OBU’s spiritual foundation will be missed

By Kedrick Nettleton, Faith Editor

There are a lot of things for a graduating senior to be anxious about.

First of all, of course, you have to be sure that you do graduate, which means taking care of the schoolwork that remains on your plate.

For many, this includes wrapping up capstones or final theses, meaning that those ideas you’ve had in your head for two years finally have to actually coalesce into something real.

You’re actually going to have to finish – and you’re going to have to do so while writing those final papers or completing those final projects that are a part of the end of every semester, including your senior semester.

Not an easy task.

Then you have to figure out what comes next. Now, I’m not saying this is hard for every senior – there are friends of mine who know exactly what they’re doing after May 17.

Some of them are headed to grad school, and others have jobs and apartments lined up.

They’re going to step seamlessly into their new life, no prob. They’re excited, and I’m excited for them.

But I know just as many others who have no idea what’s happening next. I include myself and my wife in this category.

We have leads, sure. Lines in the water. Eventually, something’s going to bite, and we’ll be fine.

But until that point, what we have is stress. Loads of it.

And we’re not alone.

Even with all of these stressors bouncing around inside my skull for the past few months, I’ve become aware of something else that I’m worried about: losing my spiritual foundation.

That sounds more ominous than I mean it to. I’m not talking about losing my faith or rejecting the church; I’m talking about leaving the strong spiritual environment that I’ve come to enjoy here on Bison Hill, and leaving some of the people that have become mentors in my life.

Because I am leaving. It’s happening.

My wife and I are leaving Oklahoma, we’re headed to a new adventure.

The church that we’ve come to be a part of will be left behind.

Our professors and mentors here on Bison Hill can’t come with us.

We’ll have to find a new church family. A new small group. New people that we can open up to about our faith, that we can encourage and be encouraged by.

And like it or not, I’m going to miss the environment of faithfulness that Bison Hill encourages.

Think about it. First of all, we have chapel. I know that these can be annoying at times – I know that you’re certainly not just amped to go every Wednesday.

But these services, I’ve found, have a way of really sneaking up on you.

Often it was the Wednesdays when I least wanted to be there that I found God speaking to me the clearest – and what He was telling me, often, was to slow down. To focus up.

Then there’s the classes themselves.

It’s an unusual thing to have Christian truths sprinkled into your study, into your disciplines.

This isn’t going to happen at work. My boss isn’t going to stop a staff meeting to make connections to the Gospel.

There won’t be a spiritual life office at my company. There won’t be an RA or an RN asking me how my walk with the Lord is going.

I’m trying to say that we’re inundated with the Christian message around here, and while I know that can feel annoying at times during your college career, it’s a blessing. An unusual blessing.

At no other time of my life will I have all these resources to grow spiritually.

I’m leaving that behind, and it’s a worry to me.

Sure, OBU is a bubble. But there’s a part of me that’s going to miss that bubble


An Interview about Interviews

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Last week Dr. Green explained how important resumes are and what to put in them. This week, Dr. Rich Rudebock, Robert L. & Sara Lou Cargill chair and a professor of business, explains the importance of interviews, what to do and what not to do.

Question: How important is an interview in the application process?

Answer: Vital. In my opinion, you should never take a job for which you have not interviewed either in person or through video conferencing. Remember that the interview is a two-way street. They are interviewing you, and you are interviewing them. There has to be a good fit.

Question: How should someone prepare for an interview?

Answer: Research the company (via the company website) as well as the individual (via Linkedin NOT social media) with whom you will be interviewing if possible.

Question: What kind of questions do interviewers usually ask?

Answer: [There are] four kinds of questions typically asked in structured interviews.

1. Situational questions ask the applicants how they would respond in a hypothetical situation

“What would you do if…?”

2. Behavioral questions ask applicants what they did in previous jobs that were similar to the job for which they are applying

“In your previous job tell me about…” or “Tell me about a time when. . .”

3. Background questions ask applicants about their work experience, education, and other qualifications

“Tell me about the training/education you received at…”

4. Job-knowledge questions ask applicants to demonstrate their job knowledge

For example, accountants might be asked about the most complex journal entry that they ever completed

Question: Should you bring anything to an interview?

Answer: Yes, bring several copies of your resume in a nice portfolio as well as a supply of your OBU student business cards. These can be ordered through Debi in GC 101.

Question: How should someone dress?

Answer: Business professional is the preferred attire. Depending on where you are applying though, nice business casual could be appropriate. Always be clean and neat with shoes shined and hair cut or styled.

Question: How should you act during an interview?

Answer: Always act professionally. Do not get too casual. Remember that from the time that you pull into the parking lot of the business until the time that you leave, someone is watching you. The receptionist may be asked afterward for his or her opinion of you. Be courteous and professional to everyone you meet.

Question: How do you make yourself look most presentable/job-worthy without misrepresenting yourself?

Answer: Depending on the job for which you are interviewing, you will want to dress accordingly which is typically one notch above what the typical employee wears at that job. At the least, be clean, neat and well-groomed. Wearing a suit to an interview for a fast food position would not be appropriate while wearing clean jeans and a nice polo shirt would be.

Question: What should you definitely never do during an interview?

Answer: Never ask about salary and or benefits on the first interview. If the interviewer brings it up, fine but the interviewee should not bring it up.

Question: What are some things you actually shouldn’t do in an interview that people might think you should?

Answer: Do not get too casual. DO NOT refer to personal things about the interviewer that you found on social media – that would be creepy.

Question: Should you ask the interviewer questions?

Answer: Yes, absolutely. It is expected. In fact, the interviewer will almost always ask you, “what questions do you have for me?”

Question: What kind of questions?

Answer: Have five or six questions written down in your portfolio. Things like, Tell me about the culture here. What could I expect as a career path or promotion opportunities? What are you looking for in an ideal employee? What sort of training will I receive? Why is this position open? What is the next step in the process? etc.

Final thoughts: A good and serious interviewer will check your social media presence – yes they can and do. Always send a hand-written thank you note to the person or people who interviewed you, ASAP. Ask each person for a business card so that you have the correct spelling of the name as well as the address.