Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Lynn Walsh is going to get a job when she graduates, but hasn't found one yet. She said, and I can attest, that it is hard to live life, take classes AND find a job your senior year of college. Though she is nervous, she is confident in her education.
"The whole suspense of not knowing is hard but I would rather enjoy my last few weeks here," Walsh said.
This is all part of the emotions that have been hitting her as she plans to leave. She feels excited to see what is in store for her next, but she is sad to leave OU and all her friends and memories. OU has been a comfort zone for so long.
There are a few things she is doing to ease the transition along. She is setting up meetings with people, such as work-out dates with people she is leaving behind and those that are also moving on. Included in those lists are getting buddy or sorority families together one last time. She is also making sure to let professors who have had a great impact on her life know they are appreciated.
When Adam Fardy graduates next week, he knows exactly what he is doing for the next few years. He will be going home and working at law firm near his family's home in Cincinnati then going to law school. He is looking forward to enjoying the Cincinnati lifestyle and spending time with his family taking it easy for a while before jumping back into academia. Even so, he knows he will miss Athens.
"I'm ready to leave the school aspect, but this has been my home," Fardy said.
He is confident in his transition and his plans for the next few years, trusting that a year with his family will be great and doesn't believe the rumors that once you leave school you don't come back.
Beth Beach will be staying in Athens next year, as a staff member for Campus Crusade for Christ, a christian movement on campus. Though she is excited about her new role, she knows there will be an adjustment. Being on campus and not taking classes will be weird she said. Beach is also slightly worried about the change in role between her and younger friends and her and the staff members she will be working with. The role reversal will be interesting to come over, seeing the people she looked up to as equal partners in the movement now and learning how to navigate those changing relationships, learning how to make small talk and really build relationships with the other members of the staff. Beach will not have to do it alone, however, and is glad about that. A few of her friends will be joining her on staff.
For Chris Yonker, the symbolism of graduation is what is getting him most.
"I still don't see myself as responsible for anything," he said.
He also said that the assurances from family and friends is a deterent because it seems the same for anyone and not just him. Yonker is not sure what he is going to do after college, mentioning that he is scrambling for a job. He said he is sure his parents would love to have him back, but seeing as how he hasn't lived in his family's house since freshman year winter break, it would be quite an adjustment.
Sadie Roth agrees with Walsh that graduating is a sea of emotions- one minute she is ready to leave and the next she is sad and weirded out by the change. She said that she already feels old in Athens because she has been going to OU, first as an undergrad and then as a master's student.
To start making the adjustment, she has been attending sporting events, plans on taking one mroe good walk on East Green and has been cleaning out her apartment with her roomate. Roth has also started investingating the Akron area, her new neighborhood. She has been investingating apartments she might be interesting and looking into finding things she knows she will need to make the transition, such as a gym and seeing what the city has to offer. She decided to do this because she knows what she will miss most is the social interaction and knows she is not a good transitioner.
If these stories did not calm some of your axieties about the transition from college to wherever you end up, here are two websites that might give you some pointers and more reasurance: The Quarterlife Crisis-A One-Stop Info-Shop for Recent Grads and Beyond and Quarterlife Crisis: Official Site of the Quarterlife Crisis Books, both revolving around the book, Quarterlife Crisis, talking about the official transition to adulthood, accoring to the one-stop-shop site. That site (the first link) has links to different tips for the different areas of your life, and a message forum so you can discuss these issues with others. The second site has a link to statistics the authors of the books have gathered about the twenty-somethings of today. Hopefully those will help you put things in perspective as you pack up to leave Athens.
Scripps is one of my favorite buildings and is also a favorite of Lynn Walsh.
A look at what used to be the Front Room, a hot spot for Adam Fardy.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The basic run-down of an Ohio University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony goes a little like this:
- Seniors arrive at the garage at the Convocation Center by 8:45 (College of Business, Scripps College of Communications, College of Fine Arts, Regional Campuses, Russ College of Engineering & Technology and University College) or 1:15 (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, Honors Tutorial College)
- Each student will get a notecard with their name on it to give to the announcer when it is time to call their name.
- Each college has its own portal to the floor of the convocation center and will start proceeding in led by a marshall holding the college flag. (Gilmore said there were a lot of spotlights going on at this time as well as the playing of the graduation song.
- After that the platform party (the president, the commencement speaker, etc.) will be processed as will the OU Mace (our OU seal)
- The speakers will give their speeches before the changing of the tassel. This years commencement speaker is Peter King, a 1979 grad and a senior writer for Sports Illistrated
- Each students name will be read off by college and they will proceed out the door to meet family and friends (Gilmore recommends you establish a spot with your family before commencement so you will be able to find each other quickly.)
Gilmore did give some dos and don'ts for the event:
- Do decorate the top of your mortor board. She said she has seen some that light up. Gilmore did say to remember that nothing can hang down and graduates cannot decorate their gowns.
- Do not bring beach balls to toss around. "Every year people try to neek in things like beach balls and they get taken away and people get mad, but it is too distracting.
- Those in charge will not hesitate to take a person who looks like he or she is drunk out of the line, disappointing themselves and those who came to celebrate with them
- Do sit with friends from your college. The announcing is not done alphabetically, so sit with the people you have suffered through all those classes with. I already know my "posse" for the big event.
One thing Gilmore told me that I found interesting was that we should be on the look out for a student who graduated in 1970. That year no commencement ceremony was held and many 1970 grads have walked in the years after. She remembers one year a 1970 alum's son was graduating so the alum chose to walk with his son.
Another thing I found interesting was that anyone who applies could be an usher or a marshal. They simoly need to apply, be interviewed and go through training.
The last and most important thing on most seniors mind is how long is it going to take and Gilmore assured me that they do a good job of not making it too long.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
She has also been thinking about memories a lot because she is working on the senior class gift, a digital time capsule. Lynn has been collecting stories about memorable experiences and other things that would represent our four years at OU. Among the things people have told her already, seniors remember the flooding of freshman year, the time OU beat Pitt in football, and Halloween in Athens. She said she will always remember the fests and homecoming.
about the transition from college, but now it is your turn.
I want to know what your favorite memory of OU is.
Where is that one spot you have to go to one last time?
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