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There was never a question or doubt that I would go anywhere other than OSU upon graduating from high school. My dad, being an O-state alum, dragged me to football games and various OSU activities for as long as I can remember. His plan worked; I fell in love with the campus, the smiling faces, the college-town feel, and the traditions.

Involvement in various activities has always been a priority to me, and my passion for meeting people and staying busy didn’t stop after high school. I participated in Camp Cowboy, Alpha Week and panhellenic recruitment right off the bat.

The memories that will last a lifetime for me are the following:

  • My involvement within Kappa Kappa Gamma and Greek life as a whole

I lived in the house seven semesters, held three offices, and rarely missed an event.

  • Singing and dancing in Varsity Revue, Freshmen Follies, and Spring Sing!
  • Homecoming- the enormity of this tradition at OKstate and the countless hours that go into putting on a nationally recognized celebration
  • The School of Journalism and Broadcasting- the intimate feel, distinct smell and caring professors and advisers
  • My participation in Arts & Sciences Student Council, Mortar Board, Order of Omega and various philanthropy events
  • Constant construction that led to amazing results (Boone Pickens stadium, Hall of Fame, North Classroom Building, etc.)
  • Going to Aspen Coffee and The Third Place to study and chat with friends
  • The Strip including The Barn, J.R. Murphy’s, Dirty’s, Copper Penny, etc. and some hangouts that aren’t on the Strip such as Eskimo Joe’s and Stonewall

Words cannot describe or explain the incredible experience I had discovering who I was as an individual, my passions, my goals. I met the most incredible people and am honored to have had the opportunity to become close friends with so many, who I know will do great things in their lifetime.

As a graduate I can say with the rest of ’em, “college was the best four years of my life!”  I’m looking forward to the next chapter in life, and I know that my journey at OKstate does not end here. I’ll continue to be an active alum participating in homecoming, sporting events, and the like. I’ve learned so much and feel fully prepared to take on whatever the world throws at me.

Please take the time to view the 2009 commencement video to get a better feel for why I love OSU and why you should too.

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