First Week Back


11 things everyone needs to do their first week back in Athens

Jess Umbarger / For The Post

After a long summer away from our beloved town, there are a few things every Bobcat needs to do their first week back in town to get into the Athens mood.

1. Get coffee at Donkey Coffee and Espresso

Donkey Coffee

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Becky Sirc, a barista at Donkey Coffee, makes an order on October 12, 2016.

Nearly everyone in Athens is obsessed with Donkey Coffee and Espresso. It’s cool vibe and homey feel make it a great place to hang out with friends or catch up on some homework.

2. Take a walk around town to see the bricks and lose your breath from the hills

It is common knowledge that Athens is basically a series of hills, and unforgiving hills at that. Get a head start on your stamina by walking around town and reminding yourself of how beautiful Athens is.

3. Hike up Bong Hill to see the sunset

Don’t forget to check out the beautiful views those dreadful hills can offer. Hiking up Bong Hill before sunset and hanging around to see the sun go down over town is a sight to see.

4. Walk around The Ridges and get really creeped out

Taking a walk around The Ridges, formerly known as the Athens Lunatic Asylum. Read up on some of the creepy legends of the ghosts before going and walking around with flashlights and friends.

5. Hang out on College Green

Be a quintessential college student and hang out on the beautiful College Green. Take a book or have a picnic with friends and feel all the feels of being a college student.

6. Go to Slice Night at Courtside Pizza

Courtside Pizza

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The exterior of Courtside Pizza, 85 N. Court St., in 2015.

Despite the long line, be sure to grab a slice of pizza from Courtside Pizza on

Wednesday nights before having a night out on the bricks (if you are of age, of course)

7. Grab some chicken and waffles

The combination may sound weird to some, but it is a good one. Grab this Athens-favorite sandwich at Uptown Grill.

8. Eat at Union Street Diner at 3 a.m.

Go to the famous Union Street Diner, open all day, every day, to grab some of the best diner food in Athens. Between the food options, such as fried mac and cheese and milkshakes, to the servers who are basically your best friends, it’s a great place to stop by anytime of the day.

9. Go on a bike ride on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Grab a bike, or just walk along the path any time of day for some beautiful views of the campus and the Hocking River. The bikeway is also a great place to just take a break when you need one.

10. Actually attempt to use a planner the first week of classes

Try to be a responsible student and plan out your week with a planner, whether it be the OU planners or a floral Lilly Pulitzer one. Yes, it is more than likely that we will all fail at using the planner for more than the first month of school, but at least we all tried.

11. Buy a fresh Ohio University t-shirt

Treat yourself to a new OU T-shirt to celebrate another (or first) year back on the most beautiful campus in the world. There are no shortages of bookstores Uptown with tons of options to choose from.


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