By Morgan Jackson, Features Editor
For all students, the road to deciding what to do after high school is different. Junior family science major Emily Chadwick never expected to be where she is today.
“What lead me to OBU?” Chadwick said. “That’s a funny story. I never had any plans of ever going to college.”
Chadwick was working as a nanny for her brother in the area when they decided to move away.
“I needed to figure out what I was going to do in the next season of my life,” Chadwick said. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I was friends with a bunch of OBU students, and they were all like ‘Why don’t you come to OBU?’”
Chadwick had all sorts of excuses for not wanting to come to OBU.
These included claims about not being smart enough, or not having a high enough ACT score to be admitted into the school.
Chadwick’s thinking flipped after she found the determination with-in herself to want to be at OBU to learn and grow.
Chadwick was familiar with the OBU community because of her friends and family.
“I’ve always been amazed at and in love with the professors here,” Chadwick said. “Because all of my siblings previously at-tended OBU, I already knew some of them, and I knew that I liked them.”
Chadwick decided on a family science major during her time at OBU.
“I love family science because I love talking about people,” Chadwick said. “I want to know everything about people. I want to know why they do the things that they do, and what they want to do.”
Chadwick has a love for people and making relationships.
“I want to continue to learn and grow myself, while also helping those around me to learn and grow in healthy ways,” Chadwick said. “One of the biggest reasons I love family science is being able to learn about people and how people affect people.”
In the future, Chadwick is thinking about pursuing counseling as a career, though she is currently undecided.
“I really like hearing about people’s problems,” she said. “I like to love on people and listen.”
Chadwick currently works at the Hope House, a Youth and Family Resource Center in Shawnee. Her job involves making sure that kids are doing what they are supposed to be doing, like homework or another activity.
“It’s like babysitting or parenting,” Chadwick said. “It’s a very fluid job. You never know what is going to happen next.”
While the job is often demanding or challenging, Chadwick sees the reward in the eyes of the children she is caring for.
“The most rewarding thing is seeing that the kids are loved and cared for,” Chadwick said. “So, we have two little kids right now, around the ages of eight and nine. They have started asking for hugs. When they first came, they were afraid to ask. But now, they come up to me and look at me and say, ‘I just need a hug.’ It is the sweetest thing, and sometimes it makes me want to cry.”
Chadwick often looks for small ways to share the gospel with the people around her, and often does this by showing love to whoever she is around.
Junior biblical languages major Chloe Stokes has seen firsthand the qualities Chadwick displays. They attend church together at Temple Baptist Church.
“Emily has the unique ability of making everyone feel welcome,” Stokes said. “No one can feel alone when they are around Emily.”
Stokes also appreciates the way that Chadwick affects the people that she is around.
“Emily brings all of the energy to a room!” Stokes said. “Her laugh is contagious, and she is always laughing. Her love for everyone is evident, her friendship is invaluable, and she brings light wherever she goes.”