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Our Story

Take a minute and think about all of the people around you that you know – now ask yourself, how much do you really know about them? Most likely, we’re only glancing at the surface.

But what if you could know more about the people around you? What if you had the opportunity to understand those who surround you on a deeper level – what drives their success, what motivates them, what keeps them pushing forward?

How would that change the way we treat each other?

We think we know who Oakland University is. Research defines the people of OU as resilient, dedicated, determined humans who are persistent in discovering and manufacturing their own success.

But what we want to know is who is OU beyond the research – beyond these walls. Who is the real OU?

Everyone has a story and this is ours.

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Daniel's Story

Student daniel lewis standing outside of a building at wayne state university looking proud with his hands in his pocketsDaniel Lewis – Flint, Michigan
Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership, 2018
Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy, minor in Exercise Science, 2016

Daniel Lewis grew up in Flint, Michigan before coming to Oakland University for a bachelor of health sciences. Growing up in Flint prepared him with the grit and determination he possesses today. After drastically changing his career course, Daniel is now a success coach at Wayne State University – where he is able to inspire other young students to transform their futures.

“I want to show that there is hope in this route – if you dream it, you can achieve it.”


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