Tricia Virtue, photography junior, discusses her plans to study abroad and transfer schools.
After studying abroad next semester, Virtue will move to Georgia to pursue her photography dreams. Though she will miss OCU, she feels excited and hopeful for the future.
Q: Is your name short for Patricia?
A: No. Just Tricia. My grandmother’s name was Patricia. She died when my parents were first married, and they promised her that they’d name their first child after her. If I was a boy, I would have been Patrick. They decided on Tricia, because they didn’t want me to be called Pat. I have some nicknames, though: Tricka, Trasha, and T-Rex.
Q: Is it true that you are studying abroad next semester?
A: Yes, I’m going to study photography at the Glasco school of art. They don’t have a course breakdown like we do here, but I’ll be taking 30 hours. It’s all photography classes and a critique class, where we put our work on display and critique each other.
Q: Why Scotland?
A: I’m going for the nature – rolling hills, beautiful trees. I’ll focus on that, but I do want to expand my portrait experience. I’ll be doing mostly natural light portraiture and nature.
Q: Is it true that you are leaving us after Scotland and moving to Georgia?
A: It is true. I have been accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design, or SCAT, and will be going there in the fall. In my search for a new school, I was looking for a small design school, where photography was a main focus. I didn’t give myself a radius; I allowed myself to look at schools across the country. When I found SCAT, I had the same feeling as when I found OCU. I fell in love. They are one of the greatest art and design schools in the country.
Q: What is the one thing you must do before you leave OCU?
A: Make it to the top of the Goldstar building.
Q:What is the one thing you can’t wait to get away from?
A: The awful wifi.
Q: What would you do in OKC if you had unlimited funds?
A: I want to rent one of those horse carriages.
Q: What is your favorite picture you have ever taken?
A: Bear Lake in Colorado. It was the first time I realized I had a passion for photography. We were visiting my uncle when I was fourteen, and he let me use his camera.
Q: What is your favorite activity/possession in the whole world?
A: This is ridiculous, but I really like to sleep. I also love cats. And owls. There’s a plastic owl behind Cane’s to scare away the birds. I’ve worked at Cane’s for almost two years now.
Q: What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you at Canes?
A: It’s not weird; it’s sweet. Last Valentine’s Day, a couple asked if there were any ladies working. There were two of us, so they pulled up to the window and gave us chocolate and flowers.
Q: Where do you see yourself in life when you get your first cat, and what would the cat be?
A: I see myself living in an apartment, starting my own business. I probably will not be married yet. You need a cat before you get married. I will either still be in Georgia or somewhere like Colorado. I really want a Munchkin cat. Then, I will get a Corgi, so they can both be short animals.
Q: If you were to die in a bathtub filled with the thing that you love most, what would be in the bathtub?
A: Owls. I would for sure want owls to surround me in my death.
Q:Do you have any parting wisdom, words, or advice before you leave OCU?
A: I guess I’ll just say something cheesy. Enjoy every moment. Cherish friendships. Don’t rush through it.