I chose OBU because of who??
Sappy story time! I grew up in, what used to be a small neighborhood, called Lakeview in Oklahoma City. Even though there was no real view of a lake, there was the Lee’s house right across the street. The story goes that when when we moved to Lakeview, the Lee’s youngest daughter Rachel, came over, knocked on our door, and proceeded to ask if we “got any kids?” I was about 1 and a 1/2 years old at the time and she was about 4. My parents answered yes, not knowing that their answer would lead to a lifelong friendship full of laughter, trips to the beach, picnics, stuffed animal parties, soccer games, and eventually, college.
That being said, my decision to go to OBU was not a simple one. I am probably one of the most indecisive people I know. I applied to 6 colleges, and finally narrowed it down to 2 by April. I was either going far away and out of state, or a little under an hour from my home, and I could not decide.
Eventually, God showed me that I needed to be at Oklahoma Baptist. Part of why I ultimately chose OBU was to be close to Rachel again. I had gone 2 years with not having her right by my side like old times and it was pretty tough.
Although, I would not recommend making decisions solely on where your friends are. My friend was not the only reason I picked OBU. There are so many great reasons why I am here, and why I love this place; but having Rachel here is like a whole bunch of icing on the cake.
Watching her go through life a couple years ahead of me has resulted in me asking her of ton of questions. Of course, as a freshman I have a lot, but most of the time Rachel has an answer. She has supported me along every path I take, and I am so happy to get to call her a best friend. Life is truly more fun with friends who guide you and support you.
Rachel also has a heart for Christ. My red school year of Super Summer they asked us to think of people we can see God working through. At the time I wasn’t sure what that meant or if I even knew people like that. Now I know I see Him in many of my close friends, including Rachel. I believe this is an essential part of life; being close with those who follow the Lord. Essential because the saying “you are who you hang out with” is very true. Placing people in your life who make you want to be a better person and lead you closer to God can make a world of difference in how you live your life.
Ultimately, I chose OBU because I knew I would grow in my relationship with Christ immensely, and that there would be people here to help guide me along the way to figuring out what He wants me to do with my life.
So, make decisions based on what is going to pull you closer to the One who is above all things, the One who gives us purpose, and the One who puts people like Rachel in your life.
I am talking to myself too when I say this, because being so indecisive I am always questioning my decisions; like for example, my major. Am I taking the right courses? Do I really want to have this career? Would I like this other major better? Or money. Do I have enough to pay for next semester? Will I need to take out loans? Should I apply for more scholarships? Will I even get those scholarships? Should I take up more hours at my job? SO many choices to be made.
Then again, I am learning, slowly but surely thanks to OBU and the people here, that I need to trust in His plan, and be open to what He has in store. For these reasons I am reminded of why I chose OBU, and I am very glad that I did.