Welcome to Ohio State University. We know you might have a lot of question to ask us
We had compiled a list of Q&As to answer some of questions you have.
To all incoming students:
Here’s a list of things to things to guide you with and for you to brace yourselves with, prior to coming to OSU :
- OSU is a big campus
– Expect to be going around on foot A LOT. But, be thankful Ohio is flat and the campus has no hills to climb. Learn campus bus (called “CABS”) and public bus (“called COTA”) routes and use them to get around without a car. Note: CABS buses will stop at every single bus stop. You do NOT have to pull the cord to notify the driver to stop for CABS buses! (Doing so will cause silent laughter and snickering from the other ‘seasoned’ bus riders.) COTA buses on the other hand, will require your notifying the bus driver for your upcoming stop. Just pull on the yellow cord when you want to get off! Both CABS and COTA will stop at every stop and will only pick up and drop people off at designated stops – so don’t expect to wave them down in the middle of the road and have them stop to pick you up!
- Ohio’s mad weather
– You WILL be checking the weather reports and daily temperatures almost daily. Get a smartphone or rely on weatherchannel.com for hourly updates! Here’s an overview of the weather
Note:Umbrellas are for rain days only. Unlike us Malaysians, Americans think using an umbrella to block the sunlight is silly. Use at your own risk.
- Football Sunday
– Fall Semester is football season. Campus will be swarmed with Ohio State spirit and blocked roads on the Saturdays that games are going on in OSU. [see football schedule] Very happening day of the week though! Attend “tailgates” if you can! (Google kalau tak tau apa tu for now).
– We’ve a great recreational facility. Bring things like swimming wear from Malaysia if you like to swim or play a certain sport!(See list of sports)
- Compass directions
– Know where North, South, East, West is, relative to the OSU campus. People refer to places with those directions. e.g. “Ohio Stadium is located at North Campus.”; “The Ohio Union is at South Campus.”; “Go towards North campus on High Street and you’ll see Buckeye Donuts on your right”; “This entrance is closed. Please enter the building via the east entrance”
- Groceries/General shopping for Everyday life
– Supermarkets like Kroger and Giant Eagle are some of the ones close to campus. Further away, would be Walmart. You don’t want to shop for groceries at places like CVS, which would be like shopping in 7-11 for groceries. There are Asian markets around too to get your Instant Ipoh OldTown Coffee â€“ YaoLee, Crestview are near to campus. If you have a car, CAM (Columbus Asian Market) would be the bigger one to go to. If you’re not looking for groceries, places like Target and Big Lots are good to shop for everyday items. Looking for organic, local Ohio food products? Whole Foods is the place to go. The place is like Cold Storage – can be pricey but has quality goods.
- Buildings/locations to know
– There are some important ‘landmark’ buildings/places on campus that people expect you to know where there are. Just cuz there are so many classroom buildings on campus, the few main buildings are good to know. So, when you’re in campus and you pass by or go into these buildings, try your best to remember where they are located and how to get to them:
- OSU got Malaysian restaurant ah?
– Uhm. Sorry lah. Campus area tak de Malaysian restaurant. (Yes, I can hear your moan right about…now.) Anyone care to open one?
[Update!!] We have a Malaysian/Singaporean restaurant nearby! It’s called Merlion. Located on North High Street. It’s not exactly near campus, but with a car, or lots of patience if you’re willing to take the #2 bus, you can reach the place. Here’s their website:http://merlionnoodleandrice.com/
- OSU Traditions & School Spirit – OSU is HUGEEEEE on its school-loving spirit. You can say everyone is proud to be a Buckeye or Ohio State affiliated. Don’t back down on opportunities to appreciate the fun that comes with supporting/loving your school. Learn Carmen Ohio (the school’s song), and shout “I-O” everytime you hear some one shout “O-H”; get OSU merchandise if you want; JUMP MIRROR LAKE prior to the M!ch!g@n game!
- Money Matters – Cash? What on earth is that? It sounds familiar thoughâ€¦ Yeap. It’s all about using the credit/debit card here. Even parking meters accept credit card. Occasionally people would use checks. The most frequent “cash” you’ll be using would be quarters (the 25cent coins) to do your laundry.
- Technology – Some things you need to know:
- The BuckID
– “BuckID” (get it? Buckeye-D? Heh.) refers to your student ID card. The BuckID is what you’ll be using to do things like…swipe into buildings; confirm your identity on campus e.g. in exams or by your College department; to borrow books in the library; to get “FREE” (paid for in fees) + UNLIMITED rides on the COTA buses (the public bus that serves the Columbus area); get occasional student discounts; deduct money for printing in the libraries/certain computer labs. Also, it acts as a Debit card in itself that can be used all around campus and even all the shops right next to campus, on High Street. Remember to look/smile nicely when you’re taking your BuckID photo for the first time or you’ll regret it later on. https://buckid.osu.edu/about.asp
- OVAL BEACH! [Spring Semester..and whenever the weather is warm outside]
– Yes, the big padang in OSU turns, literally, into a beach without the sand and sea, when the weather gets warm, nice and sunny! Students sun bathe, bring their dogs out, throw frisbees or footballs, or simply, lie on a beach towel on the grass and take an afternoon nap in between classes and after classes! One OSU “tradition” that isn’t exactly officially recorded but a great one nonetheless!
- Welcome Week events you should not miss! [Autumn Semester only]
The first week of Autumn Quarter, even before classes begin on Wednesday is Welcome Week, welcoming new students and welcoming back students from summer break. So.. Free stuff and free food awaits you. (Seehttp://welcomeweek.osu.edu/)
Must attend these: