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OCCC Student Spotlight

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Yvonne Alex

Oklahoma City, OK and Minco, OK

Yvonne Alex is a journalism student at OCCC from Oklahoma City. She was looking for affordability, a challenge and instructors who are passionate about their jobs and their students. Alex says she found what she was searching for at OCCC.

Why did you choose OCCC?

The campus is close to home and it offers the dynamics I was looking for with affordable classes.

What do you like best about your classes?

I attend classes with adults ranging in age from 18 and up, plus many ethnicities. I can't think of another environment that supports this range of diversity.

What’s your favorite class?

The semester is young, but it's a close run between Magazine Feature Writing and Comparative Religions. Both are going to be challenging.

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

Yes, journalism is my major. I have a fantastic advisor that has been invaluable through the process. Professor Hinton is passionate about journalism and has introduced aspects of the profession that has given me a whole new appreciation for it, an appreciation that I didn't have coming into the program.

I've also been to Freedom of Information meetings and enjoyed meeting professionals in journalism as well as civic and community leaders who graduated from OCCC.

What do you like best about campus life?

Opportunities. If I choose to, I can apply for scholarships, join campus clubs, volunteer with partners of OCCC in service-learning, or swim at the pool. It's all a balance here of work and play. It's all up to me how involved or uninvolved I am. I love it.

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

Recently I helped with Opening Day campus tours and met some terrific people. I participated in service learning last semester as part of my volunteer requirements for the President's Leadership class. I have connections with several organizations as a result of that experience and have made new friends in the process. It was a great experience.

I also worked part time with Human Resources last semester and began with the Pioneer this semester.

How has OCCC surprised you or differed from your expectations?

From my first online class 'New Student Orientation' I have seen high standards exhibited by leaders, staff and professors. They have been very impressive. I didn't expect the amount of support I've received since enrolling at OCCC. There are so many people that deserve recognition for the intricate part they've played in my educational success.

How do you like your instructors?

I've been very happy with most of my professors. If I had a difficult class I sought out help from another source on campus. I have really been lucky.

What are your plans following graduation?

I'd like to work with a non-profit organization or build on my hopes of publishing books for youth.

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

Absolutely. It's a great environment to get your feet wet if you've been out of college for awhile, and for my children, it will be a jumping off point.

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

Research your classes and know what your degree requires. Talk with an academic advisor and determine if you are on the right path. Also, take advantage of the wealth of knowledge available from students currently attending. I've had several students offer advice on purchasing books and ways to save money. If someone hasn't ever been in a college setting it can be daunting, there's a lot to navigate.

What else can you share about your academic experience?

Overall I've been very happy with my education at OCCC. I've had opportunities to talk to so many different people from cultures all over the world.

What are some of your hobbies outside the classroom?

I organize and participate in our community's neighborhood patrol; I am active with our homeowner's association and I enjoy traveling and photography.