ACEL Upperclassmen Q&A

Some of our first year students had a few questions. We asked two upperclassman – Sydney Snider, a senior studying agricultural communication, and Brittany Weller, a junior studying agriscience education – these questions and below are their responses!

What would be your best first year student advice?

Sydney Snider: Everyone says it, but get involved! Find some things that interest you and get engaged with them right away. Also, don’t be afraid to make friends inside of class. Having friends to study with and talk through class concepts with is really nice!

Brittany Weller: Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone and get involved! Find your fit and fuel your passions. You get the opportunity to meet great people and make great memories. It makes Columbus and Ohio State seem a lot less “scary”.

What is your favorite place to eat on or close to campus?

Snider: There are lots of places not far from campus that are great. If you like sushi, I’d suggest checking out Fusion. I’d also suggest checking our Bibibop. Both are on High Street. The Short North has some great places to eat and isn’t too far from campus. It’s a great place to take your parents when they visit or if you’re looking for something a little less casual. Columbus is a foodie city – take advantage of that and explore!

Weller: The options in Columbus are endless. High Street has a lot of great options that can never go wrong. If you go downtown you can find some unique places like Schmidt’s and The Thurman Cafe. I enjoy Piada, Roosters, and of course, Canes

What is the most popular organization in ACEL?

Snider: I don’t know if there is a “most popular” organization in ACEL, but both Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Ag Ed Society are great organizations to get involved with. It doesn’t matter your major, if you care about agriculture and either communicating that message or educating others, than either organization is great to join! I would highly recommend attending the first few meetings of both to see if it would be a good fit for you.

Weller: Agricultural Education Society and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow are the two most “popular” organizations in the ACEL Department. These two organizations are awesome ones to get involved in! You don’t have to be an ACEL student, as long as you have an interest in educating and communicating about agriculture, these two organizations would love to have you! You may find your fit in one of these clubs.

What is a good way to stay on top of school work?

Snider: Prioritize and keep a calendar that lists due dates! Don’t procrastinate. If you want to turn in good, quality work then start on projects with plenty of time to review and ask professors or teaching assistants for help before it is due. Dedicate a couple hours each week to working on assignments and studying for exams. Again – don’t procrastinate!

Weller: Planning and organization are key! Buy yourself a nice planner, and organize your days and assignments. Plan ahead, because the days go by so quickly. Exams come a lot quicker than what you think. Try to stay up to date with assignments and don’t wait until the last minute, you’ll thank yourself later.

What is a good place to hang out between classes?

Snider: When it’s nice outside, I enjoy sitting in Chadwick Arboretum to work on assignments, eat lunch or just hang out for a bit before class. When Ohio winter’s hit, I usually hang out in Ag. Admin because I always see people I know and can find good spots to get work done!

Weller: I can always be found in Ag Admin. For me, Ag Admin is a comfy place where you can hang out, you can study, or get food. It’s also a place where everyone goes, so you can find someone to know. I also enjoy going over to Parker Food Science and Technology building- they have ice cream, which is great on warm days!

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