Research 101

Wooo…glad today is over, although I’m really excited about what I got to do today! I have been doing undergraduate research this semester under Dr. Eduardo Faingold about the Mexican Drug War and its implications on American foreign policy. It has been so interesting, and I have loved getting to learn all about it! Today, I had the opportunity to present my findings at the Research Colloquium on campus–it’s a HUGE conference where hundreds of students doing undergraduate research at TU get to present in front of judges and share their research and what they’re passionate about with an audience. I had a really great time participating! I’m glad that all of that work is behind me, though =)

Also, this week is Springfest. We’ve had really fun activities all week–Monday they had a Battle of the Bands with free t-shirts and all sorts of cool stuff, and then last night they brought in Jack’s Mannequin for FREE! They played a great concert…they’re a band that I really love, and getting to see them free (as I do with all great concerts that TU brings to campus) was awesome! Tonight we’re decorating TOMS shoes and hanging out in Reynolds Center, tomorrow is the 1st annual Mr. and Ms. Hurricane pageant (it should be pretty funny…there’s a girl in my sorority in it so I’m really excited to cheer her on) and then on Friday is Relay For Life, which is a huge deal on our campus. I’m so excited for the rest of the week, and I can’t wait for next week which is Kappa Sigma’s philanthropy week. They have a huge dance competition that all of the sororities participate in, and it’s always so fun seeing the dances that everyone makes up. Next time I write, I’ll have to tell you all about it!

Until then, I’ll be wishing away this rainy, cold weather and hoping that some sun comes our way next week! Talk to you soon!

Gotta Represent!

from student blogger Quinn…
So as I quickly approach the end of my undergraduate career, I’ve started realizing that I haven’t done much in the city of Tulsa. My realization first came a couple weeks ago when my friends and I took a bike ride from TU over to Riverside (yeah it was a long ride)…but well worth it. As we rode our bikes across town, I noticed so many things that I had never noticed before. Mainly, restaurants because I was starving throughout the duration of the bike ride.

Anyway, realizing that there were some many things/places that I haven’t done/been, I’ve decided to make a Tulsa Bucket List. I’m not sure that I will be able to complete every task, but I’ll definitely try. I’ve got two things crossed off my list so far, and I hope to get another next week during the Drillers opener. I’ve never been to a Drillers game, and I’ve been dying to check out their new stadium. I’m sure it won’t compare to Cardinals baseball, but it’s sure to be a good time. I’ll update you as I think of more things to add to my Tulsa Bucket List! Almost forgot… suggestions are welcome!

Spring Break!

Best week EVER, and I’m definitely not quite ready to readjust back to school mode. I went to Panama City Beach with my pledge class in my sorority, and we had the best time! We spent plenty of time on the beach, ate at some amazing restaurants, and found a few other TU students who were down there at the same time and hung out with them a lot! It was an amazing trip, and coming back to Tulsa was so hard. I’m excited to be back and finish the semester, though–there’s a ton of fun stuff coming up like Springfest and a bunch of fraternity and sorority philanthropy weeks. It will be really fun!

The ride to and from Florida (all 17 hours total both ways) was pretty uneventful, but I sure have a story to tell today! We drove from Panama City Beach to Fort Smith, Arkansas yesterday and stayed in Fort Smith at the house of one of my pledge sisters who came on the trip with us overnight to break up the drive. On our drive from Fort Smith to Tulsa today (a whopping two hours), we got a flat tire, a leak in another tire, AND our cartop carrier came unzipped and our stuff flew all over the interstate! We were able to pull over and retrieve it all–thankfully all of the cars and trucks were able to change lanes to avoid hitting any of it. I definitely never thought I’d spend my Sunday afternoon dodging semis on the highway, though! It’s definitely a story that I’ll have to tell my kids one day…followed by a nice warning that they should do as I say, not as a do. It was an experience for sure, and I’m glad that everything turned out OK. Now I’m settled back in Tulsa, unpacked, and back to the grind. I’m excited to be back on campus, and ready for the nice weather that we’ll have this week! It will be just as beautiful as the weather in Florida, which will definitely make the transition easier! =)