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Ohio Soccer Summer Blog: Annie Beard - Part II

Senior midfielder Annie Beard has spent her summer interning for a public relations agency in Chicago.

July 23, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University soccer student-athletes will be checking in with OhioBobcats.com throughout the summer to update Bobcat Nation on their lives. Senior midfielder Annie Beard (Mason, Ohio) continues the summer blog series.

A two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference Honorable Mention selection, Beard has started 14 of the 36 games she's played in, logging 1,541 minutes. She has totaled three points off three assists.

This is the second blog entry Beard has penned for OhioBobcats.com. Check out the first here.

Annie Beard's Blog Entry
Hi again! Like I mentioned in my last blog post, I have been living in Chicago for the summer, interning for a public relations agency in the city. It has been a lot of fun and a huge learning experience. After weeks of taking pictures of everything I saw and getting lost in the city, I am finally feeling like I fit in around here. I have become a public transportation expert, and I even get impatient when people walk slowly in front of me on my way to work. I guess I'm no longer a tourist. There is so much to do in Chicago, and I have done a lot of fun stuff while living here.

It was really cool being here during the World Cup. Because it is such a big and diverse city, there were tons of people with different nationalities wearing their country's colors proudly. I attended two of the four U.S. Soccer watch parties that were held in the city. The first one I went to was the USA versus Portugal game in Grant Park, and the atmosphere was amazing. The park was packed with USA fans chanting, "I Believe" and "U-S-A, " and every time Ronaldo was shown, fans would boo him. Even though a lot of people were just there for a good time and didn't understand the majority of the rules of the game, it was exciting to see how many people were rallying around our national team. The crowd went crazy when we scored, and you could hear a pin drop when Portugal equalized in the last minute.

I also attended the watch party at Soldier Field with more than 28,000 other people for the knockout stage game against Belgium. Although the outcome of the game was not what anyone hoped for, the atmosphere was unreal. The entire field was filled, along with majority of the lower-level seating. It was awesome to see so many people come together for a soccer game, let alone just to watch the game on a big-screen TV.

Other than that and your typical touristy Chicago weekends, I have been staying busy with work and working out. I officially feel like an adult: work 9-5, work out, cook dinner, do laundry, make hot tea, go to sleep and wake up to do it all over again the next day. As hard and busy as this summer has been, it has been so rewarding to get to do work for such an awesome PR firm in such an exciting, beautiful city. And as perfect as Chicago is, I am so ready to be back home in Athens in less than two weeks. One thing's for sure - it will be nice to go to sleep without hearing honking and sirens out my window. Get ready Athens, Ohio: soccer is coming for you!

2014 Ohio Soccer Summer Blog Series Archive
Entry 1: Rachel Fryan
Entry 2: Gabby Hausfeld
Entry 3: Brieanna Charlebois - Part I
Entry 5: Brieanna Charlebois - Part II