OCU Graduate Full of Gratitude

Lennon Mueller, recent OCU grad

I have had the unique experience of seeing things at OCU from a student perspective, and now from a staff perspective, and the two views are quite different.

I came here as a freshman in 2009. At the time, I was trying to decide between OCU, Purdue University, and the University of Toledo. Each university meant a different path in my life. In the end, I felt that God was calling me to OCU even though I didn't understand why. I struggled tremendously during my time here, failing simple classes like Computer Lit and even Student Success. Financial Aid knew me by name because I couldn't pay my bills on time.

One day, while sitting in my advisor, Larry Olson's office, the weight of my failure and defeat crushing me, I asked him if any other student in his decades of experience had messed up as badly as I had. He shook his head. By all accounts I had failed not only myself, but God who called me here, and my family who was supporting me. I began to realize that my efforts were no longer cutting it, and something had to change.

Then I met Matt Decker when he came on board. After our very first conversation about grad school and the future, I went back to my dorm and broke down. That was a turning point for me, I began to work hard and did everything I could to redeem my GPA over the next 3 semesters. I met many staff and faculty members along the way that extended grace to me when I didn't deserve it.

Graduation was the most triumphant moment of my life to date. God reached down and pulled me out of the pit I had dug for myself through the grace and patience the staff and faculty extended to me. Looking back I realize that God knew exactly what He was doing when He called me to OCU.

Lennon Mueller
Research Associate