Being a Bobcat, we’ve all had our fair share of climbing up Jeff Hill. Actually, we’ve all had our fair share of climbing up hills in general on Ohio University’s campus. These are 10 thoughts I know you’ve had during your own trek up the worst hill on campus.

1. Are these going to be my last few (extremely heavy) breaths?

Panting like a dog is unavoidable while walking up Jeff Hill. Usually you’re breathing so dang heavy you can’t even keep up a conversation. While gasping for life, we’ve all thought, “This hill will be the death of me.” And if we can muster up the strength we say, “I am literally dying right now,” to our friends.

2. Why didn’t I take the elevator?!

The elevator in Glidden Hall is a hidden treasure. If you don’t know about it yet, it’s time to find out. Glidden Hall is located to the right of Jeff Hill and saves the calves of OU students every day. When you find yourself half-way up Jeff Hill and remember the Glidden elevator was an option, deep regret sets in.

3. Next year I am living somewhere that allows me to avoid this hill at ALL costs.

While South and East Green are awesome and beautiful places to live, it is makes walking up Jeff Hill impossible to avoid. It’s all fun and games the first couple days, and then you make your first trip up the infamous Jeff Hill.  Your thoughts on living on these Greens are changed forever.

5. At least I’ll have buns of steel by the time I graduate!

The calves and booties of OU students will be forever solid thanks to Jeff Hill. Whenever I need more steps on my Fitbit to reach my daily goal, I can always rely on Jeff Hill. Hey, if you climb up it enough, you’ve got your workout done for the day! I guess there’s a silver lining in everything.

6. I am profusely sweating…and it’s snowing.


No matter how cold it is, walking up Jeff Hill will make you think about adopting the nudist mindset. And if you’re in a hurry, don’t make the mistake of wearing a gray shirt (gray= pit stain central).

7. I should try the other side next time, maybe it’s not as bad.

Everyone goes back and forth between walking up the stairs on the right or the sloped sidewalk on the left. You switch up which side you walk on in hopes of it miraculously becoming easier. Eventually, you realize both sides are equally awful.

8. I regret ever thinking that the hills on this campus were beautiful.

Incoming freshman are amazed by the beauty of the rolling hills of Athens. Everyone else questions why the heck anyone decided these hills would be the perfect location for a college campus.

9. Reason #342 to have a car at OU.

While you’re walking up Jeff Hill and see others struggling up the steps you think, “Alright, we all gotta do it…here we go.” And then, a car zooms past you! Now you’re thinking, “GIVE ME A RIDE I’M A NICE PERSON.”

10. At least it’ll be worth it once I make it to Court Street.


Most treks up Jeff Hill are made in efforts to reach the beloved Court Street. Jeff Hill will never be a good time, but you’ll always be rewarded at the end of your hike with the amazing Court Street being just a few steps away.



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