The Oakridge School's newest alumni returned to campus Jan. 8 to talk about their first semester experiences as college freshmen.
Upper School students in grades 11 and 12 heard from the Class of 2019's Sage Abram, Samford University; Darren Asmussen, Baylor University; Sheridan Davis, University of Oklahoma; Faith Daniels, SMU; Davis Le, Texas Christian University; Olivia McLean, North Carolina A&T State University; Camille Meshack, Howard University; Chandler Nichols, University of Arkansas; Janae Pierson, Harding University; and Tate Woody, Stephen F. Austin State University.
The undergraduates addressed topics that ranged from developing a good working relationship with professors to balancing course loads, taking advantage of resources offered on campus, and more.
Camille Meshack, studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., while Olivia McLean, studies at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Both schools are HBCUs, or historically black colleges and universities, and have predominantly African-American student bodies. McLean and Meshack discussed as meaningful the ways in which they have been able to connect and interact with more peers and educators of color.
Darren Asmussen, now studying at Baylor, emphasized the importance of time management, while Davis Le, discussed the importance of students seeking out someone to talk to if they are feeling overwhelmed with school and other concerns. Le is enrolled at TCU, which has a mental health center. "It's okay to talk to someone when you are feeling stressed out," Le said.
All of the students agreed on one key piece of advice – that students should go to class! Samford's Sage Abram emphasized that not all professors will notice whether a student is in class, so it is up to the student to be present, to do the readings, and stay involved.
The alumni panel was moderated by Kellen Lewis, the director of the Office of College Advising. The office and Oakridge Parents' Club will sponsor Oakridge's third annual College Night: Deans' Panel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Leaders with Spelman, Trinity College, Tulane University, and the University of Oklahoma will be present.