Students tell embarrassing tales they would rather forget

Aja Brown

Humiliating school stories revealed at Kent State

Paul O’Connor, sophomore justice studies major, may one day be the cool cop who kicks in the door to take down the biggest criminal in the state.

But for now his peers know him as the guy that broke his wrist while doing somersaults on the hill outside of Dunbar Hall.

“There were like six guys and four girls all standing around laughing at me when I got up,” O’Connor said.

He later had to go to the emergency room and wear a cast for a month.

While Kent State students may seem to have it all together, they can also recall some of their most humiliating moments.

Take freshman Hallie Long for example.

Although in a few years this fashion merchandising major could be working for J. Lo’s clothing line, she’ll always remember that day when clothes were not on her side (or not on her at all, for that matter).

“I went swimming at the (Student Wellness and Recreation Center) with a couple of my friends,” Long said. “There were some cute boys already in the pool. I went to take off my shirt and pulled one of the ties to my bikini top.”

Long said that her shirt along with the majority of her bikini top was over her head.

She couldn’t get her arms down quick enough, and everything was exposed for all to see.

“My friends laughed ridiculously,” she said. “I was so red, but I’m still not sure exactly what the boys in the pool saw.”

That is why freshman nursing major Deann Mazzola has chosen a career that focuses on keeping people calm during times of panic.

However, she was tested on her own ability to keep her cool two weeks into her freshman year.

“I was taking a shower and shaving my legs,” Mazzola said. ” I had one leg up and I was balancing with the other. When I went to adjust my position I slipped and hit my head on the shower wall.”

Mazzola said she thought she was OK until later she began to get dizzy.

Her friends rushed her to the emergency room. The doctor told her that she had a concussion.

“The doctor gave me some pain medicine and told me to rest and to stop bumping my head,” she said. “I was really embarrassed.”

Sophomore psychology major Keisha Sanderfer may not have hurt her head for her embarassing moment, but her pride did take a bruising.

“I was walking to class one day when I thought I saw my friend in her car,” Sanderfer said. “I started running towards her car and yelling for her to hold on. When I got to the door, smiling, I looked in and it wasn’t even my friend.”

Sanderfer said she tried to play it off.

“I just looked past the girl in the car and acted as if I was flagging down someone else but I don’t think she fell for it,” she said.

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