Why I Am Grateful For Being Raised In Oklahoma

Why I Am Grateful For Being Raised In Oklahoma

"It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it" -Anthony Burgess
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We’ve all heard of the play Oklahoma. The majority of us, whether from Oklahoma or not, can recite the lyrics from the play and recognize the tunes within seconds of their exposure.

Arguably, the play Oklahoma is one of the most popular things to emerge about the state. The OKC Thunder is probably the most popular thing to emerge out of the state and Carrie Underwood is currently the most popular person to be born in the state. But, the most popular thing about the state as a whole should be the people you find living within it.

Growing up in Oklahoma was a unique experience. Depending on where you live, you find yourself exposed to city life, suburban life and country life in a matter of a 20-minute drive. It’s not all rolling hills and farm animals; it’s a place filled with generosity, hospitality and some of the best home-grown meals you will ever taste.

Oklahoma is a state known for its odd shape and western vibes but really it’s much more. The people you meet in Oklahoma will treat you the same as their own neighbors no matter where you come from. My decision to leave was not made lightly.

Oklahoma will always be my home and will always own a piece of my heart no matter where I end up. It’s unlike any other place that I have been to. The people are unlike any others I have come to know. The love for community is stronger than any I have witnessed elsewhere.

Oklahoma has its flaws, as all places do, but it’s a one-of-a-kind state that is often overlooked. Whether from the country, the suburbs or the downtown area, the people all have one thing in common: their kind hearts. If you ever need to restore your hope in humanity, take a quick trip to Oklahoma and I promise you will leave with a replenished heart.

Cover Image Credit: Abrie Richison

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Our Struggle: Tackling Millennial Debt

In a generation where friendships and relationships don't last, debt is the only constant factor.

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As I sit on Jane's bed, I begin to start typing a topic that has been long over due, millennial debt.

Debt is not just a financial entity, but is intertwined in every aspect of our lives. It shapes the way we grow up, our political views, and even our friends.


I think my finances could be better, and it stresses me out sometimes, but why am I in debt to begin with?

As I started to ask this question for my own beneficial purposes, I realized that people around me are worse off.

During spring quarter I had (what felt like) my first big girl finance talk. An Alpha Phi alumna came and gave a quick talk about the book "Rich Bitch", and I loved it. It was the first time I was exposed to the theory of 'financial stability' and I wanted it. I kind of thought of college as this lawless place, where I can do whatever and figure it out later, but it's not. Talking about finances is uncomfortable and weird, but it has to be done. Just because you have a job doesn't mean you can do what you want, especially when you're spending and are already in debt. I feel like it's harder going to school in a big city because everything is so expensive. There's so much to do and explore, and it all cost money.

I looked around me and realized for the first time that people take out crazy loans to go to school.

I think our culture is very fucked up.

"But it's all cool and all because we're all doing it". What kind of mentality is that? We don't have to go to school, let alone a private expensive university. Where is this pressure that 'going to college solves everything' ? Going to college does not guarantee you the best years of your life. You might not find your 'sisters' or 'brothers'. I am the living proof that college kinda f*cking sucks, people are shitty and justify their behaviors on alcohol.

So why are we spending so much money to be here?

The loans that we are taking out are not for education, but for the lifestyle that college offers. The debt you will have for the rest of your life, is for four years of 'college'. You're going to take out loans just so that you have a desk job, go out to happy hours with your buddies, and save for European vacations once in a while; while slaved to your loans for pretty much the rest of your life. When did this become the norm? There's nothing wrong with this lifestyle, because it provides a sense of security, but it cannot be the path we take because we are scared to explore our other options.


Millennials are in debt, partly due to our parents being a mess. How many of our parents attended college, let alone in this era? College is not for everyone, and it's okay to experience it and leave, just as much as it is okay to never experience it. Why are we taking out loans and settling to a life full of debt? Because it's safe. Debt is the only thing that lasts. In our generation friendships and relationships come and go, but debt stays.

What is wrong with us?

I'll tell you what (I think is) wrong with us. We grew up when the internet was a 'new' invention. How many of us can talk to our parents, and seek advice? We are exposed to the world, good and often bad, that is enough to want us to take comfort in a distorted version of reality. We are a generation that has it's own problems, it's own new wave of statistics. We are the generation that people will write books about a decade from now. We are the generation that has fun for Instagram likes. We are the generation of $6 dollar lattes. We are the generation that hides on their phone when confronted with awkwardness. We are the generation that has crew love. Our best accomplishment is making it on Old Row. We are the generation that has less racial tension. We are the generation of Rupi Kaur poetry. It's not all bad, but the bad parts are bad.

A decade from now, we will see that everyone that attended and graduated college, must of had something really wrong with them, myself included. How are we able to do all this homework and keep up with social and economic pressure? Are we giving up our sanity in return? Are we blindly following a system that doesn't actually better us?

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