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Evan Juedeman

Evan Juedeman
Evan Juedeman

Area of Study

Mass Communications


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Describe your senior year in 3 words.

Confident. Grateful. Accomplished.

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

Be fearless. College is all about new experiences, and these years will fly by faster than you think. Make friends, contribute in classes, go on little adventures! The sooner you realize that nearly everyone here is in the same boat as you regardless of major, the easier it is to reach out and start making lifelong friends and memories. Also, do NOT be afraid to change your major. College is all about honing your talents into a profession for your life. If you feel like something isn't right, do your homework on options and find the fit that's best for you!

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

As an OKC native, it's so hard to narrow this down. But, if you're looking for something close to campus, I would definitely visit Craig's Curious Emporium, and Picasso Café. Relatively affordable and unique.

What will you miss most about OCU?

Well, I'm actually not leaving really, as I am now a staff member, but I think I will miss seeing the school through the eyes of a student. That thrill of your first college class, or even the first time stepping on campus.

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

If I had to narrow this down to one person, I would have to say Matt Hamilton, Professor and Chair of the Mass Communications Department. Dr. Hamilton always goes above and beyond for his students both in and out of the classroom, as he is also an academic advisor. He has been absolutely instrumental in my success not only as a student here, but in becoming a PR practitioner. Dr. Hamilton was also one of the main reasons why I changed my major from Business Administration to Mass Communications. Besides him, really all of the professors in Mass Comm., and also all of the staff in Admissions, Financial Services, Communications, and everyone else I've had the opportunity to work with as a work-study student.

What was your most memorable moment from this school year?

This spring, I had worked my scheduling around (thanks to summer classes and Dr. Hamilton) to where all I had left was my Senior Seminar (capstone) and my 4-hour chemistry class. After different scheduling schemes, I ended up in both classes with three other mass comm majors: Becquer Gomez, Julianne Thomison, and Nicole Waltman. Throughout the semester, we had a fun time in both classes, and spent many sessions of seminar laughing and reminiscing. I will always remember the "Chem Crew" and the friendship we solidified this year.

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

Thank you so much for your support, and making my dream of OCU not just possible, but wonderful. Thank you for being with me through all the ups and few downs, and above all for the memories. My years here have been some of the best, and I can't wait for what's to come.

What are your plans after graduation?

As I mentioned, I have been and will be a staff member of OCU as the Communications Specialist in Enrollment Operations! I am beyond thrilled that I have the opportunity to not only utilize the skills I have learned and refined in my classes, but also to work for an organization that I so believe in.