Community service is an integral part of the MAcc program – you can get in with VITA, preparing tax returns. FisherCares offers a multitude of opportunities to fundraise and give back. And trust me, these are just the first two of many that pop into my head.
There’s a relatively new way to give back at Ohio State though, and its the way that I’ve chosen to devote my time and resources – Pelotonia. Pelotonia is a bike ride (not a race!) that raises money for cancer research here at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center. 100% of every dollar raised comes back to the James, which is an incredible feat. Pelotonia is giving patients all around the world new hope in their fight against cancer. Further, the ride is fully supported…this means its an all you can eat, all you can drink, “we’ll fix your bike if you have an issue” kind of ride. Pretty sweet, huh?
At Ohio State, we have Team Buckeye, and specifically the Team Buckeye Student Riders (of which there is a specific Fisher team). This team offers students a multitude of benefits, such as a reduced registration fee and lower fundraising minimums. Its a great way to join a group of students who all have one goal.
This year (Pelotonia 2012) will be my fourth year riding in the event. Over the years, I’ve seen riders of all skill levels – from those with training wheels to those that live and breathe in spandex. There’s definitely room for you to ride, and its a great way to connect with the Fisher community while giving back in a meaningful way.
For more information, also check out the Team Buckeye website (and specifically the student team). There’s certainly a way for you to get involved if and when you choose to join the Ohio State community, whether you volunteer, donate, or ride 25/50/75/100/150/180 miles in the fully supported ride itself.
As I packed my truck prior to leaving for Columbus, I faced the harsh reality that I would not be able to bring everything. After fitting in a bed, dresser, furniture, and clothes, I had to decide which items would get to spend the year in Ohio and which items would stay in Kansas.
Included in the junk that did not make the cut was my road bike. Over the past few years, I have developed a very amateur passion for cycling. One day, while watching the Tour de France on TV, I decided to order a road bike online. It opened up a whole new world, where I could ride far enough to explore new places but slow enough to take in all of the scenery. As an added bonus, cycling offers a great endurance workout.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Columbus cycling community. There are a series of paved bike paths that wind through nearly every part of town. The streets are also very bike friendly, and drivers seem to be cautious around cyclists. Even at football games, there is a free bicycle valet called Pedal Instead that allows Buckeye fans to bike to the stadium. Three weeks into the quarter, I realized that I needed to invest in a new bike.
From a buyer’s perspective, the great thing about a bike-friendly town is that there are numerous new and used bicycle shops. There are at least seven stores on High Street alone. I spent one Saturday morning visiting many of these stores, and I found almost every store to have great service and a high level of expertise. I ended up returning to a store called Handy Bikes, where I found a hybrid bike for $160 (I later discovered the same model used bike was selling online for around $300). The advantage of the hybrid is that it offers the strong frame needed to bike on city streets, but it is light enough to take for a long road ride.
Although Columbus has one of the best systems of bike paths in the region, it is only going to get better. There is a project right now, called the Ohio to Erie Trail, that aims allow cyclists to ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland (through Columbus). When this project is complete, we will have a “Tour” of our own right here in Ohio.