In 2009, I graduated from Douglass High School in OKC and then went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout my college career, the TRiO program was there for me. My counselor put me in my first Sociology class, and the rest is history. TRiO offered students tutoring services and so much more. Having a counselor to talk to that looked like you was everything.
At times, I might be the only black kid in class. The culture shock for students like me at OU is real, and I had to learn that the hard way. My counselor was there to walk me through this, and always encouraged me to keep my head up and keep on working through adversity.
One thing TRiO taught me was that it is okay to struggle as long as you keep your eyes on the prize. I learned how to study for tests and how to navigate a class when you’re not the best test-taker. I know that our legislators have been cutting funding for education in Oklahoma, and I know tuition has been increasing nearly every year. Despite this increase in obstacles for low-income students, TRiO has been putting out graduates and has a strong alumni base. We encourage OU to find the appropriate funding for this valuable program. Minority students need it.