Today my alma mater Ouachita Baptist Univeristy is having blog out day. The admissions office wants alumni to share their story via blog so here goes:
I always heard about OBU through my dad's youth group kids. I grew up know all about OBU. Many of Searcy grads went there. I really got serious about looking for colleges my junior year. My first love was any school where they had good cheerleaders and I could try out before enrolling as a student. I didn''t want to go to any school unless I could cheer for that school. This meant I couldn't go to U of A because when I was a senior tryouts were not until fall after enrollment. I found a school in Jackson, TN called Union University, a baptist school that had a coed cheer squad who was decent. I visited there and thought I liked it. Being a private school meant that I was going to have to get serious scholarships. On that visit, I learned I had a full ride due to grades, actitivies, and grants. Upon returning home, I had a letter from a girl I had looked up to all through high school telling me how awesome OBU was and how she thought I would love it. I made the excuse that I was still two thousand dollars short on scholarships at Ouachita. Looking through the mail turned out to be my answer. I had a letter saying I had received two thousand dollar scholarship from some random place in New York. WOW! God was trying to tell me something. Shortly there after, I tried out and made the cheer squad. Granted, we were not Kentucky by any means but I met two of my best friends cheering.
This leads me to some of the best parts of OBU:I met my roomate of four years at OBU. We are still friends to this day. I made so many great lifelong friends at college. Some of the best things were my social club(similar to a soroity at at state school) EEEs. Tiger Tunes. We WON as Toy soldiers. (pics to come later) Tiger Traks basically a oozefeat of mud volleyball, cheering in college,hanging out in OC Bailey with my girls, laughing, crying, and growing close, TWIRP week(the woman is responsible for paying).
I had such a wonderful experience at OBU and I hope my children choose to go there as well.