With the semester officially half over, a little family time is a necessity. Maddie and Spencer (who are not siblings I promise) live in Indiana and decided to come stay the weekend for a little family get together. And as college students/recent graduates, food is obviously close to their hearts. So on this edition of “Redheads Gone Wild,” here is us taking on Athens
Parents in town
Hilarious comments flooded Twitter after Ohio University Parents Weekend kicked off Friday in Athens, Ohio.
In response to the annual tradition that allows students on campus reuniting with their families, Twitter user Chuck Morgan, @chuckmorgan23, wrote, “It’s not a parents weekend at OU unless a dad starts a bar fight.”
Another Twitter user, Haley Priebe, @haleypriebe, said that “My dad is so excited to come to ou for parents weekend because he thinks that means we are drinking 24/7, SOS.”
The Career and Leadership Development Center of Ohio University tweeted that every parent looked like this during the weekend:
Every parent this weekend when they get to Athens for Parents Weekend… pic.twitter.com/CtFe5U30Tc
— Ohio University CLDC (@OHIOCLDC) September 23, 2016
Hope it’s not because they drank too much. Ohio University hosted several family-friendly activities during the weekend, including a brunch, a bike tour, and a campfire event. The purpose was to provide parents an opportunity to connect to the university.
It’s not all about party
How to convince your parents that Athens is more than an isolated college town? Among several activities held during the weekend, a magician’s show and a library event with a historical bent could answer the question.
Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented
Broadway star Adam Trent brought his magician performance “Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented” to Ohio University Friday night as part of the school’s Parents Weekend events.
Trent’s audience interactive performance, described as “mind-bending, jaw-dropping” by Time Out New York magazine, combines magic, dancing and singing, as well as stand-up comedy.
A tea party, a shooting game, and workshops… Athens Public Library hosted its fourth annual Steampunk Festival Saturday. This year the theme was “Full Steam into the West.”
Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that focuses on steam power technology. The genre inspires Steampunk fashion that integrates modern designs with 19th-century Victorian elements.
If your families have decided to stay for another week
Athens Invitational Marching Festival
Several high school marching bands from Southeast and Central Ohio will compete in the 42nd annual Athens Invitational Marching Festival at Athens High School on Saturday, October 1.
The event is open to the public and admission is $5. Festival organizers will donate ticket proceeds for youth development. Find more information here.
Inaugural Habitat 5K Fall Fun Run/Walk
Celebrate the Fall season of Athens with your parents in a healthy way. A run/walk race will be held Saturday, October 1 at Athens Community Center. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 14. Registration proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio. Find more information here.
HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE
Ah…high school. Strategically planning your outfits the night before a full day of school as if your life depended on it seems to have been a common occurrence among teenagers. In college, nobody gives a sh*t about what you wear. I’m telling you right now to stop stressing. If you need some helpful fashion tips, keep reading.
The following information includes the general fashion trends. Do not limit yourself to these. Wear whatever you want. Be happy, comfortable, confident, and express yourself… even if it means wearing a banana suit!
WHERE TO SHOP
Amazon Prime. As a college student, you are eligible for a free 6-month trial of Amazon Prime. This will give you free two-day shipping, access to hundreds of free movies and TV shows, and access to hundreds of playlists through Prime Music. It’s awesome. After your 6-month trial is up, you get Amazon Prime for 50% off ($40 a year, so worth it). Click here to sign up!
Court Street. Fig Leaf and The Other Place are two of the more popular boutiques on Court Street. Some of their items can be expensive, but watch for their awesome sales! If you’re looking for some nearby OU apparel, try College Bookstore, Follett University Bookstore, or UniversiTEES.
East State Street. Did you know Athens has a mall? I use the term “mall” loosely. It consists of a couple stores like Elder-Beerman and Goody’s. These places usually have some good deals. Dunham’s Sports is also located at the mall. It’s basically Athen’s version of Dick’s Sporting Goods. They also have OU apparel there. If you need to go to a real mall, the closest one is actually in Vienna, West Virginia (about a 45 minute drive).
Explore East State some more and you’ll find a couple other gems like Rue 21. Check out the whole strip. You’ll also find SHOE Department.
We can’t forget Walmart. Other than underwear and socks, Walmart is good for simple clothing items like tank tops, sweat pants, or t-shirts. They also have cute, cheap OU apparel!
A NO BULLSH*T, TO THE POINT, SEASON-BY-SEASON GUIDE
Leggings. Skinny jeans. Boots. Scarves. Vests. Hoodies. That’s all you need to know.
Same as above. You may want to dress a little warmer and have a heavier jacket. Make sure you dress in layers because the classrooms can get really hot. If you want to REALLY break the “not giving a sh*t” meter, just dress up as a winter Disney princess and lighten the mood on campus. Check out The Post’s article on this dude here.
Spring is an interesting time in Athens. It can be 40 degrees or it can be 85 degrees. You’ll want to have some flip flops, jean shorts, rompers, comfy dresses, and tank tops. If the weather is in the “in-between phase” you can always mix and match tank tops with a pair of jeans and a light jacket. Athens can be pretty rainy too. Invest in some rain boots and a rain jacket.
You should dress obnoxiously. Everything and anything is acceptable (unless you’re naked..then the horse cops will get you). Fest season might be the only time where fanny packs are actually a fashion trend. Sports jerseys seem to be a common trend too. Make sure you wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. You should definitely consider wearing boots. Also, show your school spirit. Wearing a lot of OU apparel is another option.
Wear the same outfits you’d wear in the spring if it’s hot. You can throw a bikini in there too.
WHY YOU ULTIMATELY SHOULDN’T GIVE A SH*T
OU is the greatest school. Coming here was the greatest decision of my life and it should be yours too. I have never seen anyone get judged or made fun of over something they chose to wear. We are all a loving Bobcat family. Don’t over think it.
MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM SEASONED VETERANS
*Subjects freely contributed the above Instagram photos
- Find a strong support system
Whether it’s friends or family, surround yourself with people who will support you. A lot of times you may find out that your friends are going through the same stressors. As Kendra Jackson at Hopewell Health Center would say, “It creates a sense of universality just to know that someone is going through the same thing, and that we can all make it together so that you won’t be traveling through this journey alone.”
As simple as it sounds, writing down what you’re feeling can work wonders. Whether it is poetry, doodling, or diary entries, writing gives you a chance to see your feelings on paper as well as giving you a chance to re-create those feelings into a more positive outcome. Jackson calls this narrative therapy, recreating or reframing a story with a different ending.
No matter your interests, there will always be a book out there for you. Reading creates a way for you to put yourself inside a story and experience a sort of escape from reality. Connecting with the characters and seeing their decisions might make you rethink and reframe your own as well.
Spirituality can be an effective way of dealing with stress. And it doesn’t have to be something that everyone else believes. Spirituality comes from within, and when you find what you believe in, it gives you a reason to live.
- Go back to the basics
Find the things that soothe you, and that you find joy, happiness, and contentment from. People are always looking for some new “AHA!” invention to help them with stress, but what helped you in the past? What brought you joy before? When you find it, that is what you want to go back to when you’re having a bad day.
Source: Kendra Jackson, Counselor at Hopewell Health Center