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OCCC Student Spotlight

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Kenneth Meador

Moore, OK
Political Science

Sophomore student, Kenneth Meador once said that he and school “didn’t get along.” After three tours of duty in Iraq, serving as a health care specialist, Meador returned home to earn his education from OCCC in political science. Meador also has plans to further his education by earning his Jurist Doctorate and providing legal counsel to military members and their families.

Why did you choose OCCC?

My wife pointed me in the direction of OCCC. I was pretty nervous about starting school again because I had been out of school for more than ten years. She had taken some courses here and spoke highly of the school, the professors and the learning environment.

What do you like best about your classes?

I really enjoy being around other students that challenge my ideas and help me come to a better understanding of the course material.

 What’s your favorite class?

My favorite two classes so far have been Advocates of Peace taught by Professor Stephen Morrow and Introduction to Law taught by Professor Dana Glencross. In Advocates of Peace, students get a much broader understanding of peace advocates like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Howard Zinn. In my Intro to Law class, we had the chance to do legal research at the OU law library and actually try a mock case in class.

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

I am a political science major. What I like best about the program is how the classes have challenged some of the beliefs and ideas that I hold and forced me to reevaluate the way that I see the world. 

What do you like best about campus life?

I really like the laid back atmosphere of the campus and how open everything is here.

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

I’ve been President of the College Democrats, a member of Advocates of Peace, a member of the Christ Campus Fellowship, and a member of the Gay Straight Alliance. OCCC provides clubs of all types for all students who may have varied interests.

How has OCCC surprised you or differed from your expectations?

When I first started here I was pretty nervous about what the experience would be like. I’ve been thrilled to find out that all the instructors and staff at OCCC are really trying to ensure that we succeed as students.

How do you like your instructors?

I’ve had great instructors in all the departments of the college. From math to history, the level of instruction and teaching has been great.

What internship opportunities have you had? 

I participated in the Civic Honors program and completed that this spring in preparation for graduation.

What are your plans following graduation?

I am heading to the University of Oklahoma to finish my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and to attend Law School.

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

I would recommend OCCC to anyone who is looking for a great educational experience.

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

Put your best foot forward ever day. That is, if you put forth 100 percent, your instructors will be there to back you up 100 percent. Also, get involved in the college clubs, and the friendships and experiences you have there will last a lifetime.

What are some of your hobbies outside the classroom? 

I like to read, play guitar, hang out with my eight-year-old son, and watch sports on TV when I am not studying.