Name: Jordan Ballinger
Major: Political Science
College: College of Arts & Sciences
Favorite thing about Athens: My favorite aspect of Athens is the overall atmosphere. Athens is unlike any other college town in the US. We have a wide range of local businesses that provide local foods which are incredible. The city itself is absolutely gorgeous, surrounded by the hocking hills and the streets paved with bricks. You cannot find another place like Athens, Ohio in the world.
What is something you have learned while at Ohio University that you would like to share with fellow Bobcats?
Leadership and how to overcome defeat. Through my tenure on Student Senate I was able to create the Residential Housing Advisory Board that helped push high definition television into the residence halls. We worked with Residential Housing on various projects ranging from the Master Housing Plan to renovations in places such as Bromley Hall. Through my time on Honor Council I was able to rewrite the Ohio University Honor Code to make it easier for students to understand. All of this led to me running for president of Ohio University’s Student Senate. Through the loss of that election I learned how to continue pushing on, and progress towards real change here at Ohio University. I learned that no matter what the outcome, it is also up to you to decide if you are willing to push on or falter, OHIO gave me the ability to push on.