OSU-OKC Student Prepares for Trek to Washington, D.C.
Gary Hall Jr. is a familiar face on the OSU-Oklahoma City campus. The Interpreter Training student has been involved in several student organizations on campus throughout his three years at OSU-OKC. He will soon be transferring to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and feels confident in applying the skills he acquired at OSU-OKC into his next chapter.
Hall came to OSU-OKC because he liked the idea of attending a community college. He says the university’s attentiveness to students drew him in. It was a combination of academics and the campus environment that kept him coming back.
“The school has been instrumental in helping me reach my goals because of the strong Interpreter Training program,” Hall said. “The faculty, staff and students are all plugged in to make the program extremely relevant in today’s world.”
He got involved with the Student Government Association (SGA) in spring 2010 because he liked the idea of being a student advocate.
“SGA has taught me the necessary skills to communicate on many levels,” he says. “I have had to communicate with students, faculty and staff to effect change around campus. I have also strengthened my leadership skills.”
In 2011, Hall was nominated and elected as SGA president. Through his experience in a leadership role, he has taken the lead on many issues and concerns such as parking, student funding and student activities.
The next step for Hall is to pursue his bachelor’s degree. He will be studying International Deaf Studies at Gallaudet. After graduation, he hopes to teach deaf students at any level and is prepared to travel the varying paths the future holds.
“I really want to give back to the community,” Hall says. “I am open to exploring other career fields as I move forward with my education.”
During his time at OSU-OKC, Hall found time to juggle all his activities and school work. His advice to current students is to find that equilibrium.
“I would advise current students to work hard always, and to create a balance between work, pleasure and other activities,” he says. “This is necessary for healthy success.”