Hello! My name is Alanna Sellinger & I’m a sophomore here at the University of Oklahoma! These past few weeks of school have been absolutely crazy—for me, it’s always hard to get back into a school routine after the carefree months of summer! But I guess for starters, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself, so here it goes…

Like I said before, my name is Alanna (rhymes with Hannah if you’re curious…) and I’m from Spring, TX, which is actually 30 minutes north of Houston. Yes, it’s a very far drive to OU—7 ½ hours to be precise. And you’re probably wondering what brought me to OU. To be honest, when I was first looking at different schools during my junior/senior years, I was convinced on staying in-state. Texas is big enough as it is so there was no need to be farther in a different state! After looking at a few schools, though, they just weren’t clicking. The campuses were nice, the tour was great, but I just didn’t see myself being with the people we passed while we were on the tour, and I didn’t see myself learning in those lecture halls we visited. Until one day, one of my friends (who was going to OU) convinced me to visit. Seriously, the only reason I went to visit was because every other school on my list was crossed out. So I visited and literally, fell.in.love. And looking back on my college decision process, I feel like it was almost like finding a soul mate for myself…finding “the ONE!” But yes, OU was it for me—the campus is breath-taking, the academics are outstanding, and the campus activities and involvement opportunities are beyond belief. I saw myself everywhere. One thing I was hesitant to believe, though, was how everyone always said OU felt so small once you got here. How in the world could a school with this many undergrads feel SMALL!? But now that I’m here, I’ve found it to be so true. I quickly found that I wasn’t another ID number or another student paying thousands of dollars for an education. To the faculty and to my professors, I was a student who had a vision and everyone was willing to help. And that’s why I chose OU—I was willing to sacrifice the distance from home to be a part of the Sooner Family. And not even for a second have I regretted it!

Next item about me: ACTIVITIES!

What am I involved in, you ask??! Well for starters, I was involved in the President’s Community Scholars program last year when I was a freshman. During freshman year, you’re an active PCS member because you have weekly meetings that are seriously THEBOMB.com. We would have deans and other important faculty and staff from around campus come and talk with us about various topics or even give bios (that were so cool!) about how they got to where they are today. Plus, we got to visit President Boren’s house in the spring! And that was amazing! If you want to see more of what PCS does, check out their website—it’s through the leadership development and volunteerism office. Another fun thing I got involved in last year was Campus Activities Council. If you love Student Council, you will be deathly obsessed with CAC because it’s basically StuCo on steroids because there’s literally always an executive committee to apply for, or some event that needs volunteers. I was on the executive committee for Sooner Scandals last spring which is a song and dance show that the sororities and fraternities on campus compete in. Each sorority and fraternity gets paired up and has to “produce” a 15 minute song/dance performance based on that year’s announced theme. So needless to say, it was the coolest executive committee to be on!  Additionally, I’m obsessed with the OU Baptist Student Union! This was the very first thing I got plugged in with when I was at OU and I’m so happy that I got involved! I met virtually all of my very best friends through the BSU and their weekly Thursday night service, Paradigm, is so challenging! And finally this year I went through rush in August and pledged Gamma Phi Beta! So snaps for that. I didn’t really know much about Greek life coming in as a freshman, so I didn’t want to plunge myself into something that I had no clue about. But, after freshman year, I had met a lot of great friends who were all in sorority houses so I decided to go through rush as a sophomore! And I’m so happy I did because I’m loving everything about it so far. One thing I feel people tend to think about OU is that it’s all about going Greek. Although a lot of OU is revolved around Greek life, there are seriously endless amounts of organizations that aren’t in the Greek system. So if you feel going Greek isn’t your style, not to worry one bit!

Well, that’s all I can think of for now, but I’ll be back! There’s so much more to talk about—hope you have a great weekend! BOOMER SOONER!

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4 Responses to “Oh You Sooners…”

  1. Kim on September 17th, 2010 9:31 am

    A question regarding tuition do you pay out of state tuition? Is there any break for kids from Texas with good GPA and ACT scores? I know that some of the Oklahoma schools will wave the out state just wondering if OU is one of them.


  2. Alanna on September 17th, 2010 11:55 am

    Hi Kim!
    Great question! I do pay out of state tuition, however, because of my resume, test scores and whatnot, I received the President’s Community Scholars scholarship and the University Scholar scholarship upon entering my freshmen year. If you go to the go2 website and check out the freshmen scholarships, you’ll see that all of the scholarships awarded to out of state students is much higher than Oklahoma residents. The PCS scholarship was a partial tuition waver over all 4 years, and the other scholarship I received was just for freshmen year. If you talk to your area recruiter, they can tell you which scholarships are “stackable” and “nonstackable”…meaning you can receive and accept all of them, or you receive them, but you must choose because you can’t get both. For example a student can’t get the President’s Community Scholars and President’s Leadership Class Scholarships (aka nonstackable). Hope that helps! But do know, that when you fill out your application for OU, you automatically are applying for every freshmen scholarship as well! So be sure to fill out those short answer questions thoroughly and be sure to include ALL your activities, community service, leadership positions, jobs, and so on!!
    And feel free to ask more questions if you think of something! BOOMER SOONER 🙂

  3. Hannah on September 28th, 2010 1:28 pm

    What is invovled in the rush process? I really want to pledge when I come to OU next year, but I don’t really understand how it works…

  4. AlannaS on September 28th, 2010 3:28 pm

    I’ll post a blog about it because that’s an awesome question! Oh, and I’m SO glad that you’re excited about coming to OU next year! 🙂

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