November 30, 2016

Buckeye Spotlight – Seth Bearjar


Nov. 30, 2016

Seth Bearjar is a senior on Ohio State’s pistol team. The Lusby, Maryland native has helped lead the Buckeyes to three consecutive national championships during his time in Columbus and has his team off to another fantastic start this year. Bearjar has been a key member of the pistol team since day one, earning All-America distinctions every year he has been at OSU.

How did you decide to come to OSU?
I decided to come to Ohio State strictly due to the Pistol Team. I had learned of it during high school and realized it was a great opportunity for me to pursue Collegiate and potentially Olympic goals.

How long have you been doing your sport?
I began pistol in the 9th grade of high school.

Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals?
I do have specific music I listen to that varies depending on my mood before a match. Typically I listen to slower music to calm my nerves and clear my mind before competing.

What is your favorite part about your sport?
My favorite part has been meeting amazing new friends, the community is small and so regardless of what competition you are in we all are willing to help each other out.

What is the hardest thing about sport?
The hardest thing is having to be mentally focused constantly, unlike many other sports we have to remain as still and precise as possible. When we are having a rough match or competition we have to step back and relax to try and calm ourselves before we carry on because if we are not calm it can hurt our scores.

How do you balance athletics and academics?
I try to balance the two in the best way I can but even after 3 years it is still an ongoing challenge. My biggest way to do this though is to meet professors in office hours and work with them in advance so that we can create a plan for how I can stay on top of my work.

Why did you choose your major?
I chose industrial engineering because I wanted the hands on experiences of engineering, but also be able to work with others in creating new processes. I always struggled with “creating” new things but had a passion for optimizing ideas.

What is your favorite study spot on campus?
Thompson library is my favorite spot because of the old collegiate feel you get in the reading room.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?
My favorite class has been intro to world cinema, it really took me out of my major and gave me some new experiences.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?
A fun fact about me is that I want to backpack the entire Appalachian Trail before I am 40.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Who do you most admire and why?
I most admire my parents, they have put in more work than I have ever known was possible to give me the best life possible. My family as a whole has always pushed me to be better and try harder than I ever knew possible

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