In the beginning, I chose OPSU because I love the Panhandle, but I stayed because of the education, the people, the opportunities, and the values of those surrounding me.Makenze Anderson
Anderson attended NWOSU her first semester but knew it wasn’t where she was meant to finish college as she missed the Panhandle area. She knew that by staying strong in her faith, the right path would reveal itself. Makenze attended the OPSU Chili Cook-Off one weekend to help Anchor D Bank, and Dr. Nels Peterson uncovered her desire to come back, giving her a scholarship. Anderson commented, “I am forever indebted to him assisting me in getting back to OPSU.”
Makenze was involved around campus with several clubs and working on the school farm for four years. She graduated in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Animal Science and Agribusiness.
Makenze met her husband Ramy, a Panhandle State alum, on-campus, and they both loved it so much they are planning on staying for the long run. They live in Goodwell, where they serve as the Directors at OPSU Methodist Student Center and lead the Youth Group at their church. Anderson enjoys spending time with their two dogs that they consider their kids, Gracee and Kodah, as well as supporting Panhandle State and Goodwell Eagle students.
When asked her favorite part about Panhandle State, she replied, “My favorite thing about Panhandle State is the people. In the beginning, I chose OPSU because I love the Panhandle, but I stayed because of the education, the people, the opportunities, and the values of those surrounding me. I still believe today that OPSU is invaluable to our region.”