Never would I have expected to be where I am today. Growing up in the suburbs of New York, this would be the least likely place for me to be.
In five days, I will be moving into my dorm room in Norman, Okla. Yes, I will be a freshman at The University of Oklahoma.
I was the first person in the history of my high school to apply to, nonetheless attend, Oklahoma. The decision came mainly when my family realized we would be moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area after my high school graduation for my father's job.
The choice came down to three schools: OU, Tennessee, and Texas.
I believe that I made the best choice of the three in choosing OU. It is close, a good size, and has an incredible athletic department, an important aspect for a student interested in sports journalism.
As a person who is completely new to the Oklahoma Sooners (apart from national headlines), I figured it would be a good idea to blog about my experiences as a Freshman engulfed in the Sooner Nation.
I have taken it upon myself to show the world the "Sooner Experience."
In the beginning of the summer, I still knew very little about the team. I knew that Bob Stoops is the coach, Sam Bradford just got drafted, and Landry Jones and his mustache are taking over the reins.
But a few things taught me the ins and outs of OU Football.
First off, HB #7 is really fast. Playing as Oklahoma for the first time in NCAA Football 11 taught me how good DeMarco Murray is. I ran the option and HB #7 flew by an Oklahoma State linebacker as if he wasn't there.
I am excited to see this guy in real life. He is quick, agile, and has lightning-quick speed. Bradford going down early really took OU out of the news in New York. I saw Murray play in no games and barely saw any Sooner Highlights.
Now, I feel like this guy has a chance to be a star and I have barely even known of his existence prior to July.
Secondly, I attended Camp Crimson. As an out-of-state student, I didn't know many Oklahoma traditions.
Camp Crimson is an orientation-type program that teaches incoming freshman the ins and outs of OU Traditions, Chants, Yells, Fight Songs, and Rivalries.
It also helps teach students about academic resources on campus and other important information. I would recommend it to any incoming student.
I found out that I only knew about half of what I needed to have down. I knew that if someone yelled "Boomer," you immediately replied "Sooner" (I followed Penn State football for years, so this one just replaced "We are Penn State")
Camp Crimson also taught me how much Sooner fans HATE Texas. I knew it was a rivalry, but i didn't realized it was a hatred. The disdain OU fans have for UT is palpable wherever you go.
I am actually afraid to wear a New York Mets shirt I own on campus. Not because people hate New York, but because it is orange. Orange is bad. Really bad.
There is a dome on top of the Journalism Building at OU that shines the colors of the rainbow...except orange.
I am learning about OU faster than I could've imagined and am extremely excited to move in next week. I will be sure to wear Crimson and Cream, hold one finger in the air during the OU Chant, and make sure to burn the Longhorns gear I bought visiting Austin last year.
So "Hi-Rickety-whoop-ti-do, Boomer Sooner Okla-U," "Beat Texas," and "Live on University!" I think this journey will be an extremely memorable one!