Let me paint an image for you: it’s early October. The leaves have begun to change up and down High Street and fall to the ground. Football season is well underway; there’s an undeniable buzz that never fails to surround the entirety of campus during football season. Maybe you’re a freshman, fresh-faced and excited to begin this new chapter of your life. Or, maybe you’re a sophomore or a junior, feeling confident and at home on a campus that until recently felt so large and unfamiliar. Or, perhaps you are a senior experiencing your final autumn semester on campus.
How long did it take you to fall in love with Ohio State? If you were lucky it may have been the first time you came to campus for a campus tour. Was it the first time you sang Carmen Ohio along with 100,000 people in Ohio Stadium? Or, maybe it was later that semester at your first Light Up The Lake event. Perhaps it wasn’t until your sophomore or even your junior year that you felt a connection so undeniable that it hurt you to think about leaving this place.
Maybe the moment you fell in love was one night when you were up late with your roommates ordering too much food and binge watching your favorite Netflix series. Or, maybe it was standing in line with your best friends at 2am in Canes, only to question that decision the next morning. Was it that one Toosday night?
August 22, 2012 – May 8, 2016
At some point in the last 1,328 days I fell in love with this place. The love I hold for this place is what causes me to hurt when I think about leaving. I’m safe and whole here in these memories I have created. I share them with my friends. They are the people who will always understand what these four years have meant to me.
You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. You’ll not only miss the people you love, but you’ll miss the person you are now at this exact time and this exact place because you’ll never be this way ever again.
Ohio State is something that will forever be a part of me. It will also always be a part of you. You may leave this amazing campus and this amazing city, but when you do return, it will always feel like you’re coming home. In 28 days I will walk across Ohio Stadium and successfully finish my greatest achievement so far in my 22 years.
I hope that whenever it’s time for you to leave, you remember the moments that made you fall in love with this place. I know I will. Toos on Tuesday. Running home to my sorority house on Bid Day. $1.50 double wells at Out R Inn. Singing Carmen in The Shoe. Witnessing the Buckeyes win the National Championship. Late nights in the Union planning incredible events for the student body. And, of course, hungover Sundays with my roommates watching too much HGTV.
28 days to go.