Meet Tomika, our Digital Spaces Specialist. She works with the “small but mighty” trinity that manages D2L and Canvas. From updates to portfolio work, Tomika helps see that these programs run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. An OU grad and IT tenured employee, Tomika is an absolute delight.
So tell us about your time with IT!
I’ve worked for IT for about 10 years now. I started out as a student employee doing deliveries and lab tech work. I took some time off school, and when I did I started working full time. I just finished my bachelors officially last year though!
So you were a student here at OU as well! Did you major in something super tech related?
Not at all! I started out as a Chemical Engineering major but quickly realized that engineering was not for me so I started studying psychology. I want to eventually get my Masters. In my work you learn to deal with different personalities so my psych background comes into play.
Where are you from?
St. Louis! I ended up at OU because my aunt and uncle lived here and I was a National Merit Scholar. At first Norman was a big change from a big city like St. Louis, but I ended up really liking the small town feel it has. I feel very welcomed by this city, and I like the slower pace.
Have you seen any change in Norman at all since you’ve been here?
Honestly not really, but I like that about it. I thought about moving to OKC awhile back, but Norman still has that welcoming, home town feeling that I got when I first moved here. It’s like its own little bubble in the state, and I love that about it.
I’m getting the vibe from your amazing scarf that you are quite the fashionista.
Oh thank you! It’s so funny because when I was little I used to be such a tomboy; my mom used to have to fight to get me in a dress. But scarves have become my thing–I have so many. It got to the point where I had to get one of those hanging scarf organizers for my closet to keep everything under control. I’m a little OCD when it comes to my closet: I have everything in there coded according to season and on the ROYGBIV color scale.
That is the most incredible thing I have ever heard. Do you have any hidden talents?
I’ve actually played violin off and on for the last 20 years. I started in elementary school, and I think I was so drawn to it because my mom used to put on classical music to help me sleep when I was little. I don’t practice as much as I used to, but it’s a really good stress reliever. It’s like my brain can turn off, and I just focus on the music on the page–everything else falls into the background.
Where is someplace you’ve always wanted to go?
Sydney, Australia. Specifically the Sydney Opera House. I don’t know why but I saw a picture of it in a book when I was a kid and I remember thinking, “I am going to go there someday.” I just love its architecture–it’s just this huge, massive structure sitting on the water. This big, beautiful curved building! It’s just one of those place on my bucket list.
If you had to describe yourself in a brief statement, what would it be?
Oh my gosh, I hate questions like this–they are so hard to answer! I guess I would say, based off of what my friends tell me, that I am “delightfully weird.” Apparently some of the things I say are off the wall, but that’s just how my brain works. So yeah, delightfully weird is me!
Delightfully weird indeed. Thanks Tomika! We loved talking with you.