I can’t say I had one defining moment. My OU moment is a collection of memories that have accumulated over time and extend far beyond graduation. The professors, the extracurricular activities, the small campus where you aren’t just a number, the things I learned about myself. College is a time for self-discovery and personal growth, and Oglethorpe is an excellent place to do that. You are safe in a small environment, with endless opportunities right outside those front gates! In the years since graduation, I continue to realize I made the best decision. I am still in touch with many of my classmates and have renewed old friendships, and am able to network for almost any scenario. My OU education does indeed allow me to think more broadly, and make a difference in many ways I never expected. Then, of course, there’s that young basketball player I met; that was a life-changer!
Originally from Brazil, Ricardo Carvalho ’85 came to Oglethorpe in 1981 to study business. His visa wouldn’t allow him to work off-campus, so he accepted a job as a dishwasher at the cafeteria to pay his tuition. Lisa Mitchell was a student at an Atlanta art school and came to campus on occasion to visit friends. Later, when the two were formally introduced, Lisa confessed she had noticed Ricardo from behind the dish window where she returned her plate and silverware. They have now been married for 26 years.