Lancaster – Many students grow up and leave home to go off to college, even though they could have stayed at home and commuted to a nearby college or university. OUL Student of the Month Zach Bobo wanted to leave home to go to college too, but that's where the similarities between Bobo and other students end. Bobo moved away from home, not to live in a dorm on a residential campus, but to live in an apartment and commute to a regional campus.
"My dad works at Ohio University in Athens, so I get a tuition discount," said Bobo. "I grew up in Albany near Athens, and I wanted to get away from home but still use the Ohio University tuition discount. So, I moved to Lancaster and went to OUL."
The 21-year-old recently completed an associate's degree in Computer Science Technology and wants to work toward a bachelor's degree in Communications. Bobo said the regional campus atmosphere was a good fit for his personality.
"I'm more of a smaller environment kind of person. Classes are smaller here than they are in Athens, which I love," said Bobo. "You get more attention from the teachers and more involvement with the students.I am so glad that I did that."
Bobo started at OUL in 2010 and works in the Student Services Department on campus. He was nominated for Student of the Month by Admissions Coordinator Amy Miller.
"I answer the phones and give tours for my job with Student Services.The office provides help to students," said Bobo. "I am very thankful that Amy Miller nominated me for this honor."
Bobo also plays on the OUL Men's Basketball Team. This will be his fourth and final year playing on the team.
"I am a big sports fan.I love playing basketball," said Bobo. "Playing on a regional campus team at OUL is a great opportunity for people who love sports and still want to play, but aren't quite good enough to play at the Division 1 level."
Bobo said he has loved watching OUL's student population grow over the last few years. He said he thinks more students are participating in activities on campus, and he believes the campus will continue to grow in the future.
"I wouldn't trade my time at OUL for anything," said Bobo.
Bobo is working for the Bloom Carroll School District in their Information Technology Department while he continues to work on his bachelor's degree at OUL.