I have been home from OSU for less than a week, but it seems like forever. I’ve been trying to pinpoint why I miss it so much, and then it dawned on me. There isn’t a reason. There are a multitude of things that make Stillwater and OSU totally different than anywhere else.
1) When I moved home, I left my new family behind.
Walking around campus feels like one big family reunion sometimes. Not the yucky kind with the estranged cousins and the bossy, overbearing grandma trying to run the show. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the kind when you get together to have fun, hang out, and create new memories — the happy kind. We are all connected. I’m not sure what causes it. It’s deeper than school pride. We’re connected as a student body, connected with the faculty, and connected to the community.
2) I feel like a part of the community of Stillwater now.
Something that sets OSU and Stillwater apart is how intertwined they are. As students we are encouraged to participate in volunteer organizations, community activities, and truly become Stillwater residents instead of just campus residents. The people of Stillwater don’t act resentful or irritated by the presence of copious amounts of college students nine (or more) months of the year. Let’s be honest, the term “college town” often invokes not-so-warm-or-fuzzy feelings in people. That’s a foreign concept to many Stillwater dwellers from my experiences.
3) I miss the environment of campus.
Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live, but some things just aren’t the same. I miss hearing a multitude of foreign languages being spoken as groups of exchange students excitedly discuss, well, I’m not sure what they were discussing seeing as I don’t speak their language unless it is Spanish. I miss walking around under the trees that have been there since before my grandparents were in school. I miss the sounds of groups of friends laughing and playing games on library lawn between classes. I miss hearing the music floating through my open window from the Beta house in the afternoons. I miss breathing in the smells of the flowers on campus unhindered by tobacco fumes. I miss the giggles and squeals of the kids at the early childhood playground near my dorm. I shall stop here, but trust me, there is much much more.
In fact, there are so many things that I miss that require less explanation that the rest will simply be a list…
4) Greatest student union in the world. ‘Nuff said.
5) Weird women’s restrooms with couches in the engineering buildings. (Great for crying about VBA assignments is what I’ve heard. But seriously, must have been designed by a man.)
6) The awesome RAs and RD in my dorm
7) Toby the serivce dog that lived on my floor. Cutest golden retriever ever.
8) Teachers and TA’s with fantastic accents. Canadian, Australian, Chinese, the list goes on.
9) Making eye contact with Sylvia when said teachers pronounced Greek letters in equations. (“Oh-mih-ger” = omega. Personal fav.)
10) The boot shaped topiary by Theta pond. So cool.
11) Orange. Orange everywhere. Not just orange, though. It’s America’s brightest.
12) Home of Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys football team, winners of the Fiesta Bowl 2012.
Let’s be honest here. Oklahoma State University is a part of who I am. I have bled orange from the time I was born. But, even after just one year in Stillwater, OSU has become an even greater part of who I am, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. So look out Stillwater, because after this summer my friends and I will be back to pick up right where we left off. Go Pokes!