Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Student Amber Ginter

As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I know what to major in?", "Why doesn't this guy who seems perfect for me text me back?" My answers, respectively, are:  “Yes, yes, and yes. But, she's awesome. Don't worry. You will figure it out. I am not one to give ‘guy advice’, but maybe God is telling you he isn't ‘the one’?”

Such questions go on and on. One thing remains: No matter what your class at the start of a new school year, college can be scary!  If you handle it appropriately, your year can be one of the most exciting, fun, and life-changing experiences ever. Here are three things no one tells you about coming to OCU but probably should:

1) OCU isn't like other Christian colleges:  Friends here tell me they attended other Christian colleges.  When I ask about their experiences there and if they added to their faith and growth, they go silent. "OCU requires you to go to Chapel and get spiritual formation credits?" they ask. "You graduate with a Biblical studies degree from all of the required religion credits? That's crazy! My college didn't require that, but it was still a good school," they conclude. Those schools may have been good. What sets OCU apart is the foundation it instills through vigorous coursework, a Godly core, and overall physical, mental, social, and spiritual strengthening and growth. Take time to appreciate these values and realize, though OCU isn't like other colleges, it exemplifies what Christian colleges should be.

2) OCU will take you out of your ‘comfort zone’:  That's okay. When I first started at OCU as a nervous freshman, I was reserved and somewhat uninvolved. As a commuter, I went to classes and drove right home without getting involved in anything or anyone, including new friends. My school experiences were minimal. My growth stagnated in many dimensions. But, God works in mysterious ways. Once I became open to changes He was making in my life, I realized living in my comfort zone brought sorrow. Yet, living outside of the bubble brought more joy than I knew possible. Finally, learning to participate in school activities, make friends, and stretch myself transformed me in ways I see in myself and as others witness through me. I'm no longer reserved and uninvolved. Don't be surprised if you see me all over campus—it's is an example of how God can move in your life here, if you allow Him.

3) Your OCU professors, advisor's, and staff become some of the best friends that you will ever meet:  Before I started here, my high school teachers told me professors would never care about me personally whether I did good work or not. Their indifference would foster independence because no one cares for you if you don't care for yourself. The first part of that statement couldn't be farther from the truth! Yes, you need to foster looking out for yourself. Yes, you have to care about your responsibilities. However, unlike other colleges, staff and professors you meet at OCU do care.  They do want what is best for you. Get this: they care about your social life as much as your academic life.  I consider many of them good friends, talk to them outside of class, and know for a fact that they care about my education as much, if not more, than I do. That's special to say about a Christian university and about college in general. It is my prayer for each of you that you let them be there for you too.

What no one tells you about coming to OCU? It's worth so much more than what you pay for tuition, housing, and food. It’s a priceless experience that will impact your life for the Kingdom of God in more ways than you can ever count.

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Published: April 18, 2019

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OCU Doubles Internet Connection Capacity

OCU Doubles Internet Connection Capacity image

Published: November 28, 2012

Ohio Christian University (OCU) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant that will enable OCU to double the capacity of its Internet connection. The increase will benefit all students in their educational pursuits. In this current Digital Age, the Internet is utilized in all aspects of the learning process. It provides a powerful source of information as well as a means for communicating and collaborating with peers and faculty. The grant is intended to assist with providing the tools needed to spur innovation and prepare students for the workforce. The grant is part of
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant that will enable OCU to double the capacity of its Internet connection. The increase will benefit all students in their educational pursuits. In this current Digital Age, the Internet is utilized in all aspects of the learning process. It provides a powerful source of information as well as a means for
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant that will enable OCU to double the capacity of its Internet connection. The increase will benefit all
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Ohio Christian University Launches Storytellers Guild

Ohio Christian University Launches Storytellers Guild image

Published: October 22, 2012

Ohio Christian University recently launched a Storytellers Guild at the Circleville campus.  The Guild is made up of staff, faculty, community members, and students who believe in the power, and the wonder of storytelling.    The group was started to promote the art of storytelling, and to foster the growth and development of storytellers.  OCU’s Storytelling Guild is not just for kids, or those studying to work with kids.  The idea of storytelling is beneficial for all majors at the university.  Stories are how we communicate with each other.  Stories are an important part of our
Ohio Christian University recently launched a Storytellers Guild at the Circleville campus.  The Guild is made up of staff, faculty, community members, and students who believe in the power, and the wonder of storytelling.    The group was started to promote the art of storytelling, and to foster the growth and development of storytellers.  OCU’s Storytelling Guild is not just for kids, or
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OCU Approved to Offer Master of Business Administration

OCU Approved to Offer Master of Business Administration image

Published: June 7, 2012

Ohio Christian University (OCU) received word that it is now approved to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management. This was the final approval required from the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditation organization. Beginning in August, these programs will be offered through OCU’s convenient College of Adult and Graduate Studies with the option of taking online or one-night-a-week evening classes.Dr. Tim Eades, Vice President for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, stated, “We determined the need for these programs by surveying
Ohio Christian University (OCU) received word that it is now approved to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management. This was the final approval required from the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditation organization. Beginning in August, these programs will be offered through OCU’s convenient College of Adult and Graduate Studies with the option
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Senior Class of 2012 Leaves a Legacy

Senior Class of 2012 Leaves a Legacy image

Published: May 15, 2012

The Ohio Christian University Student Government Association is proud to announce the Senior Class of 2012 gift to the university. The Senior Class Council has purchased a bronze plaque of the University Seal to be placed in the Walk of Legacy. The Student Government Association Executive Council found it appropriate to have the bronze plaque as a part of the Walk of Legacy because the senior class has left an imprint where their legacy will carry on through the generations.  The Senior Class Council has chosen a quote by the late Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day
The Ohio Christian University Student Government Association is proud to announce the Senior Class of 2012 gift to the university. The Senior Class Council has purchased a bronze plaque of the University Seal to be placed in the Walk of Legacy. The Student Government Association Executive Council found it appropriate to have the bronze plaque as a part of the Walk of Legacy because the
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OCU Receives $60,000 for Community Garden image

OCU Receives $60,000 for Community Garden

OCU Receives $60,000 for Community Garden image

Published: March 26, 2012

Ohio Christian University (OCU) has received a $60,000 grant from an Ohio Foundation to develop a community garden project. Ohio Christian University agricultural and intercultural studies students will be hired to work on the project. The primary goal of this project is to train students to grow food for themselves and the world so they, in turn, can teach others. The old proverb, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime,” is the focus of this grant. Local farmer Tim Cook will supervise and train the students.Ohio Christian
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has received a $60,000 grant from an Ohio Foundation to develop a community garden project. Ohio Christian University agricultural and intercultural studies students will be hired to work on the project. The primary goal of this project is to train students to grow food for themselves and the world so they, in turn, can teach others. The old proverb, “Give a
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has received a $60,000 grant from an Ohio Foundation to develop a community garden project. Ohio Christian University agricultural and intercultural studies students