Written by: University Relations
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s student body has been recognized for its diversity, athletic talent and academic achievements. Our students are from nearly 30 states and more than 15 different countries. Each student has a story that makes him or her a unique part of OKWU culture.
What unifies our culture, though, is a powerful sense of community—students loving and serving and achieving excellence together. A student who represents this ideal is senior and Aaron Terrill.
Aaron Terrill is a Senior Financial Economics major with a minor in Accounting. Going into college, Aaron knew he wanted to play soccer. OKWU had the kind of soccer program he was looking for, and there was a family connection, too. His parents are both alumni and his sister Morgan, was also attending when he made his decision to join the OKWU family.
A native of Shawnee, Kansas, Aaron was active in his home church, and his involvement continued as a member of the OKWU community. Aaron’s academic excellence was quickly recognized at the Chesapeake Energy School of Business. He became a participant in the Pareto Group facilitated by Dr. Wendel Weaver, which is only open to the top 20% of CESB students. Says Dr. Weaver, “Aaron is super charismatic—he is just a guy people want to be around. He has great character and is a hard worker.”
A four-year varsity soccer player, Aaron has made time to be on the Spiritual Life team, was both a Resident Assistant (RA) and Student Mentor, and leads a small group at KLIFE. He has also participated in RESTORE (OKWU’s student community volunteer group) and been a speaker at Altar, the Sunday-night student-led chapel.
Ben Rotz, Assistant Vice President of Student Development, says of Aaron,
“When I think of students who understand and embody the 4Ps, I think of Aaron. He pursues Christ above all, he’s passionate about God’s truth in Scripture, and he seeks to practice what he preaches by leading and serving his fellow students.”
Aaron isn’t sure what life after college will be yet, but is looking at a few opportunities; which—Dr. Weaver noted for him—include two major corporations vying for his attention. Aaron is also passionate about being involved in missions and sharing the Gospel, saying “What I’ve loved most [at OKWU] is seeing God change a lot of lives since I’ve been here. Him allowing me to be a part of that has been a really cool experience.”