My name is Michelle Cox and I am a Junior Nutritional Sciences major.

As an incoming transfer student last year, I remember the stress & anxiety of fitting into a new school, a new community, a new life. I came in only half confident that I had made the right decision to transfer. I'll never forget my first day of school. I was just overwhelmed ? a sea of new faces, buildings that all looked the same (not to mention the maze of hallways in each), & classes of 200 people. I kept thinking, Is this really the place for me? However each day got better & better. My transition to OSU was quick and easy. Some of that was because I adapt easily to change, but I credit a large part of my smooth conversion into a Cowboy to the OSU faculty. I was lucky enough to squeeze into a student position in the Student Affairs office. Everyone in the office has embraced & guided me, and I have no regrets about my decision to come here. It's hard to believe I've only been here for a year; it feels like I have known these people my entire life. That is what I love about OSU. Everyone, faculty & students, sincerely cares about each other. This may sound crazy, but it really is hard to find an unfriendly person here. I couldn't have asked for anything more from a university than what OSU has to offer.

Chris Parker, Business Economics and Quantitative Studies Senior

I started my career at OSU three years ago when I moved up with my best friend. I had lived in Norman for my entire life and had planned to go to OU until the fall of my senior year in high school. Needless to say, I was a pretty nervous guy. I quickly found a group of guys that I liked to hang out with and joined their fraternity. From there I got to meet some of the most influential students at the university and had dim hopes of one day being one of the few that achieve their stature on campus.

It took me 2.5 years to get to where I wanted to be at OSU. That time was filled with some very fun events and achievements and an embarrassing amount of failure. I am pleased with my college career, and have learned more from my failures than from my successes. I may not have accomplished everything that I wanted to get done, but I am proud of what I have done to date. I look forward to the experiences that will be offered to me in my last year as a Cowboy as I prepare for graduate school in Australia next fall.