Students at Ouachita Hills College enjoy a wide range of activities, from classes to vocational training to recreation and outreach; all in a family atmosphere. “You feel like you can be yourself here, like each person is a family member,” says Abigail Dragomir, Biblical Studies major. “We all work together in everything to accomplish our goals.”
OHC students enjoy a high staff to student ratio. Not only are they able to benefit from each staff member's expertise, but they are also able to get close to the faculty as mentors. “The staff here are amazing!” says Heidi Hunt, Elementary Education major. “They are genuine Christians. No matter how busy they are, they will always make time for us when we need them.”
The classes are each as unique as the individual teachers, but each class has one thing in common – using subject matter to point the students higher. “The courses are taught in such a way that not only do they address the theoretical aspect of the subject material, but also the practical aspect,” says Dayana Dominic, auditing Biblical Studies major. Practical vocational training is also included in each student's learning experience to balance book learning. “It is vocation vacation [from classwork],” says Esther Morris, Personal Ministries major.
Dorm life offers a unique opportunity to grow and learn with friends. Both mens' and womens' deans provide worships in each dorm and students often initiate small group activities. Music, study, laughter, prayer, discussions, work, play and sleep are all a part of the OHC dorms. “I've loved every roommate I've had,” says Sarah Berlin, Elementary Education major. “Each one has a unique perspective on life, and each has challenged me and helped me grow.”
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” says an American proverb. Here, we have a balance of both. As a school, OHC plans activities such as weekend retreats, canoe trips, camping trips, bonfires, hikes and community service days. Individuals often plan small group activities with whoever wants to participate. “It is so fun to live, work, and play together,” says Jennita Schmidt, Elementary Education major. “You're able to get to know people for who they really are.”
OHC's emphasis on finding God's will and following it with the whole mind, body and soul is what has attracted the current student body. “The students are constantly encouraged and challenged to aspire to a higher walk with Christ both by their peers and teachers,” says Dayana Dominic. “I know that OHC will bless true seekers, those who hunger for a deeper Christian life.”