Ansari arrives at SSU after 3 years


After 3 year delay, Michigan student enrolls at SSU

By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



Frank Lewis | Daily Times Robert Ansari stands in front of the University Center on the campus of Shawnee State University


Frank Lewis | Daily Times Runners complete the Wow Run at SSU Saturday morning


Frank Lewis | Daily Times Runners complete the Wow Run at SSU Saturday morning


To many of the first-year students at Shawnee State University, this weekend was the Weekend of Welcome, or WOW. To Robert Ansari, it was the culmination of a dream and a long road from Detroit to the friendly campus on the banks of the Ohio River.

“I always wanted to be here,” Ansari, removing his ear buds to talk, said. “Three years ago I applied and I got in. My grandmother fell sick, so I couldn’t come. Now I’m down here, God rest her soul, and I’m lovin’ it.”

Ansari didn’t choose SSU by chance. He knew exactly what he wanted to study, and SSU filled the bill.

“I’m doing a double major in graphic design and game simulation art,” Ansari said. “Three years ago I was at Oakland Community College and I was trying to figure out where I was going to go next. I knew I liked games, so I typed in ‘top 10 schools in the United States in game designing’ and Shawnee State was number 6.”

Ansari was enjoying his trip around the campus, and while it is easy to get lost in a crowd of people on a busy college campus weekend, Ansari knew exactly where he was and why he was there.

“Now I’m here to claim my victory,” Ansari said.

Two young women from other parts of Ohio were making their rounds in preparation for the rest of the day’s activities.

Taylor Molihan is an incoming freshman from Jackson High School. Walking with her was Natalie Austin, a freshman from Wayne High School.

“I really like it because it’s small, so it feels like home,” Molihan said.

“We’ve been here for a week already for camp,” Austin said. “It’s really homey. I think that’s why I liked it.”

There wasn’t much time to exhale as events were scheduled throughout the weekend. Saturday morning, the Daily Times caught up with Astra Ng of SSU, who was trying to keep things on schedule.

“It’s still part of the Weekend of Welcome,” Ng said. “We’re just finishing up the WOW Run and Walk on the same course as our Bear Run. After this, the kids have brunch over at the UC (University Center). And then at 12:45 (p.m.) we have SSU Gives Back, it’s community service.”

That was followed by ty-dying, face-painting, and a host of other activities.

‘There are some students that are moving in today (Saturday). But the majority of the incoming freshmen moved in yesterday (Friday).” Ng said. “Sunday its the returners, the previous students who are sophomores, juniors and seniors living on campus. They’ll be moving in tomorrow (Sunday).”

Frank Lewis | Daily Times

Robert Ansari stands in front of the University Center on the campus of Shawnee State University

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Robert Ansari stands in front of the University Center on the campus of Shawnee State University

Frank Lewis | Daily Times

Runners complete the Wow Run at SSU Saturday morning

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Runners complete the Wow Run at SSU Saturday morning

Frank Lewis | Daily Times

Runners complete the Wow Run at SSU Saturday morning

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Runners complete the Wow Run at SSU Saturday morning

After 3 year delay, Michigan student enrolls at SSU

By Frank Lewis

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