Sept. 12, 2016

Brendan Barger, a native of Baldwin, Md., and a graduate of Gilman School, is a junior on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team. He played in all 15 of the Buckeyes’ games a season ago on defense and had 14 groundballs, four caused turnovers, a goal and an assist. He has seen action in 34 games as a Buckeye, with 42 career groundballs and 12 caused turnovers. He is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice as a marketing major.

What was your favorite part of Bucks Go Pro? – The opportunity to meet many different people in the business world, the University, or just other student- athletes that I did not know before.

What is the best piece of advice you received from BGP? – Ask questions and apply yourself. Getting out of your comfort zone is never easy, but once you do good things happen

Which site visit did you enjoy the most? – I enjoyed all of the site visits we went on, but my favorite was Huntington Bank. It was really cool to go down to the bank and go into the vault.

What was your group project, and what was your role in it? – My group project was the Seasons Pass magazine. There were four other student-athletes working on it with me, and we did everything from page designs to content.

How did you decide to come to OSU? – Not being from Ohio, I never thought about coming to Ohio State when I was a little kid like so many of the in-state students do. When I came on a visit here, however, I fell in love with the team and the school as a whole. I was also completely blown away by the campus.

How long have you been doing your sport? – I have been playing lacrosse since I was about five years old probably. Lacrosse is very big in Maryland, so a lot of kids pick up a lacrosse stick when they are very young. Fun fact, I’m pretty sure Lacrosse is Maryland’s state sport along with Jousting.

Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals? – I don’t know if I would consider this a superstition, but I do re-tape my stick before most games, unless I am feeling really comfortable with it. This really isn’t a superstition either but before our actual warm-up we can go on the field and throw the ball around if we want. I always go and shoot, which is weird because I am a defenseman and barely ever shoot in games.

What is your favorite part about your sport? – My team. They were the first people I met on campus and made Ohio State home for me right away.

What is the hardest thing about sport? – The quick turn around after games trying to prepare for the next team. Sometimes if we have a big win or a bad loss it can be tough to get right back to work that Monday, but it is something we have to do and I think my team and coaches do a great job at it.

How do you balance athletics and academics? – It can be very hard trying to balance academics and athletics, and it can be overwhelming at times. I like to plan ahead and write down when I have everything due and look at the days where I have to study and plan that out. Staying organized is, in my opinion, the best way to balance school and sport.

Why did you choose your major? – I am a Business-Marketing major and am also pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I chose this because my Dad and brother are both in the business world, and it has always interesting to me.

What is your favorite study spot on campus? – In general, my room because it is the one place I can be alone, but that isn’t on campus so I would probably say the Fawcett Center. Fawcett usually isn’t very crowded, and I need to seclude myself if I actually want to get work done.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far? – It is hard to pick a clear-cut favorite class I have taken so far, but one class I really enjoyed was Art History. We spent a lot of time looking at ancient Greek and Roman artwork, which is something I have always liked.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about? – I can speak Russian. I am certainly not fluent, but I did take three years of Russian in high school. Most people take Spanish; I wanted to try something new.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? – My answer to this question would probably change every time someone was to ask me, but currently I would say a Caniac from Cane’s, that is assuming I wouldn’t have to pay for extra sauce.

Who do you most admire and why? – I admire my Mom and Dad the most. Everything I have known and accomplished is because of them. Besides, being able to put up with me for this long is a pretty admirable feat.

Describe OSU in one word. – Excellence.