This week I’ll let my lovely wife, Tiffany, share her experience at the zoo with everyone.
Tiffany: The Columbus Zoo is a fun place for the whole family to spend a half day. The zoo is clean and we like how the zoo is designed so we won’t miss any attractions.
The Halloween decorations are all over the zoo. You can see pumpkins everywhere. The zoo is a good place for picnic and there are also many outdoor eating areas. We arrived at the zoo at noon and noticed that not all the food court and food stands are open. I guess it’s because it’s a weekday.
My three favorite places in the zoo are the aquarium, the kangaroos, and the baby elephant areas. At the Aquarium, there is a huge fish tank with hundreds of colored fish. It’s easy to stay there for an hour watching beautiful fish and tank decorations, and watch every kid hunting for Dory (one of nemo’s good friends). We like the kangaroo area because we get the chance to be in close contacts with these wild animals. For example, the fences are so low that the kangaroos can jump over easily.
Instead of buying general admission for $12 ($11 on the website), you can buy tickets from the Ohio Union located in the Ohio Stadium for $5. Parking is an extra $5 and you can pay for parking on the Columbus zoo website to save time at the tollbooth.
If you want to beat the crowd, go during the weekdays. However, some attractions are weekends only such as pony ride (for children), boat ride, and the penguin area. So you may want to check the zoo website to see the show schedule and what attractions are open on the weekends.
Take advantage of the nice weather while you still can. Our next stop is probably the German Village or the Amish Towns. See ya~
Yesterday I went for a jog at the Fred Beekman Park for a little over 4 miles (well, I ran 2 and walked 2). That was my first real exercise in almost 3 months! The day was perfect although the temperature was a little chilly. Nevertheless, my body was tired after the run because how out-of-shape I’ve been since moving to Columbus, but my mind was refreshed and I was ready to study for 824 and put together my 804 report!
As Manru said in her previous post, life has been extremely busy (and crazy) since week 2 of school. I am willing to bet that this is the case for everyone in the Fisher graduate programs, because we’re just that good. LOL! So on top of Manru’s time management tips, I’d like to add one personal touch and that is, give yourself a minimum of an hour or two a week and get away from the books and reports. Because as you approach that threshold where you start losing focus and motivation, if you’re like me then you’ll find yourself surfing on facebook or slickdeals or simply idling when you could be recharging yourself outside!
Here are some of my suggestions for a temporary escape from school work:
- Exercise – Fred Beekman Park, RPAC, ARC, or the gym downstairs at your apartment complex
- Columbus Zoo – you can get cheap tickets at the student union
- Visit German Village, Amish Country, etc
- Sleep – this one is particularly precious these days… when all else fail to interest you, take a huge nap!
- Last but not least, come read our blogs and see what suggestions or stories we have for you. heheh okay just kidding…
Relax! Chances are you’ll be in a group with 3-5 people so I’m sure you can lean on your team for a couple hours. However, I will not be held liable if your group decides to take a field trip to the zoo and somehow miss your project/report deadline… XD
As I logged in this morning to provide my weekly dose of “Fisher Life”, I started reading some of the other blogs. It’s really cool to see the perspective of other students who have never been at OSU until this year. I, however, have been on the OSU campus my entire life, I’ve worked here since I was in eighth grade (woot woot, summer job!) and I’ve been going to football games since I was 8. My mom is faculty in the Animal Sciences department and between my parents, my sister and myself, there are currently 7 degrees from The Ohio State University and currently the 8th is in progress. I guess the funny part comes from reading posts and imagining that their thoughts are how I reacted when I first saw OSU and the first time I went to an Ohio State game. I’ve befriended a girl who is each of my classes, Xing Xing, also known as Elle – like the magazine (that’s what she says each time someone asks her name). It’s been a lot of fun talking to her because the things that I pass off as every day common occurrences are things that she otherwise would never have encountered. I suppose even though I’m an old vet at this OSU thing, it’s still fun to get to explain everything and see it all for the first time through another person’s eyes.
I definitely recommend reading the other posts. There are quite a few laughs in there and they’re sure to brighten anyone’s day. Especially the post about Tommy’s Pizza by Shay Merritte.
Amanda’s Tip of the Week:
Take time for yourself. Having class three days a week, each class 4 hours and each having about 100 pages worth of reading each week can be overwhelming. I’m taking a yoga class every Tuesday for two hours and it is one of the most relaxing things I could do. Yesterday in class, our teacher Shannon Titus, had us do her ‘word-call-out’ where we say how we’re feeling. The majority of my classmates, including myself, said either tired or stressed, and I’m the only grad student. It’s only the third week and we’re already feeling this way. So, take some time to yourself. Make sure after you get home and before you start studying or even before you go to bed that you take time to unwind from the day and make time for yourself. Otherwise you’re going to go crazy and stress out even more.