Outstanding Southeastern Alumni Profiles

Mitchell Emberson

Mitchell Emberson

by Maddison Poteet


“I am very passionate about making a difference,” said Mitchell Emberson.  “Whether it is helping within an entire organization or a single person, I’m always looking to make someone smile.”

Emberson graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May of this year.  The California native is also a graduate of Taft Union High School. As a high school senior, he knew he wanted to major in occupational safety and health. After much research and many school tours, he discovered that Southeastern was one of the top safety schools in the nation.

“After coming on a campus tour and visiting with the program director, I knew that Southeastern would be my home for the next four years,” he said.

Majoring in occupational safety and health, and minoring in health and physical education, he has held true to his initial academic dream. With degree in hand, he plans to work as a safety professional in the medical field, as well as starting his online master’s degree in safety this fall.

Like many students at Southeastern, Emberson realized campus organizations allowed him to be involved in many different things. An extremely active member of the Southeastern community, he was the president of the True Blue Ambassadors, a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Alumni Legacy Leaders, National Honor Society, and was part of the action team for the Leadership Series hosted by the Student Government Association.

“The cool thing about Southeastern is that you have so many opportunities to be actively involved in so many different things across campus, which takes the college experience to a whole other level,” he said.

In order to gain professional experience, Emberson worked as a student athletic trainer for Southeastern athletics. In that role, he attended practices and taped ankles, assisted with rehab, shadowed the trainers.

This ambitious young man insists that Southeastern has prepared him for his future not only with the necessary academic knowledge, but by taking his leadership skills to another level, and teaching him to be more active in the community.  Looking back, Emberson said that making the decision to leave home and attend Southeastern was the best decision he could have made.

“I am super close with my family back home, and tended to get really homesick while I was at school, but going away to college opens your eyes to so many cool things,” he said.  “My parents told me, and all of my siblings, that it is best to go off and experience life outside of our hometown, meet people from all over, and enjoy the college experience, because home will always be there for us when we return.  Southeastern is a school that is big enough to get that great college experience, but not too big where you will get lost in the crowd.”

One of his favorite memories is his involvement in the President’s Leadership Class during his freshman year. As a PLC member, he enjoyed having the opportunity to live in North Hall, where he stepped out of his comfort zone and met many new lifelong friends.

Back home while in California, Emberson can be found doing community service activities in his hometown, traveling and playing in beach volleyball leagues. Emberson’s advice to a younger version of himself, and other young people considering their future, “You are on a journey, which means things will change.  Even important things will change, sometimes shockingly. But, you will find it’s nevertheless a good journey, and it’s worth every step.”