Every Buckeye always looks forward to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the meeting of the Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines. For Daniel Leung and Elaine Chan, they remember the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a completely different reason.
Leung, BA (1998), MBA (2004) Fisher College of Business, and Chan, BA, Fisher College of Business (1998), knew and grew up with each other in primary school while they lived in Hong Kong. Eventually, they both moved to Columbus to be students at Ohio State, loved their time on campus, and fell in love with each other.
On November 20, 2004, the day before the most exciting time of the year on Ohio State's campus - the Ohio State and Michigan football game - Daniel had the opportunity to take Elaine on the field of Ohio Stadium as the football players were practicing for the rivalry game. Elaine thought they were going to take pictures together, however what she didn't expect was for Daniel to drop to one knee to propose.
"He told me he was going to take a picture of him, and then he took the camera out, and I thought he was going to take a picture of me," Elaine reflected. "But then he got down on one knee and proposed. I was surprised. There were a lot of people there, but I didn't hesitate to say yes."
Daniel said he was worried that Elaine would see that he was nervous beforehand.
"I was actually nervous before I proposed, but I am usually nervous every year when Ohio State plays Michigan," Daniel said. "Elaine just didn't know what I was actually nervous about at the time."
Beside falling in love with each other, Leung and Chan said the greatest benefit of studying at Ohio State is learning and becoming friends with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
"I think one of the great things is that I met a lot of people from different backgrounds and different cultures at Ohio State, and everyone was very friendly, very accepting and respectful of different cultures, and after class we would hangout together," Leung said. "This experience also made me more actively accept people from different backgrounds and cultures, make different friends, and broaden my perspective."
"I think the Ohio State opened my eyes a lot," Chan said. "Ohio State brings us a global mindset, which is totally different from my life in the United States when I first arrived. When I was in school, I had two roommates. Our life was very colorful. I don't think I would be the person I am if I didn't come to Ohio State."