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Elizabeth Edem

Elizabeth Edem
Elizabeth Edem

Areas of Study

Economics with a Minor in Mathematics

Hometown

Edmond, Oklahoma

Describe your senior year in 3 words.

Enlightening. Effervescent. Empowering.

What advice would you give to next year's freshman class?

Regardless of what anyone says, your GPA does not define you. It's just one piece of the puzzle that makes you who you are. If you focus on genuinely learning and growing as person, you'll end up with fewer sleepless nights and more precious memories.

For students who are new to the OKC area, what is one place they should visit or restaurant they should try?

The Escape OKC!

What will you miss most about OCU?

I'll definitely miss the community here. OCU attracts a special type of student filled with passion and purpose, and all of the different people and personalities I've experienced over the last four years will never be forgotten.

What professor or staff member stands out from your time here, and why?

Dr. Willner taught the first course I took at OCU, and I spoke to him for a few minutes after the first day. I definitely think that my path at OCU would have been different if I hadn't made a connection like that so early on. Dr. Willner has always encouraged me to put myself out there and trust that I'll succeed. He's a great professor and mentor, and MSB (Meinders School of Business) is lucky to have him.

What was your most memorable moment from this school year?

This year I cut my winter break short and went to an OSLEP course the first week of January. The topic was ubiquitous technology, and it was the best way to kick off my spring semester. We had a lot of fun conversations about the current state of technology and what the future could look like, but the conversations were always grounded in reality. I love talking about technology, so it was a lot of fun to break down different concepts and puzzle through different predictions and implications with people just as excited as I was.

What is one thing you'd like to say to your family and/or friends on your graduation day?

Thank you for being the best support group I could ever ask for! Whether I ramble for hours on end or struggle to find the words to say, you're always willing to listen to me and let me know that I'm being heard. All the encouragement that was freely given over the past four years has helped make me the person I am today, and I'm thankful for each and every one of you!

What are your plans after graduation?

I'll be spending a gap year teaching English in South Korea before going to grad school for International and Comparative Education!