Goliath, Bugs, & “That Way”

I have  been living in Columbus, Ohio for 1 month now, and I have learned a few new things along the way…

1-    It is loud in Ohio. I don’t mean there are a lot of cars, people, or airplanes making noise. I mean nature is loud. The trees buzz out here; the night is loud because of crickets and sometimes thunder. The first time I walked by a tree and it sounded like construction was happening on it, I was truly freaked out, which brings me to my second point.

2-    BUGS.  There are a lot! There are loud bugs like the Cicada (tree buzzing). I never realized that high elevation and low humidity also equated to lower amounts of insects, but it does. We deal with bugs in the Rockies, but not like this. When I tell people that I was never concerned about Fleas before moving here they look at me like I am crazy. I have been told that there are more bugs this year because of the mild winter, so maybe this will change a little. Not complaining just saying there are infinite amounts of bugs here.

3-    I am constantly swimming. No, I am not literally in a bathing suit everyday. What I mean is that my lungs are heavy out here- you know how you feel while you are in a pool. My husband who is from the Midwest says he can finally breathe, but I feel like I am breathing in water.

4-    That Way” is all I know.

 In Utah the mountains are to the East. Now, if you are not from Utah, and are visiting you might say, “The Mountains are every way.”  They are not though…. They ARE to the EAST, because of this I have always known which direction and what way I am heading in and what way I need to go.  Cardinal directions are really important, and will allow you to navigate through Utah much easier. That is not necessarily the case here. All I need to know is what way I need to go. I still have no idea whether I live on the north, south, or whatever end of the City, but I have been able to navigate around just knowing that I need to go “that way.”

5-    Cheering for Goliath is getting easier. I went to a mid-major school, and loved the athletics of my school and involved myself in them as much as I could. I HATED the big schools because of this. I would always cheer for the mid-major school over the others. Now, I find myself donning Scarlet and Gray and wanting us to smash those small schools. Do I still cheer for upsets outside of Ohio State? Yes. Will I be cheering for Utah State over Wisconsin? YES! Do I love the hugeness that is The Ohio State’s Athletic Program? With all my heart. I mean how could you not cheer for this… 

6-    I LOVE IT. Despite the noise, bugs, humidity, lack of direction, and newness of the Culture, I have truly felt at home since the move. I figured I would have a lot of homesickness for the mountains, my family, and my friends, but there is something about Columbus and the Fisher/Buckeye family that is so welcoming. I am not saying that I haven’t missed my family (If you are reading family, I have missed you very much), nor that at points things haven’t shocked me, but I do still know that I made the right choice in choosing to attend OSU- Fisher CoB, and I am having a blast discovering the differences between the Rockies and the Midwest.

Why Ohio State?

Ohio State University /Fisher College of Business was my last choice. I was applying to four different universities, and Ohio State was one of them because it is a top MLHR/MHRM program, I wanted an HR program that was part of the chosen university’s college of business, and I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket by only applying to one school.

I was planning on going to the wonderful university where I completed my undergrad, Utah State. I had loved my time there. They have a great HR program and my husband and I currently were employed and living in Logan, UT. How convenient!

Dan and I
Dan and me


I began the application process for the four schools, and within a week I had received a call from Ohio State just letting me know they were there if I had any questions, or needed anything. I was impressed, but still sticking to my original plan. With every piece of the application that was sent in there was another call or email from OSU. Not one of the other schools had reached out to me, and in these few months of communication with Ohio State they had somehow made their way from last choice to a top contender. What they were showing me was that even though it is a HUGE school, I was still important to them. I knew that I would be getting the individual attention and help that I wanted out of my graduate program.

My puppy
This is Chaz Lopez-Hilker. Dan, this little cutie, and I make up"Our Family."


By the time I received my acceptance to OSU I wanted to go there, but moving across country didn’t seem to fit what our family needed. I reached out to Ohio State about this, and I cannot put into words how helpful they were in making it possible. I was able to get a position at the University that would make it the convenient and right choice for my family. I love Ohio State, and am so happy to be here, and know that while I am one of tens of thousands of students that I am important to the program and the University.


Brutus Buckeye
Brutus and me