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It’s Homecoming week here at OU, and I think this time of year tends to make everyone feel a little more nostalgic and reflective. 

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Hannah Moskowitz

For me, it makes me think of my own time at OU thus far, and how I will eventually fall into the category of alumni who will come to visit at these events. 

It’s strange to think about my senior year of high school, when I was selecting colleges to apply to and filling out applications. It feels so long ago, but also like it just happened.

I knew I wanted to apply to OU from the beginning. My junior year of high school, I joined our school’s newspaper. For the summer prior to my junior year, as a newspaper staff, we all attended OU’s high school journalism workshop. OU also had a connection with my high school, where alumni who were currently in Scripps at OU would come to visit and share their experiences. 

Given these connections I had with the university, and the positive memories I had associated with it during my two-night stay for the camp, I knew it was a place I would want to apply. 

And, as the application process continued, I felt something different about my application to OU than any others. It was the one I got the most excited about when the acceptance letter came in the mail. 

I knew, deep down, that among all the other candidates, this is the school I wanted to go to the most. 

Being a journalism student, OU is an exceptional choice. Their journalism programs are greatly recognized and uphold the admiration. I knew this was going to be the best school for my chosen field. 

But, despite the academic purposes, this campus just feels right. Athens has such a beautiful, homey feel about it. The college-town atmosphere allows for OU to be such a unique school to go to, with the lovely small businesses and quaint setting.

While starting college freshman year was certainly rough for me, I slowly began to construct this place into a home for myself. I fell in love with the bricks, the gorgeous surrounding nature, and the people here. 

And now, as a junior, I can truly and honestly say that I am so glad that I go here. While I came here for the journalism school, I’ve stayed because of the memories and the friends that I have made. 

I’m very grateful for my time at OU so far, and I am excited for the rest of my time here as well. Hopefully, years down the line, I’ll come back for Homecoming week and still feel that same excitement and contentment that I feel now.

Lauren Serge

Ohio U '23

Lauren Serge is currently a junior at Ohio University, majoring in Journalism: Strategic Communication and specializing in Marketing and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the current President and Co-Campus Correspondent for the Her Campus OU chapter. She enjoys writing, biking, spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, as well as catching up on her many favorite tv shows.
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