Outstanding Southeastern Student Profiles

Rebecca Gordon

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Rebecca Gordon is a senior double major in history and English, with a writing emphasis, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is a graduate of Wayne High School, a relatively small Oklahoma school that influenced her decision to come to SE.

“I decided to attend Southeastern because of the small class sizes and the absence of the ‘face in the crowd’ phenomena,” Rebecca said. “During my visits to Southeastern, I liked how the size of the campus encouraged a sense of community while also allowing one to encounter a variety of people and perspectives which is an instrumental part of the college experience.”

After graduating from Southeastern, Gordon is taking a gap year to research and visit graduate schools that best fit her career plans. Those career plans include becoming an academic librarian with a focus on literature, and writing in her spare time. During her gap year, she also aspires to gain further experience working in a library. The goal-driven senior plans to attain a dual Master of Library Science/Master of Arts in English.

When asked how SE has prepared Gordon for her career, she cited the courses here as a strong tool. “My courses at Southeastern helped prepare me for my career by improving my ability to write and think critically,” Gordon said. “Being able to write well and form a logical argument is fundamental for my career plans and is also applicable to many other careers.” Additionally, she says Southeastern helped prepare her by expanding her outlook on possibilities for a dynamic career.

Gordon is active on campus in the Honor’s Program, Alpha Chi, and Phi Alpha Theta. Outside of SE, she is currently an intern at the Museum of Southern Oklahoma in Madill. Her duties include doing inventory for the museum, cataloging items and eventually digitizing the records of the collection. She is presently co-writing a grant with the curator of the museum for improvements to the museum. She learned to write grants while taking a course in grant writing offered by the English department in fall 2014. She has researched grants, met with funders and is currently beginning the actual grant writing process.

“My internship has been an excellent opportunity to learn more about museum work, grant writing, and the importance of various types of communication,” Gordon said. “Therefore, I have been able to apply both my coursework in English and history to my work at my internship.”

Gordon is quick to point out that her advisors and professors have been extremely helpful during her collegiate career. She says they have encouraged her to try new courses revealing passions like Shakespeare and non-fiction writing that she never knew she had.

“I would encourage future and current Southeastern students to take classes outside of their traditional interests as they may discover a talent or passion for a new area of interest that will positively influence their future plans.” said Gordon.

Ultimately, she conveys that Southeastern has an excellent atmosphere that promotes individual attention from professors and helps encourage students to discover new interests, talents and perspectives. On the topic of motivation, she has an insightful stance that we could all benefit from.

“My family motivates me to succeed in school and other areas of life,” she said. “However, I have also found that having short-term and long-term goals is beneficial to success in school as well as life. By having short-term goals, I am able to effectively cope with setbacks and keep working toward my long-term goals.”

With that outlook, Rebecca Gordon is destined to be successful in whatever endeavors she strives to achieve.