It is a question asked at every family gathering. No, not if you have a significant other. The other question—what is your plan after you graduate?
Paige Adams, a 2019 fall graduate, is currently working as the Business Support Coordinator for Heartland Payment Systems—planning conferences, meetings and parties for over 1000 attendees.
In a recent interview with the Talon, Adams discussed how Oklahoma Christian University prepared her for life after college and the weight her degree holds.
What advice would you give students graduating this spring?
To the graduating seniors, I would say, give yourself some grace. No one has it all figured out anyways. Don’t get so caught up in thinking you need to do what is expected of you that you forget what you want to do. It’s your life, live it.
How did your time at Oklahoma Christian prepare you for the modern world?
My time at OC helped prepare me in many ways, both inside and outside of academics. PR is such a multifaceted field, and through OC I was given so many opportunities to explore the different elements of it. From events, social media, analytics, law and journalism, I was able to learn about all of it, which was such a rich experience.
What do you miss the most about being a full-time student?
What I miss most about OC is what I loved most about OC—the community. It’s so special and so unique, from the students to the faculty and staff. There is truly nothing else like it.
What Oklahoma Christian class taught you the most in preparation for the real world?
There were so many classes I loved during my time at OC. The first was Jeff McMillon’s Christian family class. I was skeptical of this class when I took it, thinking it would be a ‘ring by spring 101,’ but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This class teaches communication, boundaries and how to effectively be in a relationship with everyone around you. This is so crucial and so important no matter what profession you decide to go into.
If you could go back and start college again, what would you change and what would you keep the same?
Something that I would keep would be getting involved and staying involved in anything that interests you. Is there a group you want to join? Join it. A position you want to run for? Go for it. A hobby or an elective you want to try? Try it. Do your friends want to go on a last-minute trip? Go. College is short and it goes by fast, remember that you only miss the opportunities you didn’t take.
Something I would change would be caring so much about what others thought about my choices. Give yourself some grace and do what’s right for you.
What are a few things that make you proud to say you graduated from Oklahoma Christian?
The title of Oklahoma Christian University carries such high esteem in the community. Knowing that I graduated from a university that is respected for its academic credibility and the faith for which it is grounded in means so much.