Cover Photo: What This Means to Us, by Sophia Cadena

I asked OU students affiliated with OU Project Threshold why they go to college and what motivates them. As first generation college and minority students, our reason for choosing the path less taken in our families has a lot to do with with why we push ourselves. Some students brought an object they were passionate … [Read more…]

TRiO Works, by Angie Tran

I can vividly remember the first time I was in TRiO, 12 years ago. I was in 6th grade at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and in a meeting with five other 6th graders and a woman, Jeronda Robinson, from OSU-OKC Talent Search. It was the beginning conversation of going to college. From 6th to 8th … [Read more…]

Living Proof that TRiO Works, by Myria Davis

Project Threshold was a huge influence in my life during my undergraduate career at The University of Oklahoma, and I strongly believe the same holds true for the current students of the program. Though I was always determined to graduate, TRiO gave me that extra push I needed during frequent moments of self-doubt and uncertainty. … [Read more…]

I Am Project Threshold, by Caroline Bennett

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care!”- Theodore Roosevelt. As a first generation, underrepresented, disadvantaged, low-income Black girl from North Tulsa, now a two-time graduate of higher education, concerns amid funding problems for OU’s Project Threshold saddened and angered many alums of the program. The reason I opened … [Read more…]

Where Students Can Thrive, by Crysta Williams

I don’t know if I would still be in college without Project Threshold, let alone thriving as I am now. As a first generation college student, I didn’t know very much about navigating the university. I pay for my education on my own and even joined the army national guard in part to help fund … [Read more…]

Without this Community, We Wouldn’t Be Here, by Alia Cumby

Project Threshold has been my saving grace since I stepped foot on campus. I had no clue that it would provide resources to me far beyond its primary purpose. I came into TRIO as a first-generation student and was put under the advisement of Crystal Perkins-Carter, the Assistant Director of Project Threshold. This was by … [Read more…]

My First-Year Experience, by Mikhi-Seth Hemphill

I am a first-year student here at the University of Oklahoma, and although my time here on campus doesn’t even exceed an academic semester, the office of Project Threshold has been a great help to my college experience. As a first generation college student from a low socioeconomic background in Dallas, Texas, coming into the arena … [Read more…]

The Counselors Are Project Threshold, by Zale Burkhalter

The past few weeks have been very concerning for me and many others. There has been much controversy over Project Threshold’s funding status and proposals to “restructure” the program. I have been down this road a couple of times with my dad and my grandpa, and every time they were told that their business was … [Read more…]

A Safe Space Where Students Can Flourish, by Tori Mongo

The medical term “threshold” can be defined as “the maximum level of radiation or a concentration of a substance considered to be acceptable or safe.” In the context of the role of Project Threshold here at The University of Oklahoma, one of its goals is to create a safe space where students can flourish and … [Read more…]