Hey High School Seniors, Ohio State Is The Move

Hey High School Seniors, Ohio State Is The Move

I think it's time that you finally do something for yourself...


You've finished up your college applications. The decisions are slowly rolling in. Yet, the hardest decision is picking which school to spend your next 4 years. Well, this is important, and you should pick what's best for you...but there's no way you could go wrong with THE Ohio State University.

These are just a few of the many reasons why OSU is the place for you.

1. Buckeye Nation is the best family

Sure. Every school has their traditions and their fans. But, they are nothing compared to Buckeyes. "Carmen Ohio" is sung at just about every university-sponsored event (and always with great pride.) There is an automatic bond between students and it shows. This is really nice for freshmen as it makes you feel welcome immediately. Also, alumni are extremely committed. There is nothing like seeing tons and tons of families and old friends pour into Ohio Stadium every football season. Not to mention, if you are ever feeling lonely, you're guaranteed to get a response if you yell "O-H-" from any spot on campus.

2. Campus is beautiful

From Mirror Lake to the Ovals to the incredible architecture, campus is absolutely beautiful. For as many academic buildings are there are, there is still a ton of green space. There are tons of places on campus to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just take in the view.

3. On-campus food is ACTUALLY good

Who'd thunk it? There are millions of options on campus, so you'll get sick of sucky dining hall food. All options on campus are covered by the meal plan and most places on High Street take BuckID, so if you're really craving something, you can literally go anywhere and not have to spend your own money. Traditions, Curl Market, Sloopy's, Union Market - the possibilities are endless.

4. Everywhere you turn, there are dogs

Seriously, they're EVERYWHERE. There are always events where they bring in therapy dogs. Even better, there are millions of puppies being trained to become guide dogs. If you ask nicely, most times you can pet them and get a dose of puppy love.

5. The library makes me WANT to study

I can not stress it enough: THOMPSON LIBRARY IS GORGEOUS. With 11 floors of study spaces, open and closed, it is the perfect place to get to work. The architecture is actually amazing, with tons of windows and different spaces to accommodate everyone's favorite studying conditions. Yeah, yeah. I know there are other libraries. But my heart lies with Thompson.

6. OUAB events are awesome

OUAB honestly has all the hookups. They bring in your favorite speakers and performers. Seriously, there must be a different event every week. On top of that, they put on Flicks for Free every Wednesday and Friday where they show the latest blockbusters and provide popcorn and drinks. Also, they host the Welcome Back and Spring Concerts. And the best part? It's all FREE!

7. You will actually LIKE going to the gym

The main gym, the RPAC, is GIGANTIC. It has many different types of courts, pools, equipment - if you can think of it, the RPAC has it. They have tons of free workout classes that are really nice; they are challenging, but refreshing and something new for when you get sick of the treadmill. They also have an awesome smoothie bar and cafe to pick up some grub after a workout. Besides the RPAC, there are tons of other gyms and spots to sweat it out in between classes.

8. The Short North has got it all

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The Short North is one of my favorite spots in Columbus. Actually, I don't even think I would classify it as a "spot" with all of its diverse options! The Short North, located between OSU and downtown Columbus, is trendy and always changing. There are tons of delicious restaurants, shops, and experiences. It is also home to North Market, my favorite place! North Market is a two-story heaven of all different kinds of vendors. There is an option for everyone in the Short North!

9. There are so many fricking people

Seriously, there are a ton of people. I know that might be a turn off for people, but as a girl from a high school graduating class of 160 kids, it is really refreshing. There are so many new people to meet (my little extrovert heart cannot take it!) Also, that small town gossip is eliminated and you are free to do what you want without fear of backlash. If you totally embarrass yourself in front of someone, you'll probably never see them again! Yet...

10. Campus seems smaller than it actually is

There are a ton of people, but once you get into your major and your own routine, you'll find your people. You'll have smaller classes with the same people. You'll see the same person ever Tuesday when you walk past Mirror Lake. It's nice to have that safety cushion of seeing familiar faces, even when you are relishing your new freedom.

11. We're better than Michigan...duh

I mean...that is obvious.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.

College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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