Corey Collins was always encouraged by his parents to go to Oklahoma State University, although he had reservations.
Seems his parents knew best, as a campus visit provided confirmation.
“I didn’t think it was for me, nor did I think I would be a good fit,” said Collins, who was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Piedmont. “I toured and I fell in love with the campus, and the people on campus.”
Collins, the first of his family to attend OSU, has jumped into campus involvement, leading to his selection as one of OSU’s Top 20 Freshmen. Following a detailed interview process, he was then selected as one of the Top 10 Freshmen.
Collins is a business management major, and an aviation management minor.
“I really chose management because of how diverse it is, but with it specific to how to manage situations and how to manage people,” Collins said. “That’s going to open all the doors for me, not only in the business world, but also showing my interest in the aviation industry.
“I love all the fascinations that travelling brings, whether that be going to the airport, knowing that someone is going on a dream vacation or maybe seeing a loved one.”
Collins was always involved with his community as a child and served on student council in high school.
“I first joined as a sophomore, then junior year I became historian, and senior year I was the vice president,” he said.
And he’s remained active at OSU.
Collins was involved with President’s Leadership Council (PLC), and Junior Greek Life. He is on the Business Student Council, a group which encourages faculty and students to interact to benefit the Spears College of Business. He was named to the President’s Honor Roll after posting a 4.0 grade point average his freshman year.
“In my free time, I like to hang out with friends, whether that’s developing relationships with the people who are around me or reaching out to new people,” Collins said. “I feel like being involved with a house has helped me develop as a man.”
Collins also participates in the Spears Business Mentor program.
“Being mentored by my mentor through the Spears Business Mentor Program has helped me a lot,” he said. “It’s awesome to ask him questions like resume things, interviews, or even problems that may show up on homework.”
Additionally, Collins works at the Business Student Success Center, which encourages business students and helps them achieve their goals through the Spears School of Business.
“I have been able to network with an amazing group of coworkers and see how an office works from the inside,” Collins said of his campus job. “I have been able to see the OSU community in a different way and it has been a unique experience. Working in the business school has encouraged me to stay plugged in and involved with Spears activities.”
Collins offers some advice for any incoming freshmen:
“I would suggest to anybody coming to OSU, to just put themselves out there on the line, and know that you will make mistakes or things might not go your way, but know that you’re going to grow from it and you will learn as you go.”