Julie Meyer – Major: Health Sciences
Rachel Sutton – Major: Early Childhood Education
Five Questions: What kind of study habits have you developed? Did they work successfully in the fall?
How have you gotten involved on campus?
Have you enjoyed the ACES living-learning community in Smith-Steeb? Why or why not?
Have your career plans changed since your first semester? Why or why not?
What has surprised you about Ohio State since arriving on campus?
I was so excited to get to talk to Rachel and Julie now that they have been at OSU for a full semester! They both were much more relaxed than the first interview we did, as they have adjusted to college life. They have learned that studying in college is much different than studying in high school. Until now, neither of them ever had to spend too much time studying, but in college, they have found themselves spending the majority of their time doing homework and preparing for midterms. As the library is a good walk from Smith Steeb, Julie said she likes to study on her floor, but she will also go to SEL since they are open late. They realized after last semester that they should study more than they do, and they have both made that their goal for this semester. To spend a large majority of their time studying so that they can end the year with the GPA that they want. They both have gotten involved in different organizations, such as pre-med club, but they said it has been hard as a freshman to balance homework, involvement, and their social lives. Rachel talked about how it has been hard to get involved since there are so many different clubs and organizations to choose from. They both want to become more involved next year as they will know more about themselves and OSU as a whole. They both have loved living with all of the other ACES this year. Their floor has become so close, and they are going to be living on the 7th floor of Smith Steeb next year with each other. They both seemed very grateful for the friends that ACES has given them, and they were glad that they could meet such awesome people. They both have stuck with their majors and career plans throughout this year, and they are interested in becoming more involved in their colleges with major specific clubs, such as pre-med club, volunteering at the hospital, and becoming involved in research. What has surprised them both about Ohio State is that it is not as big as it originally feels. During the first semester interview, they both talked about how big the school felt, but that they could tell it was already starting to feel smaller. They talked now about how they have found their group of friends, and OSU feels like home. They did say that they never realized how much walking they would do in college, considering you walk everywhere, and they don’t have cars on campus. Between public transportation and walking to class, they have found different ways of getting around Columbus. Both Julie and Rachel were excited for Spring Break and the end of the year, however, the fact that their freshman year is almost over is crazy to them. They can’t wait to see what next year brings them, however, they realized they will be sad to spend the summer away from their friends and OSU, as they now call this home.