Campus Visitors

I love fall break. Well, let me clarify…I love high school fall break. TU students don’t get a fall break (they DO get the entire week of Thanksgiving off, which is even better, since most of our students come from out of state and have a long trip home and everyone could use an entire week off right before finals).

Some Prospective Student Visitors

Anyway, when high schools have fall break, it means that we have a TON of visitors on campus.

The fountain in front of Collins Hall

So things are pretty lively here in Collins Hall.

Most of our admission counselors are back in the office after all their fall travel to high schools and college fairs across the country, so they are thrilled to be here to meet with families who are visiting.  One admission counselor, Karen Chen, said she hadn’t spent a full day in the office since September 1st!

Lindsley, a prospective student, and Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Dean of Admission

Our University Ambassadors have been working overtime giving extra tours and taking students to lunch. What would we do without our great UAs? Have I mentioned that they don’t get paid? They just love TU!

Some of our University Ambassadors about to give a tour

A campus tour leaving Collins Hall

Since we didn’t offer an official visit program this week, most of our (hundreds) of visitors this week planned individual campus visits. Some of them came with friends, and many of the visitors brought their parents, but they all got individual itineraries planned for their own personal interests. I met with one student who was thrilled because her class visits solidified her interests in biology and pre-med, and another student who decided to change his major after he really connected with a professor in another engineering discipline. It is exciting to see students exploring their interests and figuring out how TU will help them become the people they want to be.

Students and Ambassadors eating lunch

Some schools have fall break next week. It looks like it will be another busy week for The Office of Admission! See you then.

-Casey Reed

Tulsa Time

We just had our first Tulsa Time event of the year! The Tulsa Time Day Program on October 16th was so much fun.

Students went on tours, attended special interest sessions, and sat in on TU classes. Our University Ambassadors helped us with the program by giving tours, eating breakfast and lunch with students, and participating in student panels to answer questions about campus life.

Beverly Wheeler and one of our University Ambassadors

Grace and Solange, University Ambassadors

Thanks to everyone who came! We enjoyed meeting you and showing you around campus.

If you missed out on the Tulsa Time Day Program, be sure to sign up for our next event- the Tulsa Time Overnight Program on November 13th and 14th. We will offer all of the same great opportunities as the day program, as well as additional options (like staying overnight with a student host and going on a tour of the city of Tulsa)! Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

See you in November!

 I hope to see you on campus this fall!

-Casey Reed

 

We’re too Young to Know Certain Things are Impossible- So We do Them Anyway

Hello!

Today, let me give you some encouragement and roommate situations and tell you about an awesome opportunity I had because I decided to get involved!

So I’m actually writing this post having gotten off of a plane from Chicago a few hours ago! I am a part of the Society of Women Engineers and had the opportunity to go to a conference this past week in Chicago! We got to go to sessions about everything from how to interview to how to know if a company is right for you. We also got to go to a job fair with about 250 different companies. I got to learn about different internship opportunities for this summer and a TON about jobs in the real world. While I am only a freshman, I thought that this was such a great experience to get to learn about the engineering world beyond school. I went with six other girls and while I learned a LOT form the sessions and the job fair, I probably learned the most simply from advice the other girls gave me throughout the week! The reason I got to go to this conference as a freshman was that I was eager to be involved in activities and learn about engineering and life. I say this to encourage you, a junior or senior, to start thinking about what you would like to be involved in at TU or wherever you decide to go. I decided I want to be involved in the Society of Women Engineers and pursued an officer position, even my freshman year. As a result, I got the AWESOME opportunity to go to a job fair in Chicago!

First, let me start by talking about something that I was nervous about when I came to college. I came to TU as only the second student from my town to ever come here, so I was uneasy, to say the least, about the roommate situation. I did not know anyone who was going here and had to sign up for a random roommate. Terrifying, huh? Let me tell you, though, my story has been a great success story!! My randomly chosen roommate and I love living together, and while we are very different people (I’m an engineer and she’s in musical theater!), we get along very well. And though we don’t always get along perfectly (I have an eight am class on mornings she wants to sleep in), we are both freshman and are both just as lost as the other. We have had so much fun figuring out how college and life without parents works! We’ve cried together, eaten PB&J on the floor together, and stayed up half the night together. I say all this to encourage you that while everything doesn’t always turn out perfectly, your roommate is probably just as nervous and excited about college as you are and, chances are, you’ll have a lot more in common than you think!