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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always Something – There's always something to do at night, although I'd skip the bars/clubs. Too expensive! House parties are great for those who want to meet to new people (and for those who can't get into the bars).

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3 College Freshman

Parking: No Car, No Worries – As a freshmen, you aren't allowed to bring a car to campus. And really, you don't need it. But if you do have one, good luck finding a spot.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Know Where to Look – I had a heck of a time finding where to go online and who to talk to, but once that was figured out it was smooth sailing.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Great Options – No matter what I'm in the mood for, OSU has options galore. From vending machines to small vendors to small restaurant chains, there is never a dull day, food wise.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strict Is Better – I come from a background of high standards and a low tolerance for inappropriate or childish behavior. I believe that a college is a place of learning and higher education, not a playground or a bar. Strict rules, in my opinion, help promote a focus on the important things. Socializing can be done on the weekends or holidays off campus, in my opinion, keep the campus strict and professional.

4 College Junior

Majors: Civil Engineering Is Perfect for Me – As a lover of all things mathematical, I knew some kind of engineering would be ideal for me. The Civil engineering program has been a great experience, and I have been enjoying stretching the limits of my academic ability and reaching for the higher levels of math and physics. I hope to find a job that allows me to help design bridges or buildings and positively contribute to my community. The only concern I have is finding a job that pays well enough for me to pay off any student loans I may accumulate in finishing my my degree in a reasonable amount of time.

5 College Junior

Majors: ODOT Internship – My internship at ODOT has been a positive experience. They treat their interns well and it is much better than my other job. It also is a wonderful experience and real world application of a Civil Engineering degree.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I Prefer South Campus – new doors are being completed for 2013 and they are also air conditioned

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Pretty Hidden, Very Basic – Ohio State is a campus fueled by alcohol. I would say at least 75% of students drink or have drank here before, and it is the main focus when students go out at night. Marijuana is pretty abundant off campus (I definitely live within a few blocks of stoners) and things like Adderall and Ritalin are pretty easily accessible. Other than that, students tend not to touch anything harder than that- that is definitely a burnout thing to do.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Wouldn't Change a Thing – Ohio State is amazing. It is so easy to find your niche here. Columbus is general is great- there is so much to do and see. I made tons of friends and started dating someone who I am still with all within 3 months of being here. Your degree means a lot coming from this school; our alumni network is huge and well-connected. This means you also need to WORK HARD to get your degree. OSU does not mess around when it comes to your grades, they will definitely get on you about it and it could lead to academic dismissal. But enjoy your time here: the years fly by!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Special Is Few and Far Between. Some places are really good to get grab n go, especially if you don't live on campus, like The Union or KSA Cafe. Meal plan is alright, you will almost ALWAYS have swipes left at the end.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Huge Mix of People – OSU has a pretty even guy to girl ratio, and pretty much every single type of person you can imagine. It is not hard to find someone you find attractive here (or many people). Girls don't really care too much about their appearance while on campus - think sweats, no makeup, workout gear - and guys are pretty torn between caring and not caring. But the weekend is a different story; everyone gets dressed up in their best.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I transferred as a sophomore and lived on North Campus for Winter and Spring Quarter. I had two roommates and we shared our own bathroom (which was nice, no floor bathroom like in south campus), a living room area, and a bedroom. I really really disliked one of my roommates (the other was cool), but because I didn't know anyone coming here I was kind of just shuttled in with them. But North Campus has absolutely NO social life. You need to go to the bars or South Campus to experience that.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Just as Easy to Walk – OSU is a big campus at first, but as you narrow down your classes and especially when you get down to your major classes, getting to class isn't bad. I can get across campus walking in about 15 minutes, from Fischer to the Union. Transportation is great for getting home if you live off campus, but not necessary.

5 College Junior

Majors: You can find an internship for everything. The college website gives a whole list of places looking for interns for you to choose from.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Bad Area – I personally have not lived near campus but my friends have and its not very safe. Peoples apartments are always broken into and housing is getting vandalized frequently. My friend watched his living room door knob get turned from the outside by someone checking to rob him.

2 College Junior

Parking: Takes a While – You have to plan ahead to find a good parking spot. Parking costs are rising next semester and your competing with 65,000 students for close parking.

5 College Junior

Weather: The weather isn't that bad at all. Every now and again you get rain or snow but for the most part it isn't a problem.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are a large part of campus life whether on main campus of a branch. Our facilities and couches are some of the best in the country.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining Grade – I think there are many different places to choose from so no matter what mood you are in, you can find something you want.

4 College Junior

Majors: Promising Future in Nutrtion and Community Health – My program is Nutrition and Community Health. I have no regrets about choosing this path. With a major involved in health care there are plenty of job opportunites. I really like studying it, and it fits in with my career goal of working in the medical field without medical school, and I can work with kids. My only complaint is that the academic advisor rarely have open appointments, and are not all that helpful with scheduling or getting back to you on questions involving scheduling and classes that you need to take.

3 College Junior

Weather: All Four Seasons. (Sometimes in One Day) – It's Ohio so the weather can be completely unpredicticable. It can go from 70 and sunny to freezing in the 30s all in one day. You get to experience all four seasons which can be both a blessing and a curse. Fall is usually beautiful. Winter is cold. Classes never get cancelled. And it doesn't really snow more than an inch or two, but it ices and can get really slippery. But once spring warms up campus is really pretty. All through spring and summer though everyone goes to the Oval and turns it into our verison of the beach with frisbee, football, cornhole, and just hanging out with friends.

4 College Junior

Transportation: You Don't Really Need a Car. Transportaion around Columbus is pretty simple. There is a campus bus service, and a pass to ride the Columbus Bus is included in tuition so it is free with a Buck ID. But even with the buses everything is within walking distance. Late at night there is also a student safety service that you can call and they will come pick you up and drive you home. The only real need for a car is when you move off campus and need to do things like grocery shopping. But as long as one roommate has one, you can all go together and you really don't need a car.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
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There is a reason the Buckeye Nation is considered to be so devoted; an overwhelming love for OSU is evident in student responses, and in the loyalty of alumni to their alma mater. Each person has his or her own reasons for loving the University, and there are quite a few of them. Some students feel that the academics are top-notch and have found exactly the programs they wanted; others lean toward the athletic success of the Buckeye teams, while some just feel that the friendships and bonds they have made are enough to make their tenure at OSU worthwhile. At any rate, everyone can agree that being a Buckeye creates a special bond between you and nearly 50,000 other students, which you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

Once you get past the sheer size of the University, it will really become a second home. After only a quarter of classes, you won't be able to cross the Oval without seeing someone you know. Ohio State is truly the smallest large university you will find. The people are known for their friendly attitudes, and alumni are scattered across the nation. If you choose to go to OSU, you're choosing a school with a name that's well known, both in the workplace and in the college community. Few students ever regret their time at Ohio State, and most consider their college experience to be among the best offered in the Big Ten and the country.

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