Senior Spotlight May 2021 – Zoe Douglas

Senior Spotlight May 2021 – Zoe Douglas

This year we are continuing our tradition of Senior Spotlights! For everyone, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years, but we want to highlight our amazing seniors for preserving through these difficult times. 

Meet Zoe Douglas! She’s from Terre Haute, Indiana, and since she was eight years old, Zoe was obsessed with weather.

“When I was around 8 years old, I took home an interactive children’s book titled Discovery Plus: Weather & Sky. I loved spinning the wheel to learn about the water cycle and pulling the tab to move a tornado across the page. I then began watching Stormchasers on The Weather Channel, and I became obsessed with weather forever. I still own the book that started it all,” she said. 

So she traveled all the way over to Norman! During her time in college, Zoe was a School of Meteorology Student Ambassador and a member of the University of Oklahoma Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society & National Weather Association (SCAN).  She was also SCAN’s treasurer her senior year!

To her, the toughest part of college was her freshman year. “As an introvert, moving 700 miles away from my hometown and support system was difficult. With only one meteorology class for one hour per week in the fall, it was hard to make friends within my program.”

But college is not all difficult times! 

“My two favorite parts of college were studying abroad at Reading’s meteorology program in the UK in Spring 2020, even though my experience got cut short by COVID-19, and making lifelong friendships with students in the meteorology program,” she said. 

After graduation in May, Zoe will be spending seven weeks camping, hiking, and driving with her dad along Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway. Then in the fall, Zoe will be attending Colorado State University to begin her M.S. in Atmospheric Science!

Congratulations, Zoe! The School of Meteorology is excited to see all you do in the future!