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I'm a senior Management major/Public Relations minor from Cincinnati about to graduate in May from Ohio Northern University!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My College Career is Almost Over?!

I’ve been thinking lately about how fast my college career is going. Everyone always talks about how fast it goes, but I never truly knew what they were talking about until I experienced it myself. It seems like yesterday I was making the life-changing decision about where to go for college, and yet it was about four years ago. I must have applied to 20 different colleges, all of different sizes and locations. I never heard of ONU until I found it on I liked the size, I liked that it was only 2.5 hours away from my home and that it offered DIII athletics. So I thought, why not visit this school and check out what it has to offer. I can remember very vividly the first time I stepped foot on ONU’s campus. I went to the admissions office, got a tour of the beautiful campus (I loved the trees and ponds!), met with Dean Fenton and Coach Witte, then I got to stay the evening with some girls on the volleyball team. I had a blast! I truly felt like I belonged here, which is apparently when you know what college to pick.

Throughout my (almost) four years here and with my last quarter left, I think I made the best decision possible for me. I don’t regret not going to a big school, like OU or UC with all my friends from home. Being from Cincinnati, my mother was always worried I wouldn’t enjoy the small town atmosphere. Cynthia was wrong. I love the fact that I can walk to class and see at least five people I know. I love the fact that all my professors know me individually and the bar owner in town knows my name. I love the fact I don’t have to pay for a taxi when I want to go out, as everything I need is in walking distance. I met the most amazing people and friends, had good experiences with the volleyball team and accomplished some things I never would have at a big school. I don’t have any major complaints about ONU. Only minor complaints, such as the fact the Freshman dorms are way too small (I don’t know how I survived there for a school year), security gives out too many parking tickets and the weather here really sucks sometimes.

Looking back four years ago, I have to admit that I must have been very smart to choose ONU as the college to continue my education and start the next chapter of my life. I can’t believe this chapter is almost over. These last 10 weeks in Ada, I am definitely going to make the best of it! Who’s with me?


  1. Abby, I loved this post because it seems like all of my friends have continuous complaints about every little aspect of ONU life that clog my Facebook feed. It's refreshing to see that even at the end of your senior year, you're still content with your college choice. Though I still have one more year here, I feel the same way. I couldn't image my life at a larger school because I love the close-knit community of ONU and the leadership opportunities it has given me. I feel like some students who have excelled here wouldn't necessarily have been able to do the same things at larger universities, where they may be lost in the crowd. Good luck with your final quater!

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  3. Abby, I am with you, and looking forward to making the most of my last quarter! Ohio Northern was the perfect choice. College would not have been the same at a bigger school. Next year will be strange without classes to attend and so many familiar faces.

    I like your freshmen dorm comment. How did we make it? Looking back it seems impossible. Although, strangely enough, I miss the halls of founders. All my friends were just a few steps away :)

  4. Abby, I am so with you!I feel like the older I get, the faster time flies. I also applied to 20 some different colleges and I could not be happier with my selection. Most of the students from my high school went to the two big state universities in Indiana; and most of them are still mainly friends with only people they knew from high school. I am so happy that I branched out to ONU and got a chance to have a unique college experience.
    I feel that ONU provides students with a great place to learn, make life long friends, grow as a person, and have fun!

  5. I'm gonna have to keep the trend of agreeing with you Abby. The first time i heard about ONU, was because I was recruited for football. I vividly remember going into my parents room where my mom gave me the recruiting letter, and I said, "no way am I going to some tiny D3 school!" I'm so glad that she forced me to come on a visit here. Once I made that visit, I had basically made up my decision. It was here or Marshall. And, sad but true, the only reason I came here was to play football.... and I ended up quitting football sophomore year haha.

    But, I couldn't be more happy with my decision. All the opportunities I've had here, I would not have had at Marshall. So glad that I made the right choice.

    PS. We need to have more volleyball parties, because I feel like we aren't as close as we used to be. Gotta live up these last 9 weeks!