Shine bright like a diamond

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Saydi Dowd, Staff Writer

   Join us for the 3rd Annual SHINE Weekend on January 30-February 1, 2014. SHINE begins Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, February 1st at 11:30 a.m. The girls will get to dine with influential campus females, connect with female professors and future mentors, develop relationships with current high-achieving female scholars, have fun with girls that have similar dreams as them, visit the workplaces of young female alums who have great jobs and discover academic scholarships and grants available for females. SHINE Weekend is for junior and senior High School girls looking for a college where they can shine academically!

   It is safe to say that everyone’s SHINE experience is different. For Shelby Reust, a freshman at SNU, her Shine Weekend was so inspiring, that it persuaded her to attend here.

   “It really was a good thing! I wasn’t even on the list; it was last minute. My pastor called and got me in, and I thank God he did. I knew as soon as I went on the tour that this is where I wanted to be. I auditioned for a music scholarship that weekend, and then that was it–I was coming here.”

   Sophomore RA Meagan Green said, “I was dead set on going to OU, and SHINE Weekend completely changed my mind. I remember what impressed me the most was how, during one of my sit-ins, the professor asked the class if there were any prayer requests and then asked another student how their grandmother was doing, and I just thought that was so amazing that she cared enough to ask about someone’s grandmother.”

   Reust and Green both agreed that SHINE Weekend made them see how happy and home-like the campus was. While at SHINE, both girls experienced relationships and moments that brought them here today.