The Ohio State University at Marion

Homecoming 2018: To be a Buckeye

While the Ohio State experience can be as expansive as the breadth of programs and opportunities the university affords, many Buckeyes past and present share a unique and inherent affinity to Ohio’s flagship university. As part of the 2018 Ohio State Marion Homecoming application process, candidates were asked, “What it means to be a Buckeye.” The court members shared their personal observations of friendship, togetherness, and that special something that brings Buckeyes together statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Being a Buckeye is something to have pride in. You are a part of an amazing community of individuals and educators. Being a Buckeye is being a part of the bigger picture. You are a part of something so much bigger than just your campus. You are a role model, a mentor, a tutor, a friend, and an educator to all the future Buckeyes out there. You are an inspiration to others, and a visual of the level of pride the student body have for their university. Go Bucks! Hailey Batross, Senior, Education major

Being a Buckeye means being part of something bigger than yourself. Buckeye culture and traditions unite us through a shared sense of community and devotion to our alma mater. Being a Buckeye means never being alone, for there is a whole nation behind you. Being a Buckeye is about enveloping each other in love and support, through good times and bad. It’s about paying it forward and helping the next person realize their dreams just as you have realized yours. Buckeyes are a wave of influence that leads to social change and leaves a lasting impact on the world. As for me, being a Buckeye has become an integral part of my identity and has forever changed how I see myself. Being a Buckeye has defined my college experience and the decisions I continue to make. Buckeye spirit will remain part of us forever, no matter where we are or who we become. It reminds us of the best of times and keeps us going strong, no matter the obstacles that lie in our path. Lydia Drake, Junior, Psychology major

To me, being a Buckeye means working together in a collaborative environment to make campus a fun and safe place to learn! It means supporting each other and creating a sense of community that welcomes every single person. It means maintaining the tradition that accompanies being a Buckeye and pursuing an education with pride, holding myself accountable to the highest possible standards, and taking advantages of the opportunities that are offered to me so I can be the best person that I can be. Megan Oder, Senior, Criminology major

To be a Buckeye means that you help family. What I mean by this is, when you become a Buckeye you are apart of a big family and being a part of this family you look out for one another. As a Buckeye you share your experiences, knowledge, and happiness to all other Buckeyes. This information will help guide these Buckeyes. Also, being a Buckeye, it is our duty to strive for excellence and demand that from others as well. Isaac Green, Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering major

Being a Buckeye means using my skills and knowledge to try to help humanity, and to be a good representative of the campus. Nuh Istack, Junior, Biology major

Being a Buckeye is about being part of a community. It’s groups of students working together to achieve their common goals and creating life-long friendships along the way. There are professors who want to challenge you, but also help you succeed in and out of the classroom. They don’t just teach class materials; your professors will become mentors to guide you on your journey towards a career. Being a Buckeye is also about discovering new interests you never thought you would enjoy in a variety of areas. As a Buckeye, you learn how to reinforce your strengths as well as improve on your weaknesses. It can be difficult to make these changes sometimes, but your professors and fellow students will be beside you every step of the way. Matt McPherson, Junior, Biology major