Like any school, your grades at USAO are determined by your own effort and desire to learn, but the smaller student body and genuinely enthusiastic professors allow for a rewarding true learning experience.”
After two unsatisfying years at a state research university, Jed Copley thought he had made some kind of mistake.
Although he had graduated from the prestigious Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Jed didn’t feel like he connected with the teaching assistants or fellow students in his crowded engineering courses.
“As a transfer student coming from a state university, I was looking for something more grounded,” Jed said.
“During my first meeting with my soon-to-be adviser Dr. J.C. Casey, she stressed that an important philosophy of the school was that, unlike my experience with larger schools, students were not sheltered from the ‘real world’ but were encouraged to start applying what we were learning to it right away.”
Outside the classroom, Jed also found USAO to be a very different environment from what he had left behind.
“USAO was the most friendly, inclusive, and supportive community that I've ever encountered for such a diverse group,” he said.
“Like any school, your grades at USAO are determined by your own effort and desire to learn, but the smaller student body and genuinely enthusiastic professors allow for a rewarding true learning experience.”
Jed, who harbored an interest in video editing and production, was quickly hired by the university’s communication and marketing department as a work study and began to produce short animations and video segments.
“My professors gave me the chance to learn in ways best suited for me through open-ended assignments, and many of the non-teaching USAO staff supported me with opportunities to learn and develop my talents in a professional setting,” Jed said.
Today, Jed works as a video editor for News 9 in Oklahoma City.
“My primary responsibility is to prepare video that our photographers shoot and content from national sources to be played during the live show, using the shows' scripts to make sure that the clips accurately and smoothly correspond to what the anchors will be talking about,” Jed said.
The creativity Jed was able to cultivate at USAO is not lost on his employers.
“Although the content has to fit within a specific format and tone, much of my work has some subtle notes of my personal creativity,” he said.
“Knowing that my work gets played on the highest-rated local morning show still gets me excited to come into work at two in the morning.”