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Sophia Morren

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Sophia Bolin-Dills
Student Affairs, McNair Scholars Program

Sophia's Coaching Mindset: "I believe coaching utilizes deep listening to empower students seeking to build a happy, healthy, and successful future."

Higher Education Background:

  • Bachelor's- Business Administration, The University of Oklahoma.
  • Master's-Human Relations, The University of Oklahoma.
  • PhD- Geography, The University of Oklahoma.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Day hiking.
  • Organic gardening.
  • Spending time with family and friends.

Top Life Defining Moments in Higher Education:

  • Having to recover from a 1.75 GPA my first semester in college. Working while in college was not ideal, but I continued to do so while earning all of my degrees.
  • Finding my academic passion as a senior taking a general education class. Spoiler alert.... it was not my major, so I added two minors to my academic plan. (Geography and Environmental Studies).
  • Learning in graduate school to ask for help and utilize campus resources. (Shout out to OU Writing Center!)
  • As a first-generation college doctoral student, completing a PhD required the support of my doctoral advisor, dissertation committee, community members, friends, co-workers, and family.

While in college, I experienced:

  • Balancing work and school.
  • Difficulty managing a successful study system.
  • Financial Stress.
  • Overcoming daily challenges through resiliency.
  • Academic motivation challenges.
  • Other- Imposter syndrome.