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Monday, September 6, 2010

Memories of OBU in honor of Founder's Day

Today I have been asked by a friend who works for OBU (Hey Lori!) to write a small tribute to my college. I am more than happy to do that, as I had a wonderful college experience. I chose OBU because I was looking for a Christian college that was away from home, but not too far that I couldn't come home for a weekend if I wanted to. My dad took me to an OBU Open House in Memphis, and we met Mike Arrington. We were both impressed with all those we met. It then became a choice between Mississippi College and Ouachita. They were both great schools, but OBU came through with more scholarships, so my decision was made.

I did not know anyone else heading to OBU. I had to sign up for a roommate. Since I didn't know anyone, I said, "How about a girl from Texas?!" (Afterall, I grew up a die hard Cowboys fan!) and God provided me with great roommates every year.

While at Ouachita, I grew in so many ways. I made deep and lasting friendships that continue to this day. I received a wonderful education, one that has served me well. I married a lawyer, who became an overseas school administrator in Singapore. Then, we helped start a school in Turkey. My elementary education degree has been helpful in all the classes he's stuck me in!

While at Ouachita, I decided to try to graduate a year early to save money. I took 18 hour semesters and went to summer school. I developed good relationships with professors. My final year at OBU, Jeanna Westmoreland and others recommended me for a scholarship (unbeknownst to me) that nearly paid for my final year. God provided in every way.

On my graduation day in 1993, my older brother graduated on the same day from University of Memphis. A dear friend (and pilot) offered to fly my family down in a tiny plane so they could see us both graduate on the same day. My brother walked across his stage, took his diploma, and promptly walked right out the door. Then they all piled in a little 4 seater plane and flew down to Arkadelphia. I had left my car in the tiny airport with keys on the wheel. They drove to my graduation and made it just in time to see me walk across the stage.

The slogan for OBU back in 1990 when I started was, "The Best of Life" and truly it was. The three years I spent there and the investment it made in my life are truly some of the best.

Here's my family, pictured in the country we now call home...Turkey.
And how could I post about OBU without including this picture? Tough girls still made sure to have big hair...
I am blessed with lifelong friendships from my OBU days.
And my experiences in those years have served me well in all that God had planned for my life.

Thanks, OBU, and Happy Founder's Day!

11 comments:

Tara G. said...

I have a photo of that mosque on my wall- perhaps we'll get down your direction again before we're done here! I went to Cedarville and am also thankful for the wonderful college experience of a small Christian school!

Lori Motl said...

Thanks so much for participating in our OBU BlogAbout! Love the pictures. The "tough girls" picture made me laugh and brought back so many memories. Make sure to read the other stories that will soon be posted on www.obu.edu/blogabout.

Kelly said...

You were one of my favorite people at OBU!!!
P.S. I watched a show on the travel channel yesterday on Turkish food and was thinking of you the entire time!

Carpool Queen said...

Aww, Fish! I loved reading your story today, and so glad that we shared a Ouachita experience.

Anonymous said...

Loved this story . . . ! Ouachita was one of the colleges we looked at for Karoline, as was Mississippi College!

Hats off to Christian Schools -- They are truly wonderful!

Melanie

Deena said...

I have sweet memories from our time at OBU and our Thanksgiving car rides. I can't believe my enormous hair made the blog! Good times!

Gayla said...

Sarah! Thanks for sharing this! You were such an asset to OBU and TriChi! How delightful to see all that God has done and is doing in your life since then! Your family is darling!
Gayla McKinney

snoodlings.com said...

Sara Fish,

I just love you!

I'm so glad you're blogging so I can see whatever became to you after OBU.

I'm just so proud of you, friend! You are an amazing woman!!

snoodlings.com said...

P.S. I bought some phyllo dough to try to make your Turkish dish!! Wish me luck!! :)

Lori Motl said...

Okay...I'm sorry, but you have totally distracted me with the comment you left on my blog. I watched Days from 8th grade until I started at OBU a year ago. I still catch it late at night on Soapnet and I'll have you know that Jennifer Horton is my all time favorite character and I'm consumed with envy right now that your mom is buds with her!!!! Jennifer and Jack...oh, those were the days. And if I hear "Lady in Red" I see Patch and Kayla. I'm sorry...I have to go search Soapnet now...

Lori Motl said...

Okay, so your comment you left on my blog TOTALLY distracted me! I've watched Days since the 8th grade and my all time favorite character is Jennifer Horton! Her and Frankie...the Jennifer and Jack...It just doesn't get any better! And your mom is buds with her!? I'm consumed with envy...I'm sorry, I have to go search Soapnet and see if I can get a fix...

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