In the next few weeks I talked to advisors, filled out applications, visited campus, talked to the financial aid manager, looked at housing, and made arrangements. The way everything just fell into place was amazing. In merely a month or two, I went from feeling lost and discouraged and unhappy with my educational options, to accepted and enrolled at a university I had never even considered. Not only that, but I had a place to live and a job ready and waiting. That summer, I decided that if I was going to be moving a few hours from home, I needed something more reliable to drive. In another story of God’s complete provision, I found a better car and sold my old pickup for the exact same amount. I was ready to embark on my new journey, and there was no doubt in my mind that I was following God’s plan for my life. It was the first time that I truly felt that way, but it wouldn’t be the last.
Early in the fall, my Mom and my Sister-in-law helped me load up all my stuff and move to my new home. Little did I know how accurately the word “home” would describe it. I had a great first semester. I hadn’t made many friends yet, but my classes were great and I quickly felt a school spirit growing that I had never felt at any school or any college I had ever been a part of before.
I had been involved in an organization called Baptist Collegiate Ministries or BCM (formerly known as Baptist Student Union or BSU) at the college from which I’d transferred. At the beginning of my second semester, I remembered the fun and friends I’d enjoyed at the BCM, so I began searching out a similar group. What I found was the OU BSU. I was welcomed in the doors with open arms, quickly included in activities, and started making friendships that would help shape the rest of my college experience. At the end of the semester, I applied to be on a Ministry Team for the following school year and put my name on a board for people looking for roommates. By the time I left for the summer, I had two roommates lined up to live in an apartment off campus, and was set to be on a ministry team led by a couple named the Gorees.