I have included a link to my spring project below, I hope you enjoy!
I have included a link to my spring project below, I hope you enjoy!
For my spring project, I would like to tackle something that will provide both academic enrichment and service engagement. Though I have a few ideas floating around in my head at the moment, the most interesting to me thus far would be to get involved with an organization that works to plant and maintain the greenery around the city of Columbus. Whether this is through the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Buck I SERV, or even on my own, I would like to find a way to learn more about different flower species, how to maintain a garden, and how creating beautiful spaces impacts a community. I believe that doing so will help me begin to develop my ability to use gardening as an art form, while also potentially cleaning up an area of the surrounding community lacking maintained green spaces.
I plan to begin this project after returning from winter break. I would like to take the cold months to do more thorough research about possible volunteering opportunities, common annuals and perennials, and how I can make more of an impact through this hobby. This research would be my first step, and my second step would be sending emails/making phone calls/ taking visits to these organizations to try and get a better feel for what their organization looks like. The final portion of that second step would be making a decision on what organization I plan to dedicate my time to. Since these steps would not take a particularly long time to complete, I do not think that it is unreasonable that they would be done by the end of January (Jan 31st).
I am looking forward to seeing how this project develops!
As a brief reminder, I decided to explore what entertainment looks like in the city of Columbus. My search took me all around the city, from small art galleries tucked in the backstreets of the bustling Short North, to serene parks dotting the outskirts of the city. Along the way, I continued to add to my list of future plans and made some great memories with the people I traveled to these locations with. While all of these experiences are notable, I have decided to condense this list down into my 5 favorite experiences (the first of which was described in the previous post).
#1: Newport Music Hall
As I mentioned before, my first trip was to Newport Music Hall. If you’re looking for more information on this venue, I suggest checking out my previous post:
#2: Eat Purr Love Cat Cafe
Eat Purr Love Cat Cafe was the second place that I visited. My boyfriend and I are both cat lovers, and being away from our furry friends at home has been difficult. After discovering Eat Purr Love online, we decided to give it a visit. A cat cafe is exactly what it sounds like– a cafe, but with cats! Customers pay a ten dollar per hour fee and are also able to purchase some hot drinks and sweet treats to eat while visiting. The cats are all adoptable rescues brought in from the Columbus Humane Society. There are all kinds of cats at Eat Purr Love: young, old, active, lazy, affectionate, curious, skittish, and so on. However, all of them are looking for a good home, and if you fall in love with one of the cats at the cafe, you can adopt them right there! The cafe serves as an alternative adoption center, where you can interact with the cats in a more homey environment before making the decision to bring them home with you. While my boyfriend and I are not looking for another cat, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Eat Purr Love. I suggest any animal lovers check them out if you get the chance!
#3: Drexel and Gateway Theaters (Independent Movie Theaters)
Whenever my friends and I are looking to see a movie, we always check the showings at Gateway and Drexel first. Not only are the atmospheres vibrant and inviting, but often times these two theatres are running special movie events. Whether it be 50’s horror flicks throughout the Halloween season, a 24 hr Groundhog Day event, or (my personal favorite) the comically terrible showing of “The Room” on the second Saturday of every month, these two theatres are always hosting unique and incredibly fun events. Most importantly of all, though, is the fact that these two theatres are huge hubs for indie movie producers. While my friends and I are by no means the biggest film fans around, we always try and support local independent theatres when we can. The wide variety of events and films makes the theatres appealing to people of all ages and backgrounds, and I highly recommend anyone in the Columbus area take a look at what events are coming up each month!
#4: Columbus Sports
O-H! There’s not much more I need to say. Columbus sports are some offer up some of the most action-packed fun in the city, and it’s no secret why. From the scarlet and grey to the Blue Jackets, the Crew, and finally the Clippers, there’s no shortage of games to pick up tickets to. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, there’s nothing quite like spending an evening with a group of friends or family, indulging in some overpriced nachos, kicking back, and just enjoying the game. While I’ve been to many games throughout my lifetime, this fall I got my first chance to visit The ‘Shoe. I had a great time, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Buckeyes beat That Team Up North this weekend!
#5: Short North
Okay, maybe this is cheating a little bit, but it’s nearly impossible to ignore the allure of the Short North. For food, I visited the North Market, Melt Bar and Grilled, Skully’s Music Diner, and Mikey’s Late Night Slice. As for the shops, I poked around Rocket Fizz, Global Gifts, Royal Factory, and Homage to name a few. Each had a unique atmosphere, but one that still melded well with the aura of the area. Whether you’re looking for a fun night on the town, or a relaxed evening with some friends, the Short North can satisfy both!
My favorite experience from this project was definitely going and seeing The Room at Drexel theatre. While I have been to this event before, I have come across no other event that makes me laugh harder. Watching your friends lose their minds while yelling at the screen, throwing spoons across the theatre, and singing along with the entire crowd is an experience I think everyone should have.
What I have learned about Columbus is that there is a place for every type of person in this city. Whether you’re a sports fan, into the music scene, love animals, enjoy indulging in great food with friends, or just love to relax, Columbus has something to offer you. I am looking forward to exploring even more of the city, specifically educational and cultural hubs. The Columbus Art Museum, Franklin Park Conservatory, and COSI are next on my list.
Attached below is a link to our group presentation for the Architecture Scholars FOTOshop project. The objective of this assignment was to imagine new possibilities an abandoned building located in the Columbus area, and to develop a plan for what our vision would look like. Our group picked a building located at 1101 N High Street in the Short North district of Columbus, and envisioned how the space could be transformed into a space that could both provide entertainment, and nourishment to the surrounding community.
Even though I am from central Ohio, I’ve never gotten a great chance to see much of what our capital city has to offer. As such, picking a topic to pursue was both very hard and very easy. However, I managed to narrow it down to one central question: What does entertainment look like in Columbus, Ohio? Being a college student, I plan to gear my site choices toward places that tend to attract customers/patrons/people/etc. that are around my age (16-26). I’m certainly not opposed to going outside of that age range if the opportunity arises, though. I’m most excited about just getting to experience everything each site has to offer. I love going out and finding new fun places, or simply unique places, to spend the day. Completing this project will do more than add to a mental list of “neat” places, though. For one, I am planning to go to most of these places with a group of people, meaning this assignment is allowing me to make lasting memories. It feels less like an assignment, and more like a much-needed push to start getting the most out of the city we live in. Additionally, I believe that this to: do list will help me feel more connected to this city, and perhaps encourage me to seek out more adventure afterward.
I’ve started my journey with a concert at the Newport Concert Hall. My boyfriend and I saw the band Car Seat Headrest–an indie rock outfit based out of Seattle– and we had a great time! While a bit run down on the inside, the close proximity to campus and the consistent line up of big acts makes it a “must see” destination for both casual and hardcore music listeners/concert goers at Ohio State.
This past Saturday, I sat down with one of my mentors, Becca Finkes, for our first meeting. I wasn’t really sure how these meetings were supposed to go, but thankfully she came prepared with a couple of questions that got things rolling. We talked about academics for a while, and some of the concerns I had about my current major, but we eventually strayed toward more of a simple conversation. I learned she had two tattoos, that she was from West Chester, Ohio, and even got to talking about her experiences abroad. I found this information to be far more engaging than the answers to the typical “How have your first few weeks on campus been?” or “What’s your favorite course?” questions. While we did not set up another time to meet, I’m sure I will be hearing from and learning more about my mentor in the weeks to come.
When I arrived on campus for the first time, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the events that were taking place. I am not a very high energy person, so move in, the involvement fair, and convocation all were a bit stressful for me. However, despite my anxieties, I could already tell that Scholars was going to be a good way for me to meet similar people who were going through the same struggles.
As the welcome week activities began to die down, and classes began, I started to feel a bit more at ease about my transition. I went to an early college high school, so the class layout felt very familiar to me. Ironically, my courses this semester are actually shorter than my high school classes. My one surprise was just how much group work is built into my courses.
Prior to move in, I held the same expectations most teenagers have when it comes to college. Movies, books, music, and those who have graduated all tell tales about all-nighters before exams, wild parties, re-inventing yourself with a whole new group of friends, and so on. However (and I know it has only been about 15 days), but that certainly has not been my experience. I still hang out with the same group of friends I had in high school, and I hardly ever go to bed later than 12:3o am. As the semester progresses though, I do see myself making new friends and new memories within my Scholars group. I have come to like many of the people in the group, and I am happy to see their faces in the hall and on my way to class every day.
I remain hopeful about the next four years to come, and all the changes and new experiences it will bring.
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