"A christian rap artist named Lecrae said, 'If you live for their acceptance, you'll die from their rejection.' That was a big thing for me because I felt like an outsider a lot and I always try to do stuff to be accepted. Just be the person God made you to be."
Keawe BridgesComputer Design
Oklahoma City, OK
Gary JonesMulticultural & Service Learning Coordinator
Benton Harbor, MI
"There are some things in life that just are the right 'fit'. For me, OC is the right 'fit'. The reality of who OC is, coupled with what OC could become, allows me to have purpose, mission, and value at OC. I can freely pursue my calling in an environment that encourages the pursuit."
Stephanie BairdOC Registrar
"I didn't attend OC, but it's always been a big part of my life. My junior high sweetheart (now husband), Taylor, is from a family that's an instrumental part of OC's history. I love that I'm now part of that history, too. I'm also excited that our daughter, Avanelle, is growing up on and around the OC campus, just like her father and grandfather did."
“My pops always told me, ‘Be part of the solution not the problem.’ If I could change one thing about the world, it would be giving people dignity in their differences. That doesn’t mean going out just full tolerance, but showing people they are children of God. And that starts with me trying to realize that because I’m still working on that.”
Laura PetersonSalina, KS
"When I was a freshman in high school, I jokingly put this hat on my Christmas list. I knew my mom hated it, but she still got it for me. And every day since then I just wear it because it’s good for bad hair days, it’s warm, and it’s interesting. Now I’m obsessed with bison in general. On spring break I’m going to a bison farm in Kansas."
August CroninElementary Education
"One time, during Earn Your Wings, I was just dancing like everyone does before all the freshmen came in and I ripped my pants all the way down the seam. That was super embarrassing."
"If I could change one thing about the world, it would be in the way people treat each other. It would be really great to see people serving each other more."
Travis PauleyCreative Media/Video
“My Dad’s always told me, ‘Happiness is when you want to do what you have to do.’ God is going to throw things at us, but when we find ourselves wanting to do what we have to do … that’s when I’ve been my happiest. I don’t know too much about it since I’m only 20, but that’s definitely been one of the most valuable things I’ve picked up on.”
Kaydee KenneSherman, TX
"I feel God’s peace out here in the trees."