By Jordie Lindley
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Student athletes looking for colleges want to find some place they can call home, and for sophomore Taylor Marcum, she has found that at Oklahoma State University.
Marcum, a mid-year transfer from Baylor, has found her niche on the OSU softball team this spring, and is happy about her change.
“It is a good academic university, and I just knew that I could be happy here,” Marcum said.
Marcum started looking at transfer schools after the fall of 2008 and considered many different schools in Oklahoma to be closer to home.
“Some schools contacted me, and were interested in having me join their programs, but I was very interested in moving back to Oklahoma,” Marcum said. “I was looking at Tulsa and Oklahoma City University, but when I found out that I would be allowed to transfer within conference, I knew Oklahoma State would be a great fit for me.”
Marcum, who was recruited by Baylor her sophomore year of high school, was happy at Baylor, but missed her family.
“Academics were always very important to me, and Baylor is a great academic university,” Marcum commented. “They also had a very good tradition in their softball program, as well as some of the best facilities in the country. But when I was at Baylor, I never really knew how long it would be before I was able to see my family again.”
Happy about her move to OSU, Marcum is glad to be playing with some old teammates again.
“I knew I would be playing with some of my current teammates on a summer softball team, so it helped that I would know some people,” Marcum said.
OSU always had many benefits in Marcum’s eyes, but some things stood out more than others.
“I always know that I have someone I can talk to, and I love the fact that I am a part of a family here,” Marcum said. “Also, the coaching staff here is very personable. They are also always looking out for you. They are also really good at allowing us to maintain a balance between softball, and having a life. I also knew that the coaches here would help me reach my full potential.”
While Marcum is happy being at OSU, the move wasn’t easy. She developed strong bonds at Baylor, and it was hard for her to change her routine.
“The biggest struggle for me was that I had created some great friendships at Baylor, and here I only knew a few people,” Marcum said. “That was tough for me at first, because my comfort zone was gone. It was also hard adjusting to a new routine, and how things were done here. You get so used to how things are done where you are, and then when you leave and go to a new place, it’s very overwhelming trying to remember everything because you want to get everything right.”
After having time to adjust, Marcum has been enjoying this season at OSU and playing in her home state with her home traditions.
“Bedlam was an experience,” Marcum said. “I grew up in Oklahoma, so I was aware of how huge the rivalry was, but I don’t think one can fully understand how intense it is until you play in a Bedlam game. The atmosphere is unbelievable.”