Central State University is in small town Wilberforce. While it is great for study and community involvement, the students take every opportunity to explore the surrounding cities and the state. Their first stop was Columbus.
“Columbus was fantastic. We were there on the last day of the 2021 Gay Softball World Series. We learned about softball, met a lot of people, and had fun along with everyone who came to cheer for their teams. It was a wonderful celebration of diversity and sport”, told Sophya Tukhvatulina about their trip to Columbus.
They also had a chance to see the football game between HBCU (Historically black colleges and universities) rivals Central State University and Kentucky State University on the Ohio State University campus. This was the students first football game.
“Though unfortunately, athletes from CSU lost to KSU, it was a great event that brought all the college sports fans together. Students, professors and university administration staff were all cheering for the university team and enjoying the atmosphere of healthy rivalry,” Sophya said.
They did not miss the chance to explore German Village, a historic neighbourhood just south of downtown Columbus, Ohio. They not only visited amazing places, but more importantly, they met people coming from all over the United States and even from outside the country.
“It was better than anything we could wish for,” Sophya said.