Goonie Love and Go TU,
Goonie Love and Go TU,
The dances are probably what I am going to remember the most clearly about my four years in high school: not necessarily the dances themselves, but the getting ready, taking pictures, and being around people that I love. After my senior prom, it suddenly hit me that I would never have anything like that again – or so I thought.
However, I was wrong. In the month of November, I went to a fraternity’s semi formal and my sorority’s formal. Honestly, both of these were more fun to me than high school dances were. I think it might have something to do with the fact that it’s a smaller group. My high school had 2,000 students, and, although not everyone went to the dances, it was never a small group of people, and sometimes the huge crowd took away from the overall enjoyment of the dances.
On top of that, Tri Delta had our formal at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Tulsa. It was a beautiful venue, and, on the drive over, I got to see parts of Tulsa that I had never seen before.
I’ve moved on from high school, but I’m happy I don’t have to give up the dances just yet!
My parents are immigrants. My dad is from England and my mom is from Denmark. They moved to America about 25 years ago for work opportunities, thinking they would move back to Europe eventually. But we’re still here.
My dad grumbles sometimes about the road systems, saying how much better they are in England. My mom still speaks Danish everyday and is proud of her first culture. That being said, I know how thankful they are to be here. My dad became an American citizen around ten years ago, and he knows a lot more about American history than a lot of American-born citizens do. My mom, although not yet a citizen, makes it very clear that she loves America. On many occasions, she has told me, “I love Denmark, but I could never move back to Europe. I love it here too much.”
That being said, my family does not do a lot on Thanksgiving. Yes, we have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie. But we have never watched the Macy’s parade, participated in a Turkey Trot, or watched Thanksgiving football. We have, however, formed our own small tradition of, before we start to eat, going around the table a few times and saying what we’re thankful for. Sometimes this lasts up to forty-five minutes, and sometimes we’re just so hungry that we only do a couple of rounds. But something that never changes is that we all have things that we’re thankful for.
This year, sitting at a Thanksgiving table with two Brits, four Danes, and three English-Danish-American mixes, I know I have a lot to be thankful for. Of course, there are the basics that I can talk about every year – my family, my friends, my house, my health, my dog – but there are also a lot of new things that I’m thankful for: my life in Tulsa, my sorority sisters, my roommate, figuring out what I want to do with my life, and simply being lucky enough to get to go to such an amazing school.
Homecoming this year was so fun! From the standpoint of being part of housing staff, it was a very busy week and definitely filled with a lot of work, but nevertheless I enjoyed it all! One my favorite events that we participated in was street painting. Street painting landed on my birthday so it was embarrassing when the rest of my fellow staff members made everyone there sing me happy birthday but it was definitely something to remember. It was also a little sad that it happened to ran the next day and washed away all of our work but it was fun while it lasted!
Haunted Hall was a Hurricane Thursday event that happened to not only land during the week of homecoming, but also on Halloween. It was a Fisher South (the all freshman residence hall) event and put on by the members of hall government. We turned the three story hall into a haunted house and every level was kicked up a notch on the scary scale. It was fun getting to listen to a series of constant screams all night and seeing the 8 hours of work we put into the event pay off.
That weekend was parent’s weekend. I’m from Arizona and my parents couldn’t make it out for a weekend, but I was so fortunate to be adopted by multiple families for dinners, lunches, and brunches. My friend’s family even brought Kate’s puppy down for the weekend so we got lots of puppy time during the bonfire.
The latest event that I participated in was a week long game of Humans vs. Zombies. Everyone started out as a human and had a bandanna tied to their arm. There was one Alpha Zombie and thus began the game. The zombies had to tag a human to turn them, and the humans had to throw socks at the zombies to stun them for 15 minutes. During the day zombies had missions that the humans tired to interfere with and at night the humans were given missions they tried to complete without running into any zombies. By the end of the week there were about 40 zombies and 20 humans, and the humans were able to win the game! I did not have enough point to get me into the top humans, but I was the longest living human because I started day one so I was proud of myself!
As I said, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activities but hoe could you not love all of the fun activities that happen on campus? All that is left to do is make it through finals and gear up for the spring semester!
One of my favorite parts of Greek life is philanthropy events. Every fraternity house is in a national alliance with a different organization, which they sponsor dinners and activities to raise money for. The Chi-Omega chapter sponsors “Hootiefest” to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Our goal was to raise over $6,000, which is enough money to grant one child their wish.
The first activity kicked off November 11th at the Chi-Omega house. There was an all you can eat dinner- $5 from everyone at the door- that consisted of food from all over Tulsa including Zio’s, Chipotle, Pei Wei, and much more! The event took many weeks of planning and an entire day to set up, but all the hours of hard work payed off to make a great event!
TU Moms’/Parents’ Group in St. Louis
The mother of a TU sophomore approached me last fall when her daughter was in her first semester at TU. She expressed her idea of putting together a TU Moms’ group in St. Louis as an opportunity to connect with one another as their children are having a shared experience with The University of Tulsa. Not only is it a great way to meet new people who have something in common (TU!), but it’s also a great way for the parents to feel connected to their children while they’re away at school almost 400 miles away. Many parents are heavily involved in their kids’ activities when the kids are at home, so when the kids go away to college, a void exists. These opportunities help to fill some of that void! Continue reading
One of the hardest parts about going to college is figuring out what you want your major to be aka what you want to do for the rest of your life. Some of my friends still haven’t decided. Honestly I just think it has to be something that you like. As they say, “Find a job you love and you will never have to work another day in your life.” I love my major, but it is very demanding. Maybe not quite as much as some of the science majors, but then again science was never my thing. Still, there are so many cool things about being an Energy Management major, such as the fact that I get to go on field trips to rigs! We got to wear these really dorky but fun lab coat things and hard hats.
One of the most interesting things about my major is reading The Prize- an 800+ page book that we are reading this semester. It is probably the most interesting “textbook” I have read thus far. I really enjoy being in Ted Jacob’s class, but it is definitely the hardest one I have had since starting here. One great thing about my major is that there are so many different things that you can do with it. You can work in the field or in the office. I am really excited about it. Here are some of the pictures I took the day our class went to the rig.
It is Homecoming week at TU, and we busy with traditions and celebrations. Meet the homecoming court and watch this video to see the 2013 Distinguished Alumni.
I took my first on-campus shower the first night that I moved in. My parents were still in town from dropping me off and were staying in a hotel downtown, so I had the chance to take one last private shower before really starting off my college experience, but I decided against it.
To be honest, as stupid as it may sound, showering on campus for the first time made me think, “What am I getting myself into?” It wasn’t what I was used to. I’ve never had to wear flip flops while I shower, and I think everyone can agree that taking a shower for the first time in an unfamiliar bathroom is a weird experience. I came out of my first shower thinking, “How am I going to shower here every single day until November?”
Well, I have good news: it’s November, and I’ve managed so far. In fact, I’ve started to even enjoy the showers. My roommate and I have pretty similar schedules, and one thing we’ve gotten in the habit of doing is showering at the same time so we can talk to each other from our different shower stalls. (It’s a little bit weird if there are other people there… but we don’t care.) On top of that, a lot of the girls on my floor like to play their music when they shower. Of course, that’s annoying if you don’t like the music that they’re playing, but, luckily, my floor has pretty good taste in music from what I’ve heard in the bathrooms. Sometimes, if there’s a song that I really like, I’ll sing along under my breath until my roommate yells at me to stop being embarrassing.
Now that Thanksgiving is getting close, I’ve started to think about what it’ll be like showering at home again. I would be very surprised if I didn’t walk into my shower with flip flops on just out of habit.
Moral of the story: most things about college are fun. Even the showers.
This is a really bad picture from the movie, but it was hard to get a good pic in the dark.