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College Life


In her office, Phuong Chi Smith brushes her long wavy jet black hair off her shoulders, and her dark brown eyes twinkled while she talked talked about college life and her experiences.

While picking out colleges was hard for any new student, Smith knew what college she wanted to go attend to begin her career.

“I went to Oklahoma State University to get my bachelor’s degree and University of Tulsa to get my master’s degree. I chose Oklahoma State because they awarded me with a full scholarship and same with Tulsa and I’m from Oklahoma,” Smith said.

While in college, Smith had a hard time picking out her major and career, but to figure that out, she first hand to figure that the right major for her and go through different obstacles.

“I changed my major several times and did it four times because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had a teacher that discouraged me from staying in one major because she said that I would need a B average or I wouldn’t go to graduate school. My major was Speech Pathology,” Smith said.

A lot of people get homesick while in college, but Smith lived close to home while in school. After a while of being in school, everything changed.

“I got homesick during the first semester, but I was close enough to drive home and do my laundry. Once I started to make more friends, I rarely went home,” Smith said.

There are a lot activities to be social and meet new people while in college.Smith she did a lot of activities to branch out of her box  and explore new things.

“I was a part of the student government and was the treasurer. I was also part of Greek Life where I was also the treasurer of Greek Life. I joined a lot of church groups at college and that kept me busy,” Smith said.

Joining a sorority or fraternity is not like joining a club, but  more like of a family for life. Smith recalled joining her sorority in college and that was one of the happiest times of her life. Getting out her comfort zone to expand her horizon,to meet new people and try new things.

“I did join a sorority to meet new people and I really enjoyed it and didn’t regret it. You get to do so many activities and see college from a different point of view. I joined Zeta Tau Alpha,” Smith said.

After looking back on her college experiences and remembering the best and worst of her college career, She has a message for students who are about to begin their college careers in the future.

“It’s a lot of fun, but stay focused on your studies and remember to have fun. Try to meet new, different people from different states,races, cultures, and really embrace it. College was one of the funnest times of my life that I remember,” Smith said.

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