Student Spotlight: Anastasia Dulle
Anastasia Dulle first learned about the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma while she was a senior in high school through a friend who was a college freshman. The school’s low cost and outstanding scholarship offers drew her in.
Her interest in cultural studies drove Dulle to choose sociology as her major, and she has grown to love sociolinguistics, research and statistics during her time as a Drover.
“I’m not quite sure where all of that is going to lead me – all I know right now is that I want to live overseas in the future, and recently I’ve been thinking seriously about doing grad school before then,” she said.
Although her parents are originally from Oklahoma, Dulle grew up mostly in Central Asia, and says that a lot of her personal growth while in college has centered around adjusting to and navigating her social and academic life. While these adjustments have been made more difficult since she has had to also deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Dulle’s time at USAO has given her skills that will be helpful in the future.
One of the most important of these skills comes from the interdisciplinary studies curriculum that USAO requires every student to complete.
“USAO’ philosophy of liberal arts education shines through its IDS classes, especially in the upper-level team-taught classes like World Thought. It’s really cool to see two professors who have hugely different backgrounds bring their different perspectives and experiences to a discussion, because that kind of interdisciplinary learning is so beneficial and interesting.”
Around campus, Dulle is a writing tutor at the Student Success Center and is on the leadership team for the Baptist Campus Ministries, positions that have helped her grow as an individual. She also credits a significant portion of her growth to Dr. Christopher Garneau, associate professor of sociology, who she names as her biggest mentor on campus.
Set to graduate in the fall of 2023, Dulle highly recommends becoming a Drover to prospective students.
“I would absolutely recommend USAO to prospective students – the education here really is phenomenal, and the campus is small enough that your professors know your name, (and it’s never more than a five-minute walk to get to classes. USAO also offers a lot of financial aid – it can sound like a broken record sometimes, but the “private school education at a public school cost” spiel really is accurate.”