Freshman La-Berrica “Ronny” Ainer came to ORU with mixed expectations.
Disenchanted by the culture at his Christian high school, he hoped this place would be different.
Rushing into lower lot early on move-in day, his family was greeted by teams of blue shirts and plenty of excitement. “Everyone was really helpful,” said Ainer.
It was not until he saw his bed that Ainer was hit with the reality of a new chapter in his life.
“This isn’t my bed but I’m gonna sleep here,” he said. “You imagine that day for a long time.”
Ainer made friends quickly.
“I wasn’t expecting people to be this interested in everyone else,” he said. He remembers one evening finding students dancing outside the Prayer Tower. Joining in, he and his new friends danced for three hours.
Staying busy with ARISE and sister wing events, Ainer has explored opportunities on campus. A late-night jam session on his all-freshman floor even inspired him to start an acapella group.
Many men have already expressed interest in joining but the group is still growing.
“We need a few female voices,” Ainer said.
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