During her time at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Cori Campbell has experienced quite a few “bonuses”—perhaps none bigger than being the 2021 recipient of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Character Award.
Spurred on by Coach Julia Mongin to enter her name, Campbell almost forgot about the competition until the night of the deadline. “I wrote it really fast. I really did not think I would get it,” she said. But, of course, she did receive the award. And the unexpected nature of how it happened is on par with the rest of her athletic career at OKWU—starting with the fact that she even has an athletic career. “I didn’t originally think I would play a sport in college,” she said. “I knew that if I went to school for tennis, it would be for tennis, and not for my education. I wanted to really focus on [that.] OKWU allowed me to do that and still play the sport I love.”
Playing the sport she loves is no easy commitment for Campbell. She’s double majoring in Graphic Design and Strategy and Digital Cinema, and she’s stayed active and involved with extracurricular activities on campus. While scheduling can be a challenge, she’s made it work—Campbell was named a Scholar-Athlete by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, signifying that she’d achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
A junior now, she’s not quite sure what comes after graduation, but that’s fine with her. She’s going to keep doing what she’s been doing—working hard in the classroom and on the tennis court, enjoying the journey to the fullest.