Project Threshold, a place most commonly called home, is located at the heart of campus in Wagner Hall, near the student union at The University of Oklahoma.
I am now a senior at OU and my life has completely blossomed all because of Project Threshold, and more specifically Mrs. Carter, an advisor for Project Threshold who guides, directs, and provides assistance to all those in need. This may be her formal job description; however, behind the doors of her office, a greater work is done. A work that brings a sense of belonging where one might feel alone. A work that brings hope where one may feel hopeless. A work that brings light into dark lives.
During my freshman year at OU, I was completely lost, looking for a way to live. But people didn’t know. They didn’t know that even though I walked around with the biggest smile and dressed well, there was a great pain under the surface, a pain that caused me to feel as if I was drowning. I was depressed because I couldn’t and wouldn’t allow myself to see the worth and value of who I was.
My life went on this way until one day when my cousin advised me to go see Mrs. Carter at Project Threshold. My cousin insisted that she would change my life, just as she’d changed so many others’. I went to Mrs. Carter looking for a way to connect to resources on campus and gain a better understanding at OU. But that day, I gained so much more.
Crushed from my years of being severely bullied in the past, I couldn’t move forward. Mrs. Carter told me, “If you can’t see your own worth, no one will. You have to allow your wings to grow so you can fly.” Thanks to Mrs. Carter, my wings have grown, and I’ve truly been able to soar. Mrs. Carter has poured her talents, resources, and advice into the lives of everyone who has walked through the doors of Project Threshold. Project Threshold will not and cannot survive without Mrs. Carter and the other counselors who have made an impact on the lives of their students. I am Project Threshold. And it’s all because of Mrs. Carter.