking to different seniors, some in Greek life and some not, there were a few different trends that I noticed, most of which I could relate to. You could notice some of the bars the younger students would go to, as well as those of the older students. But, along with some of the favorite bars, you also notice some of the places people liked going to as a freshman and how that differed from their senior year.
After talking to these seniors, you notice that OU is a special place not only for partying and going to the bars, but also meeting girlfriends and creating lifelong friendships. It’s these memories that people will cherish forever and take with them after college.
My personal favorite is listening to the different bars people went to as freshman and how they slowly transitioned to the different bars as they got older. Most of the people I know started off at Red Brick, but quickly transitioned to The Crystal, or “Stal”, which is the popular spot for Greek life.
Once you start talking to a current OU student, or even an alum, about where their favorite spots Uptown are/were, you start talking about the amazing dining spots. There are so many different spots to grab a bite to eat Uptown, sober or not sober. Let’s just work our way down Court Street. If you start at the very beginning right next to campus, you can grab some Chipotle on one side of the street or if you’re in a hurry, you can pick up some Wendy’s. Then work your way down the street a little more and you’ll find Bagel Street Deli and Brenen’s, two more OU gems. A little further down you’ll run into an OU favorite, Big Mamma’s. I personally never got hooked, but I think this is where some people’s paychecks went every weekend.
After you pass Big Mamma’s you’ll run into the heart of Court Street and the other favorite eateries. You’ll find Wings Over, which for some is quite delicious drunk and sober, which is simply a win for everyone. Once you turn the corner by The J Bar, which is known to many alumni as “The Junction”, you’ll find my two personal favorites, Souvlaki’s and O’Betty’s. I was introduced to O’Betty’s my freshman year and immediately fell in love. Since my freshman year, the only thing I have purchased from there is the cheesy fries. It’s a mix of fresh, crispy fries with melted cheddar cheese and topped with shredded cheese. It’s a little pricey but most nights that I get it I’m not too worried about it.
Ryan Lysaght, senior studying communication studies, has had a very different and unique college experience than any other student. As a senior, Lysaght has spent four years in a fraternity, and has been a student football manager for OU. His freshman year, he pledged into Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity, and then a semester later accepted a job with Ohio University Football.
“One memory that I won’t forget from college is during spring semester of my freshman year, I started working with the football team and the first day I went in for my interview, and they put me to work right away, and now four years later I’m now going to be doing this as a career,” Lysaght said.
Its memories like this that people will be able to remember forever and speak about them when they’re older. He also said joining the fraternity has given him so many different memories, skills, experiences and other things that he will be able to take with him and utilize after college.
He said some of his favorite experiences would probably be setting up and organizing events through the fraternity. He described some of those experiences as learning how to fail fast as a group, but learning how to get through the adversity and figure out what went wrong and be able to turn it around and make it successful.
“Dealing with the fraternity, holding events and hosting them, creating them from scratch and learning from those experiences and figuring out how to host a successful one has been some of the best times,” he said.
When he isn’t helping organize different events for the fraternity or running through practice with the football team, he likes to hang out Uptown with friends.
“My favorite place to eat would probably be Broney’s on Tuesday nights for loaded margaritas and quesadillas,” he said, “I’ve gone for the first 13 out of 15 weeks in the semester, and I plan on finishing the semester strong.”
As we’re counting down the days, all of the seniors are now thinking back on all of the memories we have over the last four years. The countless of hours we have spent studying…and the countless hours we have rewarded ourselves at the bars. We’re thinking about the all the friendships and relationships we have made that we will take with us after school. Leaving home to go to college hasn’t been easy by any means, but it definitely has been worth it. I wouldn’t have traded coming to Ohio University for anything. It’s all of my friends, professors and memories that make me proud to say OU OH YEAH!
Yesterday, for some odd reason, I was completely in the Christmas spirit. I had an insane craving for cookies that was easily satisfied by my box of Girl Scout thin mints. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” blasted through my headphones. Personally, my mood was more chipper than usual however quickly subsided into a nostalgic hangover.
It may be March, but the true Christmas spirit lives on Court Street in Athens and I couldn’t resist soaking in the memories. Just in case you needed a little reminder:
In this video I recap my conversations with a few alumni of Ohio University to see what they think about Court Street after leaving Athens, Ohio to pursue their careers. I asked them what they think about Athens’ iconic brick road and how it has changed over the years from when they were students.
The bobcats like to claim that their beautiful, rolling green landscape is a treasure that only their fellow neighbor can call home. The value placed in observing their beautiful environment is something that students and faculty try to keep in mind when walking their daily routes. However, their honor and prestige teeters a bit when they catch the attention of a photo and claim “Hey! That’s totally my school!” when, in actuality, its another brick campus with a lot of green. Here are 5 college campuses that share this strange power.
Green Mountain College
This one literally has green in the name of the college. That’s something that Ohio University can’t even do. Nestled in the southern reaches of a distant land called Vermont, Green Mountain College is a small, private establishment that attempts to convince its patrons that the appearance of older looking brick buildings surrounded by a lot of green grass is something unique to their experience.
2. Morehouse College
Morehouse College is a private. all-male, liberal arts, historically black college located in Atlanta, Georgia. This place is actually pretty cool, especially when you factor in that it is one of the very few men’s liberal arts colleges left in the United States, and also that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called this place his alma mater. Regardless of all these things, the place still definitely kinda looks like Ohio University.
3. Gnanatheeppam Community College
I promise I didn’t just take a picture of Ohio University’s campus and just make up a name like Gnanatheeppam to make all of this fit. Believe it or not, this is a picture of a community college all the way in Marthandam, India. That’s right, a college doesn’t even have to be in America to look a lot like Ohio University. Gnanatheeppam is one of the most populated community colleges within India, and it is very well respected throughout many of the country’s massive industrial success bubbles.
4. University of Maryland
This college carries the reputation of being one of the most successful public research colleges across the nation. Not only that, but they are also noted for having acquired success through their athletic department, as they are often identified for being a member of the Big Ten Conference. This place isn’t even really that far from Ohio University, i mean, they are sort of on the same coast. Clearly there is something about the east coast that produces brick houses with white detailing and tons of green grass.
5. Vanderbilt University
Those who have witnessed Vanderbilt University with their own eyes often claim that it is like “stepping into the 1700s”, a feeling that is apparently pretty common across all of these campuses. Much like Ohio University, Vanderbilt is an exceedingly historic campus, having been established in 1873. The fact that neither this place nor Ohio University has changed its looks over about 200 years makes you wonder if those responsible for decorating these places are trying to be historic, or just lazy. Either way, they kinda look the same.
Everyone has a bad day once in awhile and fashion sense is not a top priority. Unfortunately, some of these terrible clothing choices are accepted, or even normal, in a college environment. Sometimes, the weirdest trends are even praised by peers. Here’s a list of fashion trends that will make your parents cringe.
Sock and sandals
This used to be a trend, but then people came to their senses. It’s now back. It might look dorky, but it’s easy and convenient when running to the dining hall or class.
2. Wearing a baseball cap instead of showering
Some days it just makes sense to go purchase a hat instead of washing your hair. College is rough. Hats make it easier. And you know you roll up to class with the same expression on your face.
3. Leggings… with calf-high socks… and tennis shoes
For some reason college girls love the calf-high socks over their leggings. And the Converse or tennis shoes are convenient. This trend isn’t advised after college, but not a day goes by without seeing one person do this.
They’re not shoes… but sometimes they’re shoes.
5. Sweatpants at the bars
College is the only time when it’s more acceptable to wear sweats to the bar over a suit or nice outfit. No one questions your lazy bum self. In fact, it’d be more weird if you were dressed up. Less money spent on nice outfits means more money for the bars. It’s a win-win situation for every broke college student!
You shouldn’t do it. Even in college. But we all rock a groutfit here and there, so embrace it.
College students have a reputation as more or less a walking struggle. From loans, midterms and hangovers, we rock at needing help. NBA players on the other hand are in quite the opposite situation. Money, in great physical shape, career made and healthy dieting, (which most of us are probably lacking). Whether its shown on the basketball court or on Court Street, NBA players are doing a good job at representing several college enounters.
when you hear a freshman complaining about “how hard their required general education class” is….
“The exam will not be curved.” Enough said. Thanks, James Harden.
When your team KILLS the group presentation.
When you get home from your exam and hear your roommate ask “Did you do as bad as you thought you were gonna?”
….. And after convincing yourself you failed, you check blackboard in awe because you at least received a C, and C’s get degrees!
Walking through Athens, Ohio, a tour guide will point out the grandeur of Schoonover Center or the intricate design of Baker University Center; but to some, it’s the Vernon R.Alden Library that catches their eye and distracts them from the rest of College Green.
The library towers over Baker Center and College Green; its long, rectangular eyes watching over the thousands upon thousands of students who come and go from its contemporary structure. Many fear the responsibility that comes with entering the library, it’s where people go to be stressed not become stress-free.
For me, on the contrary, it’s just where I want to be while at college; well, maybe not so much on the weekends but you get my point. The windows, reflecting the blue sky or making patterns of rain on a wet day, are welcoming. As I walk toward the fourth floor entrance with its revolving doors, “The American Woman” – the statue in Wolfe Garden, – is always there to greet me.
In the spring, fresh flowers surround the bronze statue, but for me, when white snow falls around the statue, and her figure is a stark blue against the white snow, that is when the art and the library are the most beautiful.
Although I enter on the fourth or second floor, it’s the seventh level that is my favorite place in Athens, Ohio. Rows and rows of books, red, blue, green, are all parallel to one another in bookcases that fill the entire square footage of the floor. Desks are situated next to the windows, where the studious become the watchers. At times, the ability to see out and watch the busy lives below can be distracting but the connection to the outside is also calming.
I hear people comment about the smell of the seventh floor, expressing distaste in the poignant musk of the old books. It’s a smell I appreciate, who knows when those old books will be replaced by cold, thin technology that doesn’t crack when you open it or flutter as you flip through it. I’m being dramatic, I know, but when it comes to the seventh floor of Alden I can’t help but be swept up in it.
But just what makes the seventh floor better than all the others? It’s not just the books or the view, but the silence that comes with being at the very top of the library. The floor enforces the no-talking rule; the only sounds heard tend to be the shuffling of feet, the faint beat of someone’s study music or the ding of the elevator. I do my best to chew gum as quietly as possible or take my bagel out of a crinkly paper bag by moving as slowly as possible.
People respect your study space, they respect your need to work diligently without being interrupted by loud conversations about weekend antics or who won Sunday’s playoff game (sadly, not the Steelers).
Alden Library is where I go to better myself, its seventh floor gives me a serene place to relax and focus on my workload. It’s a sanctuary for those who want to get away from the world but still be able to look out and see the busy lives below. For these reasons and more, Alden Library is my favorite place in Athens, Ohio.
The essence of College Green remains the same despite the changing colors of the leaves each season. There’s always some kind of action going on inside the tree tree filled quadrangle. During the Fall and Spring, you usually can see people laying in their back pack hammocks and reading books. Other times, you can be entertained by watching people try to walk on a tightrope that they have attached between two tree trunks. However, when it’s Winter, most of the action consists of people walking through the Green on their way to class bundled up in scarfs and hats. However, no matter what season, you can always count on seeing a dog, or two, if you’re lucky.
For me, it’s a place that no matter what time of year it is, it always brings me the same feeling. I get a sense of nostalgia when I walk through the Green towards the shops and restaurants on Court Street. It reminds me of who I was when I came to Ohio University, and how far I’ve come.
As a Freshman, I was someone who was amazed by the amount of people in this place. I was excited by the fact that I was only one of five people from my high school in Athens. The campus felt like it was all mine. I had a fresh start to everything. But I also remember being scared. I didn’t know where things were, what buildings were which, and who I would become my new best friends. However, I sometimes miss that nervous, anxious feeling because I had fun with it. I loved getting out of my comfort zone and taking a risk. I loved discovering new things and meeting different people. I loved everything that was new to me. It was a time to experience the world and figure out what I liked while being completely unapologetic about it.
Now when I walk through College Green, along with the nostalgia, I feel hopeful and comfort. I know who my friends are, and I’ve set goals for myself. I look at the brick paths that cut all over the ground throughout the Green, and I realize that I’m on a different one now than the path I started on. I am more excited about my future and preparing for it than what is going on at J-Bar uptown on a Saturday night. I am motivated when I see the Schoonover Center of Communication while I’m walking through the Green because it’s the building that I have the most meaningful and helpful classes targeted towards my major. When I am in the quadrangle lawn, I also can’t help but notice how big the tress are. I’ll look up and see the sunlight peaking through the branches above me. It makes me think about how big the world really is, and that I still have so much more to experience. Athens is just the start of the journey.
College green reassures me that I made the right choice. Ohio University is where I belong.