Alena Blakley / The Bison

by Lia Hillman, Features Editor

“I have learned so much about Him and about myself and about His will for my life over the past three years, and college really is the perfect time to do that,” senior biochemistry major Jordan Spencer said.

Spencer was born and raised in Fort Smith, and graduated from Greenwood High school in 2013.

“Greenwood is a smaller town just south of Fort Smith,” Spencer said. “We had a class of around 270.”

Spencer didn’t always plan on attending Oklahoma Baptist University.

“I was actually dead-set on attending Baylor in Waco, Texas,” she said. “I visited Baylor in the spring of my junior hear and was convinced it was the only school for me.”

She applied to Baylor and was accepted in the honors program.

“I had a dorm room in the honors housing, received an academic scholarship and was conversing with possible roommates,” she said.

“And yet, I felt no peace.”

Her church’s pastor had graduated from OBU and encouraged her to at least visit.

Spencer attended a Fall Preview day during her senior year of high school.

“My mom and I both recall experiencing this overwhelming sense of peace the moment we stepped on campus,” she said.

After that Fall Preview Day, Spencer said she began to see herself thriving at OBU.

“They had a great pre-med program,” she said.

“I loved the school’s heart for foreign and local missions.” Now, as a senior at OBU, Spencer said her experience has been everything she hoped it would be.

“I have received academic training that has prepared me for a career in the medical field,” she said.

“I have received spiritual training that has prepared me for a life dedicating to serving Christ.”

Although she loves her time spent at OBU, she said it isn’t always easy.

“The hardest part about being at OBU for me has been learning to find a balance,” Spencer said.

“I am the kind of person who wants to be involved in everything, and I give 110 percent to whatever I’m a part of.”

On campus, Spencer is a member of the Bisonnettes Women’s Glee Club where she serves as the Chaplain.

She’s also the science coordinator at the Milburn Student Success Center, the senior co-chair of the Blitz Week committee and a member of the American Chemical Society science club.

She has served as a Welcome Week Worker, an honors college peer mentor, and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society.

Outside of OBU, Spencer volunteers at the Salvation Army and is a member of the Discipleship Group at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee.

“I have been privileged to participate in many diverse organizations and groups on campus,” she said. “I have met so many amazing people. It also means that I have found myself extremely overloaded at some points throughout my college career.”

Spencer said she has had to figure out how to balance all her priorities in college.

“I have learned to limit myself on how much I take on,” she said. “I have also learned that sometimes you just cannot get everything you need to done,” she said.

“That’s when you have to determine what your priorities are and humble yourself to ask for help.”

Despite the challenges of being busy and being overwhelmed, Spencer said her classmates have all been helpful to her and each other.

“All of us have struggled at some point along the way,” she said. “But we have all been there to pick each other up and encourage one another to keep going. Over the past three years we have laughed, studied cried, tutored and encouraged one another, and I can honestly say I would not have made it this far without their help.”

Spencer also credits her professors as being very influential in her time at OBU.

“The professors I have had at OBU are some of the most intelligent and compassionate people I have ever met,” she said. She said she has learned much more from her professors than just academic material.They have taught me what it means to be a Christian in a professional setting or in a non-Christian environment,” she said.

“They have taught me what it means to be a woman in science, and they have taught me what it means to be a curious and compassionate member of a community.”

Spencer said she encourages other students to take advantage of everything in college and trust God.

“Find out who you are and who God is calling you to be,” she said.

“And don’t be afraid if you find Him leading you in a direction you never thought you’d go.”

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