October 31, 2014
By: Hannah Tobin @HanTobes
I remember feeling right at home as soon as my feet touched the brick-paved streets during my first visit to Athens, and from there college has been a whirlwind adventure. My first week of classes as a freshman seem like they were only yesterday, but were three years ago. Guess it’s true what they say, “time flies when you’re having fun,” but they always fail to mention time also flies when you’re busy as hell.
My home stretch is the furthest thing from what I thought it would be. Senior year is not a breeze. It is full of classes, meetings, homework, projects, extra curricular activities, and in my case an internship. I’m a little too lucky because I intern for the greatest college in the whole United States! Yup, I intern for The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) right here in Athens, Ohio, and I’m here to tell you why it is AWESOME!
- I get to learn more about OU: Working with the OUAA has given me the opportunity to learn more about the university I know and love. For instance, did you know Ohio U’s original colors were blue and white? Or that the Wolfe Garden right outside of the 4th floor of Alden is in the shape of Ohio? (It’s true, check it out sometime). Interning at OU has helped me appreciate going to school here, and has made me excited to be an active alumna when I graduate.
- I feel closer to my OU community: Ohio University creates long lasting relationships with their students and staff, and the OUAA has opened my eyes to how strong the Bobcat Family is. Having the opportunity to contribute to the Bobcat Family Reunion Homecoming 2014 success made me feel like I mattered on campus, and helped me see all the efforts OU makes to create such a close campus environment!
- I understand how lucky I am to be a Bobcat: My internship has made me fall in love with Ohio University all over again. It gives me giddy butterflies when I see college green in the fall. I smile every time I walk by The Konneker Alumni Center. Most of all, I’ve realized I need to cherish and savor my time.
Interning at OU couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. As a senior with 6 weeks and a semester until I leave Athens, I needed a reminder of how much OU is apart of who I am and who I will become. I will never forget my co-interns, staff in the office, skills I have learned and love I have for my job. I hope to bring the passion I have for OU and translate it into a career I am equally as passionate about. That is why interning for OU is AWESOME!