Honesty hour, I never wanted to stay in Ohio, my eyes rested on loftier institutions (NYU). But this is the hand I was dealt and I wouldn't change it for the world.
  1. It forced me to be mature about my education.
    At a large school, it easy to get lost in your classes, with your advisor, etc. It is up to you to make sure you are being paid attention to. Email your professors for help, go to office hours, make them care about you as much as you care about yourself. My friends who went to smaller schools said that before their freshman year, an advisor called them and scheduled their classes with them. Here, I was thrown to the wolves and made mistakes I learned from, which was a much better experience.
  2. There are tons of opportunities.
    Where I am located now, there are at least 3 or 4 large hospital systems that are more than willing to let undergraduate students come and volunteer. And in terms of research labs, there are so many that will let undergrads do more than clean up, simply because of the resources afforded to them. And Columbus is home to many corporations that are always looking for interns.
  3. It's (usually) cheaper.
    NYU would have cost me around $45,000 a year for just tuition and room/board. That is a staggering amount. OSU costs a fraction of that, and due to that fact, I have been able to study abroad. Twice. I studied art history in Paris and public health in India. #blessed doesn't even begin to cover what I have been able to experience. I have seen more of the world than most of my high school teachers and I'm still so young.
  4. Don't like somebody? You don't have to hang out with them.
    At such a large school, there are so many types of people. While there are the typical sorority and fraternity douche bags, there are also so many kind and caring people. I met my best friend in my chemistry lab freshman year and she just found out that she will be going to Medical School. I also met people freshman year that weren't worth my time so I stopped hanging out with them. Surrounding yourself with the best people is easier when you have 60,000 people to choose from.
  5. Recognition
    Whether it is good or bad, people across the country (usually) recognize (THE) Ohio State University. It has a reputation so when my friends and I have walked into interviews across the country, people already know the types of students that OSU produces. That's quite a luxury (in my opinion).