OCCC Student Spotlight

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Chris Hanna

Moore, OK
Nursing

Chris Hanna from Moore, Oklahoma knew he wanted to be a part of a strong program within his major. He found that at OCCC, within the nursing department.

Why did you choose OCCC?

Oklahoma City Community College has the best pass rate for the NCLEX-RN exam, the exam to obtain a nursing license. I wanted to be a part of that program.

What do you like best about your classes?

The things I like best about OCCC are the reasonable class sizes and the instructors I’ve had who are willing to go above and beyond to assist in the learning process. Whether it’s meeting in their office to discuss internship opportunities or giving a little one-on-one teaching outside the class hour to explain complex and theoretical ideas, the instructors at Oklahoma City Community College are awesome.

What’s your favorite class?

My favorite class has been Dr. Hirtzel’s Anatomy and Physiology classes. His class is tough but in the end, you know the information. He took his time during difficult concepts to ensure his students grasped the information. He encouraged questions and an interactive environment; most students in my class were not timid or afraid to search for the answer.

If you have declared a major and are in a program – what do you like best about the program?

In the nursing program the instructors are tough, but as you pass each course level, you get to know your instructor’s true personality even better. The instructors I’ve had are very professional. Outside the classroom is where you see their personality and friendlier side. They are very welcoming.

What do you like best about campus life?

Campus life at OCCC can be as active as you want it to be. I have been vice president of a club, president of another club, co-chair of The Leadership Council, and am currently serving as chair of The Leadership Council.

The clubs I’m a member of have held picnics, built floats for a parade and organized several bake sales. The leadership retreats are a “do not miss” as far as activities go. I would have missed a lot if I had not gotten involved. The friends I’ve made and the experiences I’ve had in the process are the best part of my college life.

What campus activities are you in/or have you been in involved in the past?

I have been involved in many campus events and activities, including New Student Orientation, leadership retreats, bake sales, and the organization fair. I’m currently serving as the chair of The Leadership Council and am a member of eleven clubs and organizations on campus.

How has OCCC surprised you or differed from your expectations?

Being an older student, over 35, I expected to be a bit of an outcast. Reality is, my age is about the average age in my classes; some students are much younger, others are over sixty-five. In any case, age has not been a factor in how I’ve been accepted by the other students or instructors.

How do you like your instructors?

My instructors have been awesome! They are so willing to help us learn and most bend over backwards to assist us in understanding the material.  

What are your plans following graduation?

Following graduation I will sadly say good bye and move on to another college to continue my nursing pursuits. I have chosen the University of Oklahoma which offers to use OCCC as their north campus. Maybe I’ll be able to take a few more classes at O-Trip.

I plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing and continue on to become a nurse anesthetist. Following a ten-year stint as a nurse anesthetist, I hope to return to O-Trip to teach nursing school.

Would you recommend OCCC to friends and if so, why?

I have recommended O-Trip to several people based on the school NCLEX-RN pass rate, the small class sizes and great campus activities.

What advice would you offer to friends who are planning to enroll at OCCC?

The advice I would give is to get involved in campus life. Get the full experience of college; the friends you make and people you meet could very well result in contacts for a job in the future.

What else can you share about your academic experience?

If there is an opportunity to take The President’s Leadership Class, I’d say, “Take it.” The experience of meeting prominent members of the community as well as the skills you acquire in communication and etiquette are invaluable.