Happy First Week of Classes! School is Back in Session.
Living in Columbus, Ohio it’s hard not to notice that students moved back to campuses all over city; the energy is undeniable, and so is the traffic. In the midst of moving in, students are learning about how to get to their classes, how to shower in communal bathrooms, and about the amazing city of Columbus, their new home.
To help students learn about Columbus, Ohio State formed a new tradition called The OSU Welcome Event. This was created by the Columbus Partnership to encourage students to act like locals in their new city. If they already hail from C-BUS, they ask the 614 natives to show the ‘local way’ to their first year peers.
The 2014 OSU Welcome Event was an amazing production, showing off all of Columbus’ best assets. Here’s a recap in case you’re not a first year at OSU:
Cheer Local — Professional Sports
First, the city wanted all of these #new2osu students to know that the city goes NUTS for more than just the beloved Buckeyes, but also for our three amazing professional sports teams.
The Crew had everyone on their feet!
The Clippers did a “Bobble Head” Challenge
And the Columbus Blue Jackets showed off their team spirit too!
Work Local — Opportunities In Columbus
The #new2osu President, Dr. Drake, is also learning how to act like a local. He wants students to take advantage of all the opportunities in Columbus, including
internship opportunities! And we couldn’t agree more!
Then our super supportive Mayor came by to say a few encouraging words too! Exclaiming, “Your success is our success!”
Mayor Michael B. Coleman sees Ohio State as a way to train students for their careers and Columbus and a perfect city to call home saying, “Ohio State is where we train you; Columbus is where we retain you!”
Even some accomplished alumni gave a few words of wisdom on the importance of internships and working in Columbus. Les Wexner, CEO of L Brands, told students he worked his way through college to pay for his education. He said that Columbus is where he started and it was where he took his first risk of opening his own clothing store—now look where he is today, a leader in fashion retail with international brand recognition.
Nancy Kramer, another super successful OSU alumna, (she was named in the “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising by Ad Age and has paved the way for digital marketing with her company Resource) told students, “Get different experiences. Get tastes of different things…see what you like or what you don’t like.”
We think that is some pretty good advice
It’s also been said that this class is the most diverse and smartest class yet at Ohio State. We hope they take advantage of all the opportunities and experiences Columbus can give them. This is an impressive class that will be making major impacts on their communities!
Entertain Local — Never be Bored in Columbus
Other highlights included a “Good luck, and Go Bucks” from Governor Kasich, an overview about the happenings in the Short North Arts District, and learning how to ride the COTA.
Eat Local–Best Food and Ice Cream is in C-BUS
The Welcome Event saved some room for dessert too; because you obviously can’t say Columbus without mentioning Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
3 out-of-state students got to experience their first taste of Jeni’s…
And all of its hand-made goodness….. They might have been the luckiest students there.
Good Luck on Your First Semester at Ohio State!