Ohio State welcomes class of 2020 at fall convocation

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You know you’re pretty special when the university President breaks out the shades, straps on a rhythm guitar and starts rocking out at your first gathering on campus.

That’s what Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake did for incoming freshmen at during the fall Convocation Monday. His set with the performers from Shadowbox got the class of 2020 hyped for the day.

University officials call these 8,000 new Buckeyes the most talented and competitive in OSU history. Culled from close to 50,000 applicants, they're from all over the state, around the world and every station in life.

“Wow, so many people to meet, I can’t believe I’m on this huge campus. Unbelievable,” Veronica Walter from Bowling Green said.

“This is really a big campus,” Kyle Rowan from Findlay said. “I get lost every five seconds. I use my app to try to get around.”

Rowan just got out of the military two months ago. He served a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

He said he went into the service to get money for college.

“I feel old, everyone else is real young and I’m 23,” he said.

Some of these freshmen will be the first in their family to graduate from college. Others will be the third and fourth generation to come out of Ohio State.

Speakers at the assembly urged students to savor every moment take advantage of every opportunity and strive for excellence.

“Be aware, have your eyes and ears open. Take the time to breathe, appreciate what you're experiencing. Do your best. Guide yourself by doing what is right and putting a good effort into it and things will come out quite nicely,” President Drake said.

The daily hustle to class and countless hours of study will start shortly, but for today it's all about just being a newly-minted Buckeye.

The student body president offered a wonderful challenge to the bright-eyed and eager freshmen as the settled in, “Welcome to the family, now together, let’s change the world.”