I chose USAO for its outstanding reputation, the scholarship opportunities and cultural diversity … The classes can be challenging and not everyone appreciates the value of IDS while taking classes but the benefits of it are indisputable.
After graduating from USAO with a natural science degree, Andrew Long went on to become a registered nurse. Daily, he continues to observe the four aspects of USAO’s seal, caring for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the men, women and children of Oklahoma.
He currently serves the more than 600,000 people of the state who are in need of mental health and/or substance abuse care at the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
USAO’s interdisciplinary core helped Long develop graduate-level critical thinking skills, which play a huge factor in his career, he said. Also, his time at USAO taught him a greater appreciation for diversity.
“The classes can be challenging and not everyone appreciates the value of IDS while taking classes but the benefits of it are indisputable,” he said. “I have spoken to graduate students from some of the largest universities in the country, and they have been awestruck by the critical thinking skills taught within the integrated approach of IDS.”
Hailing from Enid, Long says the critical thinking skills and experiences he gained at USAO have continued to shine long after he graduated.
“I chose USAO for its outstanding reputation, the scholarship opportunities and cultural diversity,” he said. “I have been asked several times, by countless people, where I went to school because they were so impressed by the experiences I had while there and the skills I learned while attending the school.”
He said he realizes the value USAO offered him even more now than he did as a student.
“After talking with co-workers and classmates I have meet since my time at USAO, I have truly come to appreciate the quality of education I received,” he said. “Many of these people were shocked at the depth and breath of knowledge I was able to acquire at such a small school.
“They truly thought only large schools could provide a high-quality education, then discovered I received superior skills and knowledge while spending half to a quarter of what they had spent.”