Jerod & Emily Coker
“You may be having a hard time imagining yourself at OU, but we have a hard time imagining ourselves having gone anywhere else. Attending OU was the single greatest decision we ever made – personally and professionally."
You may be having a hard time imagining yourself at OU, but we have a hard time imagining ourselves having gone anywhere else. Attending OU was the single greatest decision we ever made – personally and professionally. We fell in love with the school (and each other!) and were actually married in 2016 by the Dean of the Honors College. Neither of us is from Oklahoma (grew up in Texas and Colorado), but we decided to take a chance on Norman and are so glad that we did. The myriad of reasons is clear when we look back on how some of our biggest questions as seniors in high school were answered:
What kinds of people will I meet at OU?
- Emily: The best of the best. The OU student body is filled with some of the kindest, most intelligent, interesting people you will ever meet. Better yet, you will continue meeting classmates beyond graduation; Jerod and I have connected with alumni communities across the country, from NYC to LA! We have friends from OU that we can stay with almost anywhere we travel, can depend on advice and career assistance from older alumni at almost any company, and have already begun to reciprocate the favor for younger students. The volume and quality of OU graduates willing to help each other out is part of what sets OU apart from any other university.
- Jerod: Most of the people I am closest to in the world are either students or professors at OU, especially those in our world-class Honors College. Incredibly smart, passionate, open-minded, and caring, the people you meet at OU will challenge the way you view the world and push you to be the best version of yourself.
Will OU set me up for success in my future?
- Emily: Absolutely. My first full-time job out of school was as the Director of Partnerships for a non-profit in NYC, and I am now halfway through medical school. OU gave me abundant research experience through its Honors Research Assistant Program, and provided me with all of the necessary resources – facility space on and off campus, money, people, publicity – to successfully start my own student organization: a dance program for kids with disabilities. Every faculty member has your best interest at heart and will take the extra step to get you what you need and where you need to be.
- Jerod: At the end of the day, OU is all about student development and success. We see the success of one student as a success for the university as a whole. In 2013, the support and preparation I received from OU led me to become one of 34 Americans to receive a Marshall Scholarship, funding two years of graduate school in the UK, first at the London School of Economics and then at the University of Oxford. That year, OU was the only university in the nation to win the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Mitchell, Goldwater, and Fulbright scholarships – and the entire university celebrated. We know our students are some of the best and brightest in the world, and we all take pride in our shared achievements.
While we can’t promise you will meet your future spouse, we can promise that OU will be one of the most transformative experiences of your life, and we hope to celebrate your successes as an OU student someday.
Emily (‘15) and Jerod (‘13) Coker