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Home Sweet Okla-home-a

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

Greetings from Norman! It's been quite the week – lots of traveling, moving, and activities. We started off with the 8.5 hour drive to Norman on Monday and a bit of town exploration. There are plenty of tasty restaurants and snack spots around here! I moved into my dorms in the Couch Center on Tuesday, August 10. It's tiny (but cozy!) and slowly starting to feel like home. My roommate Avery is very nice and organized – we're quickly becoming good friends. We started "Camp Crimson," the orientation camp for freshmen, on the 13th. It's the first year that OU has done the camp with all freshmen at the same time, so it's been somewhat disorganized but a great way to meet people. Many of our activities have been mandatory trainings, but we've had some fun ones too like campus tours, relay races, Norman vendor fairs, and a class kickoff event at the football stadium complete with fireworks and a flyover. I have a few more days of camp before Rush officially starts, then school! It's certainly been a bittersweet time; it's been fun exploring a new place and meeting so many people, but I can't say I don't miss home, family, and friends a ton. I've appreciated all the love and support over the past week – I'm so thankful to have such a wonderful cheering squad as I head into this new adventure!


One of the events I attended this week was a talk by one of the admissions directors here at OU. She told the story of how David Ross Boyd, OU's first president, was tasked with building the university from the ground up. Upon stepping foot on the largely empty campus, he looked around and exclaimed, "Oh, what possibilities!" His first order of business was to fill the grounds with trees. When the university ran out of money to buy trees, he grew his own in his front yard. Thus, the "seed sower" has become OU's unofficial symbol, a representation of the vision and spirit of growth upon which the university was founded. I'm hoping to carry that spirit with me along my journey. It's so easy to be afraid of the uncertainty and challenges ahead, but it's a lot more fun to look around and think, "Oh, what possibilities!" There seem to be many around here...


xoxo,

Taylor


Photo captions (L to R starting with top row): Our (packed full) OK-bound chariot; Couch Center – I live on the 11th floor. The round building you see in the photo (AKA "The Caf") is the main dining hall for freshmen and home to the world's only all-you-care-to-eat Chick-fil-A; The view out my dorm window – there's a small park across the street from me and the buildings you see are other student residences; Dorm sweet dorm! The decor is still a work in progress...; Celebrating my new membership in OU's Class of 2025 (the largest class in its history); Class kickoff at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium where I had my first official sighting of the Sooner Schooner; In front of OU's beautiful library (AKA "The Biz"); My Camp Crimson group – or at least the 60% that continued to show up to events!; Inside the Great Reading Room in the library.







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susan.harpe13
susan.harpe13
23 ago 2021

Hi Taylor! Your blog is such a great idea. Sounds like things are going well (I talked to your Dad this evening—congratulation!!). I‘ll look forward to your updates!

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sfrow1
21 ago 2021

We are looking forward to see which sorority loves you most. No doubt, several do! Let us know when the verdict is in. You couldn't have believed you'd get so many sisters!

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kswegle
20 ago 2021

Hey Tay! Glad to see you are settling in, love the blog and all the photos - what a beautiful campus! Have fun!! Kate 😊

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dphaney1
17 ago 2021

Great stuff T. Looking forward to updates. Go get 'em!

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sfrow1
17 ago 2021

Hi Taylor. Happy Rushing today.We're cheering you on.


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