Q&A with... OSU President Burns Hargis By David Bitton Stillwater News Press Burns Hargis, the 18th president of Oklahoma State University, took office in March 2008. B urns Hargis, president of Oklahoma State University, offers tips to freshmen. Q. WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE FRESHMEN? A. Have a plan. As Boone Pickens says, “A fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan.” Go to class! Participate in class. Explore research opportunities. Ask questions and seek help when necessary. We are here to help you achieve your dreams. Get involved in campus organizations that interest you. You will meet people, and learn and develop your leadership skills. Enjoy the many activities and events on campus, and be sure to focus on your physical and mental wellness. 10 STILLWATER SURVIVAL GUIDE 101 | 2018 Q. WHAT’S AN EXPERIENCE EVERY STUDENT SHOULD HAVE WHILE AT OSU? A. Enjoy a campus event or activity such as a big-time college athletic event, or a play or concert. Go see your peers perform at the highest levels. Explore the many study abroad opportunities at OSU. And, if you get a chance, take a ride with the First Cowgirl in Clementine! Q. WHAT WAS YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE LIKE AT OSU? A. I had a wonderful experience at OSU. I earned a degree in accounting and learned valuable lessons by volunteering and serving in various organizations on campus. I learned how much I enjoyed trying to make things better. My time at OSU helped prepare me for an exciting and fulfilling life. Q. WHAT’S ONE MISTAKE STUDENTS SHOULD AVOID? A. Mismanaging their time. Each semester flies by quickly. It’s easy to put things off but it’s hard to catch up. Students must be disciplined in how they manage and balance classwork, campus activities and social time. Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF CAMPUS? A. That is difficult. I enjoy a lot of areas of our beautiful campus. For sure one area would be library lawn during a class change. I love watching the movement of thousands of students between classes who, with each step, are closer to earning a coveted OSU degree. Go Pokes!!