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Taylor Petersen

Taylor Petersen

Senior Assistant Director of Events



Educational Background 

University of Oklahoma
Bachelors of Business Administration: Marketing
Minor: Constitutional Studies
Class of 2015

As a student, where did you leave your mark on campus?

Well if I wanted to take this question as it is plainly stated I would say on the 2014 Leadership Table in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Instead, I would say I left my mark on campus through student government, campus activities, and leadership mentoring. The Oklahoma Creativity Festival stands out as my biggest contribution to the university though. As a founding member, I got to help turn a kernel of an idea into a reality. Through my three years with OCF I contributed to the expansion of creativity on campus by generating unique outlets for student expression.

Define the OU family in your own words.

The OU Family is simply a strong community bond. It is knowing that when you walk across campus that you will most definitely run into someone you know and then understanding that you’ll end up late to your next meeting or class because you chatted with them far too long (a frequent occurrence in my undergrad life). More importantly though, the OU Family is supportive and always there for you. The OU Family is distinctive. So distinctive in fact that my futile attempts to define it do the family no justice.

When was the moment you felt the greatest Sooner pride?

So many options here. The obvious being the day I graduated. The Big XII Student Government Conference my sophomore year stands out as another great example. OU was the host for the conference that year. Student government delegations from all the other Big XII schools came to OU and were in total awe after listening to the University of Oklahoma president at the time. Needless to say all the other Big XII students were quite impressed with OU and it was one of those moments where you are like, “Yeah my school is pretty spectacular.” Also, there was the day my senior year when both the mayor of Norman and the University of Oklahoma provost both told me my hair was great. There was a lot of Sooner pride on top of just my general pride that day.

What was the greatest gift you took with you after graduation?

The relationships I left with were the greatest gifts the University of Oklahoma gave me. Your whole life you look for the friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. At OU I got my very own squad of self-described “Closest Friends’”. But what was even more rewarding was the relationships I achieved through mentoring and being mentored by our incredible OU Family. No gift has been quite as extraordinary.

Reveal one secret about campus.

When the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is open it is a nice place to just sit and read when the weather is cooperative. Also, I was once told the view from the roof of Sarkeys Energy Center is spectacular. However, navigating through that building to the top proved too confusing for me. Maybe one of you reading this will figure it out and email me the route. Call it a challenge.

What is your favorite OU tradition?

OU football has and will always be my favorite OU tradition. Actually, that applies to all OU Athletics. OU is home to champions. So being a fan and attending games is my favorite ongoing tradition.

What advice do you have for prospective students? 

Get to know your admissions counselor! Reach out to them, ask questions, and stay in touch. They have a wealth of knowledge and can be your best advocate through the college admissions process. Also, visit campus. It is easier to picture yourself as a student when you have actually been there!

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