This is the very first time I’ve left my country and to begin an entirely new adventure in a totally different place as a new graduate student in the Fisher MLHR
program. I’ve been here for more than two weeks and I enjoy everything here in Ohio State. Personally, I couldn’t figure out a better way to present my new life in Columbus than using pictures. I’ll show you several photos and tell you my Ohio State “newcomer” story.
If you let me pick a place to be my favourite in Ohio State, I would definitely choose the Oval. Several days ago, I took my first campus walk from Fisher to the Ohio Union on a sunny afternoon and took this photo. When I walked on the Oval, I was immediately attracted to the beautiful green grassland and the pure blue sky. Many new OSU students with red t-shirts played teamwork games on the Oval. Laughter could be heard everywhere. Green, blue and smiling faces, how peaceful is this picture. Suddenly I realized why almost all the people who lived in Columbus or Ohio love OSU THIS much, not only for football, but also for this campus, this amazing campus.
UV The next thing I want to talk about is my new apartment in UV. UV stands for University Village, which is a student community near campus. An interesting fact is that many of the Chinese students in Fisher master programs live in UV. During my first two weeks in UV, I was busy handling my furnitures and appliances. Everytime we saw our American neighbour move those things from home to their apartment with family’s help, we really admire that while what we can only do is to go to Walmart by bus and carry things as much as we can do. Prices of goods are also relatively high here when compared to China, and we still multiply the price by six subconsciously. However, we need to get used to it and make every effort to start a brand new life here. I look at the blue sky in Columbus, and I know everything will be fine in future.
Food Food here is totally different. My host family took me to have some traditional American food and Mexican food. I could still remember my first meal was breakfast at McDonald’s, then lunch at Skyline Chili, and a dinner of homemade hotdogs. Then the second day were Chipotle and BBQ. Almost all of these are meat-and-bread-based, unlike vegetable-based in China. So I’m so amazed at most Americans are still in good shape though foods here are high in calories. If it was me, I may already be thousands of pounds! 🙂 Anyway, I prepare to cook for myself in consideration of both cost and calories. I bought rice and some vegetables at Kroger (local grocery store) and got some Chinese style ingredient in Walmart. This picture is my first Chinese meal I cooked for myself: rice and fried chicken with potatoes. They are really delicious!
IFI Welcom Party America is famous for its culture of party and social gatherings. Fortunately, I have a great chance to be part of it. IFI, International Friendship Inc, is a really nice organization who provided airport pick-up and temporary housing services for us international students. By IFI, I meet John and Cyndi, who picked me up at the airport and let me stay with them before I move in UV. They treated me like family and we shared a really unforgettable happy memory. So, on Saturday we had an Thank-you party in Union. I met John and Cyndi again, together with other 5 international students they were hosting. We danced together and chatted a lot. This party is so enjoyable to me that I may have missed another welcome activity at Fisher! (oops) This is my first American party, with my favourite American people. I’ll never forget it!
After a brief hiatus (aka winter break) we’re back in the swing of things. Classes have started, homework has been assigned, textbooks have been purchased, friends have been greeted, and I’m back to blogging.
Winter Quarter can be a tough quarter at Ohio State, namely due to the cold temperatures to which we are exposed. There are many days in a row where all we have is gray skies. Cold winds hit you as you walk across campus. Sometimes, when Mother Nature is feeling particularly nasty, we even have snow.
That probably makes Winter Quarter sound unbearable and awful, right? Well, luckily for you, I’ve got a few tips on how to make the most out of Winter Quarter! And trust me, after 3 Winter Quarters and 22 years of Ohio winters, I can say from experience that it’s really not as bad as it sounds.
- Load up on tough classes: When its cold, gray, and snowy outside, you’ll want to be inside. Take this opportunity to load up on some of the more difficult classes you’ve got to take! When spring rolls around, you won’t want to be inside studying. So while you’re stuck inside, you might as well clear your schedule for spring and enjoy the sun while you can!
- Schedule Smart: What I mean by this, is try to schedule your classes as close together as you can. This reduces the number of times you’ll have to leave the building, which means you’re only cold twice a day (when you get to the building and when you leave the building). Carefully selecting your classes and planning ahead can make this a certainty!
- Catch up on movies: Again, you likely won’t be outside for the majority of days in winter quarter. Luckily, the Gateway Film Center is conveniently located at 10th and High and has great student ticket deals. You worked hard in the fall, so go enjoy some movies with your friends! What’s even cooler is that the GFC shows more than just mainstream movies, so you’ll definitely find something that suits your fancy.
- Ohio State Basketball: This year, we have an incredible team. However, every year our team is at least pretty good and definitely worth going to watch! Student tickets are very reasonably priced and aren’t too difficult to find. Make sure you get to at least one game – you won’t regret it!
I’ve always felt that Winter Quarter also offers some of the best electives. Make sure you check these out well before scheduling, so you can decide for certain which classes will help you battle the cold winter temperatures!