Lori Motl, a great friend and Tri Chi sister, invited me to join the “Ouachita Blog About” campaign for the 125th anniversity of Ouachita Baptist University. During the month of September, Ouachita students and alumni are prompted with a topic related to their Ouachita years to blog about. Since life is getting busy, I decided to include all topics in this blog. To read more about the Blog About campaign, visit http://www.obu.edu/blogabout/
Favorite Ouachita Memory, September 6
There are too many memories to choose only one favorite memory. I remember that I made a 68% on my first chemistry test and thought the world was ending. I remember pledging Tri Chi and wearing heels to class… something I am much better at now. I caught the flu a week after pledge week. I met my boyfriend of three years in the Berry Bible Chapel on campus. I dissected a cat and shark in biology lab. Once, I accidentally spilled nitric acid on my thumb and it turned yellow for a week. I remember the first time I received a personal letter in the mail from OBU President Dr. Rex Horne … it was a big deal! Every year, I participated in Tiger Traks and mud volleyball… and I remember the odd sunburns that occurred from the mud. When the new Gosser dorms were being built, I sneaked inside to see the layout but got my shoes stuck in the mud on the way out. We loved floating the Caddo River during the summer, and we always packed the 10 rafts in the back of my convertible to transport them to the river. I went on a weeklong camping trip with “On the Ouachita” to receive the best 3 hours of biology credit ever. I also traveled with the Chemistry Department to Anaheim, California to attend the American Chemical Society Conference … highlight of my senior year! I was honored to be on the 2008 homecoming court and to be named 2011 Miss Ouachita Baptist University. Because my picture was posted on the Ouachita student intranet, everyone recognized me as Miss OBU… even on the days I wore a hat and sweats. I loved taking classes outside of the science building, including classes in politics, business, mass communication, and Christian studies. I miss chapel on Tuesdays. On the last night in the dorm before graduation, my roommates and I laid our beds together and had a slumber party in the living room.
Favorite Ouachita faculty or staff member, September 13
My research poster at the American Chemical Society Conference
Favorite Student life experience (club or organization), September 20
I think the girls will remember me as the director who never knew the lyrics. Even though I helped write the lyrics, I had the hardest time remembering them… much less teaching choreography with the lyrics. Instead I taught with counts, and we often joked about how I messed up the lyrics. I get it from my dad.
I was so proud of my “White House Secretaries.” Our show highlighted life in the White House. We received awards in costume and musicality, third place and crowd favorite!! To watch the show, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ID8lroznLc
What does Ouachita mean today or how has it helped you get to where you are today, September 27