My decision to pursue higher education at the University of Oklahoma was one of the most significant decisions I have made in my life thus far. I had no ties with OU, as I am a first generation student here. That being said, there were a lot of different factors that went into the decision. Factors such as location, cost of tuition, and much more.
I started my journey on deciding where I would attend college by touring a variety of schools with my parents. In the beginning, I had absolutely no idea where I wanted to go. Being from Dallas, naturally, my parents wanted me to attend a school in Texas. So we began the tours with Texas schools first such as Texas A&M, UT Dallas, UT Arlington, and the University of North Texas. These were all beautiful schools, but I could not see myself going to any of them. After touring most Texas schools, we began our journey to out-of-state schools, and our first stop was none other than the University of Oklahoma. I was very intrigued by OU because I was aware of their prestigious programs specifically their PR program offered by Gaylord College, one of the top journalism and mass communication schools in the country. I also knew I wanted to do sports PR, and OU was also known for its outstanding achievements in athletics. It was like a match made in heaven. After my tour, I was absolutely infatuated with OU; I knew it was the school for me.
It’s hard to believe, but I have been at OU for two years now and it just keeps getting better every day. The campus has so much to offer, and I believe other public school campuses pale in comparison. On-campus living has so many opportunities and resources free for students to utilize. Resources like free tutoring and opportunities like free events held by the community activity committee or CAC. OU’s academic structure trumps many other schools as well. Most lecture classes that contain more than 100 students typically include discussion sections with the class that are limited to about 20 students maximum per discussion to make sure students are getting the one-on-one attention they need to succeed. OU also has a career center that offers help to students with a variety of real-world preparation such as resume/cover letter assistance and connections with real job/internship opportunities. These are just samples of all the wonderful things life at OU has to offer.