Life in the bubble isn't all bad
Friday, December 7, 2007
By Jill Ramsey
up I-35 from Dallas to Edmond will never feel the same. After next
week I will no longer turn right on Memorial curious about my class
schedule or stressed to finish a project.
Despite the different places we all come from we can all relate to our
college culture. We might have different accents, but we speak the same
language. I remember my freshman year feeling like I had to be “OC-ed,”
or taught the ways of Oklahoma Christian.
The OC lingo and culture is undeniably different from anywhere else. We
live connected to our laptops. We catch up everyday at 11 a.m for
chapel, and we say whoop on Mondays during the singing of the Alma
Mater. It is easy to joke about the silliness of the ‘OC bubble,’ but
it deserves a little more credit.
I was talking to my UCO professor about attending OC, and he stopped me when I mentioned our campus community.
He said, “A community? It would be a college president’s dream to hear a student talk about their campus as a community.”
OC is more than a University; we are a community.
Finals week couldn’t be a better example of what a joy it is to be an
OC student. Some of my favorite memories have been from finals
festivities such as the pancake breakfast, third floor parties and
It has been a pleasure to spend my college career at Oklahoma
Christian. Wherever I go from here, there will not be a fall where I
don’t picture the forum decorated with all the colorful leaves.
Last fall when I lived in Manhattan, one of the most important lessons
I learned was to value my education at OC. It is easy to get caught up
in criticizing our ‘bubble’-like culture, but we need to realize what
it is we have. As I lived the corporate life in New York City I went to
work each day proud of my education at OC.
The majority of my co-workers were not only impressed with what I had
learned already in my coursework but were also in awe of my ethics and
morals. As they inquired about my knowledge of general subjects as well
as religion, I found myself recalling information that I had learned in
classes here. I was able to use the foundation OC provided me with to
have a valuable role in conversations and to have the skills needed to
survive in the world of giant corporations.
One of the most influential factors in me retaining my job for
post-graduation was my involvement in community service. The managing
editor I worked for told me she felt like she could trust me with
important tasks because of the character I had demonstrated by my
involvement with helping inner-city kids through the Shiloh ministries.
After 4 months in New York City, I couldn’t wait to come back and be
a part of the OC community again. I had a new appreciation for the
‘bubble’ and desired to be influenced by it.
We don’t realize as students how solid the foundation we are being
provided with truly is. I do not recommend living life after college in
a bubble because that is defeating the purpose of being educated here.
While we are here we need to engage in learning in the classroom
setting, in real life experiences and in community service. Even in the
classes we think will never be useful after graduation we are being
cultivated for a world that needs us to have a diversified knowledge.
Our future is not predictable, so our general education requirements
are strengthening us to be a more valuable asset to a company.
We all have an important role as members of the OC community and
should actively pursue it. We must cherish the collegiate experiences
we have because they are preparing us to stand out as leaders in our