You didn’t think that I would skip over a chance to write about Buckeye football did you?!
Everything you’ve heard about the boys in scarlet & grey, the ‘Shoe, tailgating and Buckeye Nation is true. It’s big, it’s loud…and there is nothing better then looking around at thousands of other fans and knowing you are part of it all.
This weekend was the first OSU football game and it felt so great to take a few hours away from stressing about homework and school. The Fisher Social Chairs threw a tailgate at Fisher Commons and the dreary skies couldn’t stop us from enjoying the pregame excitement. It was Urban Meyer’s first game as a buckeye, and I think we can all agree that the 56-10 victory over the Miami RedHawks put Columbus in a cheerful mood.
When you become a buckeye, you become part of a family. Yup, I just typed that (very) cheesy line. But how can you cheer with thousands of other fans and sing Carmen Ohio without knowing that you are part of something more?
Students, professors, faculty and the entire city of Columbus come together for football games, and it’s pretty easy to see that same family-bond in the classroom. I was talking to my Ethics Professor this morning about the game, and within minutes he is telling me about his own family tailgate and his opinion of the new coaching staff. My core team was still talking about Devin Smith’s catch and deciding what food to bring for NEXT Saturday’s tailgate.
I cannot wait for next weekend’s game and to see even more of Coach Meyer and the Buckeyes, but I also can’t wait to watch the game with my new-found friends. The nervousness of my program is starting to fade (quickly replaced by nervousness of approaching midterms), and I feel that I am finding my footing at Fisher…including some amazing friendships that I know will continue throughout the years.
And, could you believe that it all started with a football game?
This is what you call intense. I can take the millions of jerseys, the Buckeye necklaces, the Brutus pillow pets, but this slotted spoon is pretty insane. However, it describes how the Columbus community feels about the Buckeyes. It depicts exactly how proud they are of the university. It’s in their blood (and their cooking LOL).
There have been certain incidents with my golf team at Cincinnati when we were mistaken for Buckeyes. (We wore red and black uniforms, sometimes just red, so I understand the confusion). Once they find out we’re from Ohio, they would automatically assume we were from Ohio State and shout “Go Buckeyes!” Back then, it really used to annoy me. But now, I see why. I see the pride that comes with wearing scarlet and gray. I see the unity between all the Buckeyes. They stick together, be it at football games, being a chorus as they cheer for the Buckeyes, or giving fellow Buckeyes advice and helping them find opportunities for career advancement that was most evident in my first couple of weeks at Fisher.
At the Fisher International Orientation, we had two alumni panels who came back to speak to the incoming class, some of them flying back from cities like New York. At the MAcc orientation, we again had a couple of alumni panels who took time out of their busy schedules to come back and talk to us about their experiences in the program, career search, and also with their current employers. They come for events like the MAcc Mix N’ Mingle at the Shoe, to talk to the current students, get to know them, and connect them to the right people. They gladly answer emails about your questions about the MAcc program or their work experiences. We also have the “Ask an Alum” program where over 1000 OSU alumni had volunteered to mentor current students with career search and “getting a foot in the door” of their respective companies. The Buckeye network is so huge, you can probably find one in even the most remote city possible. And more likely than not, they would be more than willing to lend a hand and help a fellow Buckeye, too. They really give back to the school that gave them so much.
The words “Pay it forward” ring true in the hearts of each and every Buckeye. As we begin our journey as Buckeyes, we must remember the support we received from the alums as we go through the year’s challenges. And once we leave the gates of Ohio State and go forward in our careers, I know we will continue the tradition and share the support we received to the future MAcc classes as well.