As I stood up in front of a classroom full of prospective students and shared my Sooner Story on August 10, 2015 in Tulsa, I realized how much the University of Oklahoma has given me over the past three years and nostalgia hit like a wrecking ball. OU holds the most special place in my heart and as I reflect on the past; I look forward to the future.
Here’s to senior year.
‘High school Katie’ couldn’t have cared less about academics. I was all about involvement, relationships and anything excluding class; school came dead last. I floated through high school and really didn’t give college a second thought until senior year. After touring a couple universities, I applied to both OU and OSU, getting into Oklahoma State University but receiving a rejection letter from the University of Oklahoma (I still have it to this day). After heartbreak and a pity party, I got to work. I contacted my Jenks (Go Trojans) recruiter at the time, Mandy Mathes, now Castro, and explained I wanted nothing more than to be a Sooner.
Mandy graciously invited my dad and me to an OU dinner in Tulsa where President Boren spoke and I sat with the dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications (my intended college). Multiple resumes printed out and a prepared elevator speech; I was more than eager to attend dinner. During dinner, Mandy says I have no choice but to introduce myself to President Boren and explain why I deserve to be at the University of Oklahoma. As I would soon find out, being able to exude confidence while remaining humble is one of the most important life skills. Courage hit and I gave my elevator speech to DBO himself explaining why I not only wanted, but also needed to be at the University of Oklahoma. I left that OU-Tulsa dinner on cloud nine but still anxious to hear from the admissions office.
Four days passed before I got word on admissions. On December 16, 2011, I received a call from President Boren’s office with a “Congratulations, Future Sooner.” I would work with a Graduation Coach during my first two years at the University of Oklahoma and find success in life long friends and multiple organizations. I had the opportunity to serve as a chair for Sooners Helping Sooners, provide campus tours and encourage other students with the same passion I had and become an account lead for Lindsey + Asp, the reason I attended the University of Oklahoma.
I share my story not to brag, but to express gratitude for everyone who has been a part of my OU experience and to reflect on everything the university has to offer. More stories and experiences to come as my senior year progresses.