So today is Ouachita's birthday, and to celebrate they decided to create a "blogabout" and have students blog about their Ouachita story. That's kind of overwhelming, because if you know much about me, you know I loved my time at Ouachita and I could talk about my OBU experience all day. But, I'll try to narrow it down for you...
Freshman year I moved in to Frances Crawford not knowing what to expect. I was leaving behind close friends and family, and I went in skeptical, thinking OBU had some big shoes to fill. I felt like everyone had "the Ouachita bug." They were all in love with the place! But, I wasn't so sure that would ever be me.
Much to my surprise, it didn't take long before I had caught "the bug." Ouachita became my home, and looking back I see how it has molded me in to the woman I am today. Ouachita taught me to think for myself. Being away from home challenged me to question the things I believed in; political beliefs, as well as religious beliefs. I guess you could say I learned who I was at Ouachita.
Freshman year: The first friend I made at Ouachita was a girl named "Tate" (her real name was Stephanie, but I wouldn't learn that until Sophomore year). Then, midway through my freshman year, I moved in with Laura. These two girls remain to this day two of my very best friends. We had an instant connection and stayed attached at the hips all 4 years, even though we all pledged a different social club.
|Me with my rommate, Laura.|
|With Gary at KX rush.|
KX Chimney Sweeps.
Laura and Tate were also asked to be KX lil sises, making us all members of the same club for the first time ever. Even though we were no longer roommates our bond was stronger than ever.
My Closet OBU friends!
|Laura, me and Tate: KX lil sises.|
|Tri Chi PC 04 Tiger Tunes 05|
KX/TC Toga Mixer.
Tri Chi Rush.
Tri Chi 80s night TWIRP 2005.
Senior Year: I finished my time at OBU in 3.5 years, so my senior year was only 1 semester, but I made the most of it. I served as the president of Tri Chi and participated in my final Tiger Tunes shows with Tri Chi (hairstylists) and Kappa Chi (Outlaws). Kappa took home first place! I was on the homecoming court for Tri Chi, and Tate was crowned homecoming queen.
In 3.5 years: I had received a 1st class education, learned life lessons, and developed lasting relationships. I read the scripture at the December commencement and tried not to cry as my Ouachita story came to an end.
My best Tri Chi friends.
But my story didn't end there. I see it continue every day. We meet people all the time who have a connection to OBU, and we have even developed close friendships with OBU alumni we didn't even hag out with during our time at OBU.
I met my husband at Ouachita (Dr. Jackson married us in Jan. 07), my closest friends at Ouachita, and I leaned who I was at Ouachita. I work with Laura at my salon in North Little Rock, and I was in Tate's wedding this past May. I'm looking forward to attending Tiger Tunes next month, and my younger brother started his Ouachita journey this year. Ouachita will be a part of who I am for the rest of my life, and for that I am very grateful.
I'm leaving out so much, from rush parties, to mixers, to club outings, but I did the best I could. You can read about other Ouachita stories here.