Drew Ophus has never been a stranger to Oral Roberts University. He grew up in Broken Arrow, Okla., not far from campus. Both of Drew’s parents attended the university, and he went to elementary, middle and high school at Victory Christian School, just across Lewis Avenue from ORU. But Drew’s familiarity with ORU didn't necessarily make his college decision easy.
"The summer before my senior year, I was still undecided," Drew says. "I actually ended up applying to 20 universities."
He was accepted to all 20. But, there were two deciding factors for Drew: prayer and scholarships.
"I'm a really practical person, so I decided I was going to either an Oklahoma state school or ORU, because those would be my cheapest options," Drew says. "When I got the call that I received the Quest Whole Person Scholarship, right afterwards, I realized, ‘okay, I'm supposed to go to ORU.’
Through high school, Drew played on the tennis team and ran track and cross country, but he spent a lot of time thinking about his future in the medical field. In fact, Drew was president and treasurer of the pre-med society all four years of high school.
"I just really enjoy helping people, so I think the medical field is where I'm called to go," Drew explains.
When Drew was in seventh grade, a roller-skating accident left him disoriented and slurring his words. He was admitted to the hospital.
“I had a concussion, and the doctor who cared for me inspired me,” Drew says. “When I saw him, I saw myself. I thought, ‘I could do this every day of my life in the future.’
ORU is part of Drew’s path to that future. He is studying medical molecular biology while pursuing a minor in psychology.
“I want to go on to medical school and eventually become a radiologist or anesthesiologist,” he says.
While Drew has been on mission trips to Atlanta, Guatemala, Jamaica and Nicaragua, he hopes to use his degree and training to go on medical mission trips in the future.
Now, the university Drew "grew up next to," is home.
Drew said he appreciates that everyone at ORU has the same mindset of being Christian-focused.
“I’ve been a Christian my whole life,” he says. “I was saved when I was five years old and baptized a couple years after that. It’s definitely played a big part in my life and is one of the reasons I wanted to come to ORU.”
Drew says he appreciates prayer in class and bible courses as part of the core education, not just elective options.
“I like how the professors care about more than just your grades,” Drew said. “They care about you as a person. You're not a number to them; you're a student.”
Although Drew’s college decision wasn’t simple, he knows he made the right choice.
"During one of the first chapel services, Dr. Wilson was speaking, and he spoke directly to my heart," Drew says. "It was one of those moments that solidified I'm supposed to be here.”