Baley Wells | Locust Grove, OK
Sociology with a focus on criminology, Class of 2021
Library and Information Science with a certificate in Digital Humanities, Class of 2023
“Being a first-generation student has taught me to value education and to encourage other people in my family to apply for and attend college. I would not be who I am or where I am today if I had not decided to attend OU.”
As a third-grader, now grad student Baley Wells made a decision that would bring her closer to her life goals: she would be the first person from her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. In high school, Wells spent most of her time in her rural hometown and only visited metropolitan areas for class trips. That’s why the University of Oklahoma stuck out to her – while Norman had a close-knit community, coffee shops on every corner, and entertainment on and off campus, nearby Oklahoma City offered her a side of life she had never experienced before.
During her undergrad, Wells worked on-campus at OU’s Library Service Center, which helped her discover she had a passion for public libraries and accessibility to education. When there was an opening for a full-time staff position as manager, Wells jumped on the opportunity and became manager of the Library Service Center.