January 17, 2017

Buckeye Spotlight – Driss Guessous


Jan. 17, 2017

Driss Guessous, a redshirt senior on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, has played in 70 matches thus far in his collegiate career – starting all but one of them. The 2014 All-America Second Teamer ranks 12th in school history with 49 solo blocks. The Pasadena, Calif., native is a double major in Physics and Mathematics. He played a huge role in Ohio State’s NCAA Championships last season, drilling 10 kills in the NCAA Finals vs. top-ranked BYU.

How did you decide to come to OSU?
I was deciding between UCSB and Ohio State, and after coming on an official visit to both schools, Ohio State felt like the best choice for me.

How long have you been doing your sport?
I have been playing since freshman year of high school.

Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals?
Don’t really have any pre match superstitions.

What is your favorite part about your sport?
This being the fourth year of playing with most of the guys on my team, my favorite part of my sport is being able to play at such a high level with my teammates.

What is the hardest thing about sport?
The travel can be pretty difficult. For instance, our recent trip to California involved us flying to Boston, Baltimore, Phoenix, and then San Jose. It was a very long travel day.

How do you balance athletics and academics?
There is no straight forward way to balance the demands of athletics and academics. I just take it day by day, many late nights and early mornings.

Why did you choose your major?
Going into college I was undecided, but knew I wanted to major in STEM. This eventually led me to majoring in Physics and eventually I declared a double major in Mathematics and finally I decided to get a Dual Degree in both Math and Physics.

What is your favorite study spot on campus?
My favorite study spot is the “physics lounge” in Smith. It is just a really small room with a couch but it gets the job done.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?
My Honors Quantum Mechanics class was my favorite class.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?
I chose Ohio State despite my sister attending Michigan two years before.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi, but if we are going off of track record it would be Chipotle.

Who do you most admire and why?
Richard Feynman, he gets it.

Describe OSU in one word.