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Behind the names: O.C. Bailey

August 16, 2022

More than a century ago, in 1911, a Ouachita freshman was falsely accused of trespassing on a farmer’s land across the Ouachita River. Since the university lacked men’s dormitories, the student was served a warrant of arrest on the front porch of his rooming house. Luckily, his Latin professor, Mr. Gaines, dismissed his classes the day of the student’s trial and went to the courthouse to testify on behalf of this student, resulting in the charges being dropped.

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Dear Future Freshman ...

August 02, 2022

I loved my freshman experience at Ouachita, and there’s not a lot that I would change. During that year, I grew closer to the Lord as I navigated through new friendships, experiences and challenges.

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Small town, shmall town

July 19, 2022

Growing up in North Little Rock, Ark., I was concerned about moving to a small town like Arkadelphia. Will I ever get out of my room? What would I do on the weekends?

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What NOT to buy

July 05, 2022

When I was about to move in as a freshman at Ouachita, I was overprepared and overwhelmed. I got sucked into buying all the things I thought I would need and wound up with more clutter than space.

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From someone who's been there: Consider Ouachita even if you don't know anyone

May 21, 2021

Being from Midlothian, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), most of my classmates had their sights set on large, nearby state schools. I couldn’t muster the same excitement they had about attending schools with such huge student populations. I wanted to be known by my professors, not just some number or a face in an auditorium full of students.

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Attending a college that loves you back: A Ouachita senior's reflections

May 06, 2021

“Why did you want to go to college at Ouachita? Didn’t you want to get out of your hometown?” I have been asked these questions frequently since I stepped on to campus as a freshman in 2017. To me, not going to Ouachita had never been an option. For as long as I can remember, Ouachita was the next step, and it couldn’t get here soon enough.

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Telling your COVID story: A message from the university archivist

April 19, 2021

72 weeks. 504 days. 12,096 hours. The amount of time since COVID-19 quickly and dramatically changed life at Ouachita in the spring semester of 2021. We all have very clear memories of the week ending March 13. As the semester winds to a close at Ouachita, I ask for your help in documenting COVID-19 at Ouachita.

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How to improve your mental health, coping skills while in college

April 07, 2021

Everyone learns to cope, regardless of their situation in life, in ways that are healthy and unhealthy. For many young adults, college is a time when stress levels run high, sleep patterns are inconsistent and having one-too-many cups of coffee and stress eating – among other things – are common aids students use to keep themselves going. While this is often considered normal, the college years are a pivotal time for learning how to cope well in the adult world.

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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.

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20 COVID-friendly activities to try this semester

August 21, 2020

Now that you’re back on campus, it may be tough to reimagine your go-to activities and hanging out with your friends physically-distanced. So, let’s start fresh and change our perspective! Here are some activities and hobbies that you may have never done while a Ouachita student.

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What does that student-faculty ratio number mean? Mentors abound.

August 09, 2022

In my opinion, one of the best things Ouachita has to offer is that it is a university of roughly 1,500 on-campus students and with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. What that means when you yourself are a Ouachita student is that you’ll have great opportunities for mentor relationships with your teachers.

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Moving to college: Tips for out-of-state students

July 26, 2022

Moving in to your first college dorm is a very exciting time! However, it can come with many questions and challenges. This can be even harder if you’re moving to Arkadelphia from out of state and need to pack everything you might need for an entire year in one trip – yikes!

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Six things freshmen should know before starting college

July 12, 2022

Hello friends! I thought I would shed some light on what I’ve learned since being a freshman in college ...

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Ouachita baseball's Carter Wade on playing college sports: "It doesn't matter what division you are in"

May 27, 2021

In choosing a college to further his education and baseball career, Carter Wade, a senior accounting major from Little Rock, Ark., first decided to attend a Division I university. After a year of playing baseball at another Arkansas university, Wade said knew he was meant to attend Ouachita.

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Founded on friendship: And how the Ouachita community overflows beyond campus

May 13, 2021

The Ouachita community truly is something special. While on campus, I was surrounded by faculty and peers alike who uniquely challenged me and pushed me to grow in my relationship with Christ. While Ouachita opened the door for me to gain wisdom from faculty, it also brought me some seriously great friends. Whether through class, clubs or other avenues, the friendships I made were each unique and welcomed new perspectives into my life.

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Memories on and off the field: What Ouachita women's soccer has given me

April 21, 2021

Ouachita has given me so much, but my favorite thing it has given me is soccer. As a little girl, I dreamt of playing college sports. I saw pictures of college-age soccer players and how athletic and intimidating they looked, and I really wanted to be that. Ouachita gave me that opportunity.

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4 ways to break out of your comfort zone and have the college experience you want

April 15, 2021

As a rising senior, it’s incredibly easy for me to look back at my college experience and say, “College was a time for growth.” I started my time at Ouachita as a shy freshman who just wanted to earn her degree, maybe go to a few events and get out. I was afraid to try anything outside of my comfort zone, lest I jeopardize my education.

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Pandemic Profiles: Kari Ledford, Sodexo Retail and Marketing Manager

January 22, 2021

Consider providing three meals a day to Ouachita’s residential campus of roughly 1,500 students, physically distanced, observing the Arkansas Department of Health and CDC’s vigilant cleaning guidelines and all while keeping lines of hungry students moving. For Kari Ledford, Sodexo’s retail and marketing manager, and her team, their focus was always Ouachita students and their safety.

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Fall at Ouachita: A few of our favorite posts

November 24, 2020

Although this fall semester has looked different in many ways, it hasn't stopped the seasons from changing or students from enjoying the beautiful fall weather!

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Rethinking student life: Virtual ideas to keep it social

August 21, 2020

If you think you’ve already done everything you could possibly do for fun using technology, here are a few suggestions you might not have tried yet.

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