More of the Project C A-Team: Meet Ryan + Natalie

Meet Ryan Young!

Ryan is a senior studying photojournalism in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. He is a videographer producing content for United Campus Ministry. Ryan has held internships across the midwest; this summer he is taking his talents to the District Capital, working for The Washington Times. Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RMLYphoto

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio

Favorite memory in Athens/Ohio University: 
"I have the best group of friends in the world, so every time we hang out it's a new favorite memory. I know it sounds like a cop out, but it's true!"

What is your favorite part of working on Project C? 
"Just the fact that there is a very tangible incentive for these organizations to let us in to their lives. A lot of times in the world of documenting it feels as though all you do is take, so it's nice to know that we're helping to give back with Project C."

What is your favorite restaurant in Athens? 
"Tough call...but I'm going to have to go with Ali Baba's gyro buggy."

What do you think has been the greatest invention in the last ten years? 
"Smart phones are so incredible, but I also kind of hate them at times so I'll say smart phones are simultaneously the best and worst invention of the last 10 years."

Do you have any hidden talents? 
"An encyclopedic ability to memorize song lyrics--If you could even call that a talent."

What is the most valuable advice you’ve ever received?
"There's no sense in fixating on how problems occurred, it's better instead to focus on how to fix them…or something like that."

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? 
"Spiderman. I've already got the photographer aspect down. So, I've been hanging outside of Clippinger Laboratories waiting for my radioactive spider... "

What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes right now? 
"Summer Skin" by Death Cab For Cutie

What are your favorite things to do in your free time? 
"Hang out with friends, golf with friends, make music with friends, go to the beach with friends, go to concerts with friends."

Meet Natalie Schultz!

Natalie is a senior at Ohio University studying Interactive Multimedia. She contributes her time and talents to Project C by working as lead designer for the Rural Action: Watershed Restoration content. When she's not working on Project C, Natalie works as the graphics intern at the WOUB Center for Public Media and is a member of the Ohio University Multimedia Society. 

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Favorite memory in Athens/Ohio University: 
"When everything was new. I can't think of anything better than being a freshman here at OU. I wanted to get out and see everything Athens had to offer. It's this magical place that I still can't seem to get enough of; It's beautiful here."

What is your favorite part about working on Project C?
"I really enjoy the people. These people are so passionate about this project and how they can use their talents to help others. It has been very cool to be involved with the growth of Project C that has occurred over the past year. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with and be a part of such a fantastic project and group of individuals."

Where is your favorite place to spend an afternoon in Athens? 
"Strouds Run State Park is one of my favorite spots around here, getting out on the lake whilst in a canoe is preferred. My eyes can only take so much pixelated light, I need the real thing."

What is your favorite restaurant in Athens?
"This is tough, but since I'm especially partial to any kind of pizza, I'm going to have to say Jackie O's. Love that spent grain goodness."

Do you have any hidden talents?
"I can play songs on the piano by ear. I don't do it often and I haven't really played in front of many people."

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
"E.T., not only do I absolutely love this movie, but I would give anything to fly around in a bike basket with Elliott and his cronies. That, and he ends up consuming quite a few M&M's."

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
"Breakfast foods for sure. I have recently been on a cottage cheese pancake kick. It's my mom's recipe and they sound gross, but they put regular pancakes to shame. I usually don't tell people what they are before they try them."

Three words that describe you best:
Carefree. Goofy. Funky Fresh.

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