Every year as the leaves begin to fall, and the weather begins to change, Oakwood University hosts a conglomerate of high school seniors, all wide-eyed and excited to learn everything they can about our beloved institution. These young prospective students come from all over the globe to experience Oakwood Live!
This year, Oakwood Live! (formerly known as College Days) was extended two additional days, for a total of five days of immersion in the academic culture and day-to-day life of the Oakwood student. Activities included visiting academic departments, attending the highly anticipated concert featuring Oakwood University’s choirs, dramatic presentations and individual musical talent.
Although the weather wreaked havoc around the world, we were blessed to host more than 600 prospective students who were ready to receive, if only for a moment, the coveted “Oakwood Experience” we all talk about. Senior Joshua Southwell said, “I believe Oakwood Live! was a great chance to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a student here. All of the activities they were a part of, including the various worship experiences, provided a preview of what they can expect when they arrive next fall. I hope each student realizes that not only do you receive a quality education at Oakwood, but you forge lifelong friendships while finding yourself in Christ on this campus! If you ask me, nothing tops such an experience.”
During their time here, potential students also received a foretaste of dorm life, as they shared rooms with current students who volunteered to share their space in an effort to help give soon-to-be students the full OU experience.
Saturday night’s block party offered our guests one last chance to mingle with student-led organizations. Several activities happened simultaneously: a basketball game, inflatables, an “escape room” tent, a video gaming truck, bubble soccer, and local guest food trucks provided a variety of delicious foods.
by Jeffrey Wilder, student writer