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Vana Stevens

Vana Stevens

Vana Stevens
Academic Counselor
110 Engineering North #110A
Stillwater, OK 74078


About Vana:

I have moved over 22 times, 16 of them before I graduated high school. My dad is a Texas football coach turned middle school principal. I recently got married to the love of my life and we have an adorable orange tabby cat named Leo. I love seeking out experiences and adventures from new projects to traveling destinations. I am a firm believer that students grow and develop both inside and outside of the classroom and really incorporate this philosophy in my work. When I’m not at work I love to spend time with friends and loved ones, go on fun trips, cook new recipes, and play video games with my hubby.

Hometown: Anna, TX

High School: Anna High School

College: BA: Psychology with a Minor in American Sign Language (Texas Tech University); M.S. Educational Leadership: College Student Development (Oklahoma State University)

Hobbies: Cooking, playing video games, spending time with friends, and reading books.

Favorite Music: Rap, pop, country, indie, EDM, rock, and throwbacks

Favorite Book: As I Lay Dying, By: William Faulkner

Something not everyone knows about you: I was a national champion powerlifter at the NASA Powerlifting HS national championship in 2013.

Favorite Quote: “Bloom where you are planted and sow where you are fed...” – Stella Payton

Best Advice for College Students: Academics are huge, but know that it is more than that. A high GPA won’t land you every job. It takes growth, it takes knowing your strengths and how you plan to continue to grow in areas you aren’t as strong in. It takes being exposed to more than just yourself and being open to working with others and gaining experiences holistically. Join a new club, or maybe even just attend a meeting to see what it is about. Get out of your room and meet peers, if not to build friendships, at least to network and build connections for the future.

Favorite OSU Memory: Personally, I adore homecoming. However, my favorite memory would have to be my 3rd day living on campus in graduate school. I was lost looking for the math building and a random stranger walking by said, “you look lost… have a map!” and gave me a campus map. It was so kind, I almost cried.

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