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Why it's okay to change your major, and how Ouachita makes it easy

February 19, 2021

The beauty of your freshman year is that you will take your first college-level courses and will likely have time in your schedule to take an elective or two in your area of interest. But something that is important to consider is: Will your college be supportive of you being unsure about your major, or if you do decide to change majors?


Nursing students are first to advance in dual enrollment program

July 14, 2020

This fall, 15 Ouachita students are the first to move into the dual enrollment portion of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and will be studying at Baptist Health College Little Rock. The recent partnership between our institutions addresses the shortage of nurses in the state of Arkansas.


A letter to parents of 2020 high school grads

May 29, 2020

What a challenging season we are in as parents of a 2020 high school senior. I have struggled with the loss of so many highly anticipated moments. Have you?


"Prepare me to leave": Prayers for Ouachita, my old friend

April 17, 2020

I’ve started this post a few times in my head now, and I just cannot seem to find the words. There is so much I feel as if I should say. I could talk about the people I came to know and love these past four years, my roommates, teachers, and friends.


Any advice for someone who doesn't know what to study in college? #askingforafriend

February 25, 2020

If you’re about to head off to college, there’s lots to be excited about: new friends, new experiences and new opportunities to pursue your dreams. But, on the flip side, you might be panicking about what classes you should take, or what in the world you want to major in!


Top apps for college students

January 29, 2020

There are so many great apps out there designed to help your life in one way or the other, but it can be overwhelming to find them. Where do you even start? Here are some apps I’ve found helpful as a college student!


When I grow up: How my passions inspired me to study political science

January 21, 2020

What do you want to be when you grow up? The question we have all been asked. As a child, this question allows you to dream. You could be a rock star, an astronaut or maybe even the president of the United States! When you are asked this question going into college, the reality may be very different.


How do I even begin my college search? #askingforafriend

November 07, 2019

If you’re searching for a college to attend, where do you even begin? To ease some of the stress, and avoid any #askingforafriend anxiety, here a few bits of advice to answer the common questions that pop up as you begin the college search.


Test your best

September 18, 2019

Standardized tests are … well … standard in the college process, but your score is a huge factor in college acceptance and scholarship decisions. While it may not feel fair that a test affects so much, you want the results to show the very best that you can do.


A prayer for wisdom in the back-to-school rush

August 22, 2019

As I write this, I’m looking through my newsfeed and seeing all the “first day of school” pictures. It wasn’t so long ago that I was posting these same photos. I love hearing the moms share how their kids responded to a new classroom, new friends, a new teacher and maybe even a new school. These transitions can cause our hearts to be anxious as we anticipate all the obstacles our child/children may encounter or needs they may have.


The Right Place, the Right Time: Ouachita's investment in me despite transferring and changing majors

December 14, 2020

Finding my passion was a bit of a journey. After both transferring and changing my major twice, my unique Ouachita experience has helped me discover my true passion and led me to my current pursuit.


Introducing Patterson School of Natural Sciences Blogger Savannah Stacks

July 09, 2020

My name is Savannah Stacks, and I am a recent honors graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. I spent my three years of college immersed in the Patterson School of Natural Sciences, where I was not only given the best biology education but also cherished memories and relationships.


A complementary career: How nutrition & dietetics pairs perfectly with a love for community

May 21, 2020

I didn’t think I’d still be here. Arkadelphia, that is. When I decided to go to school at Ouachita, I thought I’d spend four years here getting my undergraduate and leave for bigger and better things. It felt like almost anywhere was bigger than Arkadelphia, and if the place was so small, it couldn’t be that great. I was wrong.


Why you should choose a college that supports your dreams

March 12, 2020

“You’ll never find a job. You’ll have to forge your own connections, which are hard to make in that world.” As a young senior in high school in search of where I would spend the next four years of my life, these weren’t the words I was expecting to hear from my potential professors and deans about my wanting to study English.


Game-changing community: How Ouachita offers student-athletes balance

February 18, 2020

“The Lord loves to surprise us.” I overheard these six words several years ago, and I don’t think a quote has ever resonated with my time at Ouachita as much as this one. I never could’ve dreamed up what all the Lord had in store for my four years as a student-athlete. I entered my freshman year as a student


Paying for college: 5 sensible borrowing tips

January 27, 2020

With the growing cost of a college education in today’s world, it’s no wonder that students and parents are concerned about how to pay for it. While student loans are a useful tool, Ouachita Baptist University strongly encourages all students to borrow responsibly.


How do I not stress out about a campus tour? #askingforafriend

November 14, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: college hunting season! For some, this time is filled with excitement and joy. For others, it is a little scary and overwhelming, or a mixture of both! Below are six tips that may answer a few questions you have and give you confidence in becoming a college tourist.


Explore Ouachita! delivers a tight-knit campus experience

September 23, 2019

The summer of my senior year of high school, I attended Explore Ouachita! (what used to be called GROW, or Getting Ready for Ouachita’s World) for the first time. I didn’t know much about Explore – or Ouachita for that matter – but my dad urged me to attend. He said he just knew that Ouachita would be the perfect fit for me and that I would fall in love with it. Little did I know at that point in time that he was exactly right.


10 things parents of a college freshman need to know

August 22, 2019

In my 32 years as a Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) campus minister at another Arkansas university, as well as a current consultant in collegiate ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources, I have learned a few things that every parent needs to know as they prepare to launch their freshman college student.


Leaving them to the Lord: Dropping off your freshman at college

August 16, 2019

As we neared the time for my oldest son Blake to leave for Ouachita, I began to ask God to give me peace and direction on being a mom – my most loved and highest calling – 100 miles away. What would it look like? How was I to be his mom without seeing him at the breakfast table, walking by his room and praying over him while he slept, hearing “Mom” 100 times a day, watching every hole of golf he ever played?


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