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Life in the bubble isn't all bad

Friday, December 7, 2007  
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By Jill Ramsey

Driving 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 outdoor picnics.

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 society.

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