The faculty of the Art Department at USAO was huge in the development of the person/artist I am today. They were incredible mentors and I still value the relationships that were created during my time at USAO.
Courtney hadn’t heard of USAO until a friend mentioned the college and thought the school would be perfect for her… so after looking up USAO online and coming for a visit, she enrolled right on the spot.
“I loved the campus and the vibe I got when I visited,” she said. “I was so excited when I learned it was a liberal arts college and the philosophy was to educate students to be well-rounded professionals.”
Courtney is currently the manager of Creative Services/Web and Visual Communications for Oklahoma City Public Schools. She has been there since 2007… basically her first job out of college. She attributes her qualifications that landed her the job to USAO.
“There are no words to do my experience at USAO justice. I really feel like I learned a lot... both in content, subject matter, but also about myself. Plus, the faculty and staff at USAO really care about the success of their students.”
In addition to her busy, hectic job with OKCPS, she also does a lot of freelance photography and graphic design work. Plus, she just recently received her Masters of Education degree in Secondary Education at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in May 2014.
“Honestly, I feel like I know a little bit about a lot of things. I have been asked by more than one person, ‘How did you know that?’ I feel like I learned how to take in everything around me even outside of my subject area. Information and knowledge is priceless and I feel like the liberal arts approach really shows you how to be a life long student.”
And all of Courtney’s hard work has paid off with awards and recognition in her field. She has won several awards over the past few years from the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association in image identity and graphic design. And she has had a photo published in People magazine and several photos published in online education magazines.
“I learned a lot of my photography skills at USAO so all these recognitions can definitely be credited to my time at USAO.
“I really liked that USAO is a relatively small school, so I never felt like a number. All of my professors not only knew my name, but also knew something about me.”
Courtney says she learned several lessons in life while at USAO.
“I learned that in order to be successful you must apply yourself. You have to show up to class. One of the biggest lessons I learned was that hard work pays off. People tell you all of the things listed above, but until you see them from your own perspective you don't really grasp the concepts.
“I also learned how to embrace my strengths and to be who I was, to let me talents shine and that I could make a living doing something I enjoy.”