Things are winding down here at the Admission Office. If you have a question about your application, please make sure to call the office before 5:00pm today, because we will be closed tomorrow and next week. We will reopen Monday, January 2nd, and classes for TU students resume on January 9th. We have been mailing out Admission Decisions this week for Rolling Admission Applicants who completed their applications, so be sure to watch your mailbox…
Our office has had a fun week full of student visitors, office parties, and community service. Now, we want to wish each of you a safe, happy holiday season. Happy New Year!
- The Office of Admission Staff with our Secret Santa presents- toys we donated to the Tulsa Police Department’s Toy Drive
TU gave every student at Kendall-Whittier Elementary a True Blue Neighbors sweatshirt in hopes that everyone will have a warm winter break
Here we are, slogging through our last finals. Spending long nights and days pouring over book after book, problem after problem, review after review, never sleeping, never resting. The life of college finals.
Okay, so maybe that’s true for SOME college students (though I haven’t met many!), but somehow I got very lucky! This first semester, I only had one final and it was last week! So, although I did study a significant amount for that final, my exam schedule was not bad at all. And for most students, even the older ones, it wasn’t too bad. While each student is enrolled in five or so classes, many of the classes don’t even have finals or have an optional final, something you take if your grade is on the borderline.
So, while I’m sure that finals get harder as you go, I’m pleased to say that I’ve survived this semester with little sleep, a fair amount of homework, and a TON of great memories.
Yesterday I met a prospective student who was visiting TU’s campus all the way from the island of Antigua and Barbuda. Careisha is in her final year of the IB Diploma Program at the Island Academy International School. She gave a presentation this summer at the International Baccalaureate Americas Annual Regional Conference, where she spoke about her journey from a community riddled with drugs and violence to being recommended to attend the Island Academy through Antigua’s Prime Minister.
Careisha with Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Dean of Admission
Every year, I encounter students who awe and inspire me with their strength and perseverance students who are teenagers but have already been through more struggle and heartbreak in their lives than many of us will ever see. Students who pursue higher education, not because it is the norm or the expectation, but because it is a necessity if they are to break free from the crippling cycles that surround them.
Careisha is one of these students. I’m not going to tell you the details of her story, because it isn’t mine to tell. But I am going to thank her for visiting The University of Tulsa. She brightened up our Thursday afternoon.
Today is Careisha’s 18th birthday. It is also a holiday in Antigua, National Heroes Day. Happy Birthday, Careisha! And Happy National Heroes Day to someone who is on her way to being a hero herself.
With the ACT this weekend, and the end of the semester fast approaching, I’m sure most of you have been busy studying for tests.
At TU, the whole campus community is trying to be supportive of our students who are currently studying for finals. Different departments and organizations around campus are offering free food, fun study-break activities, or opening their offices to students who need a quiet place to study. I know Dr. Purser in the Chemistry Department arranged for the TU Shuttle to bring students to his house one evening earlier this week to decorate cookies. I’m sure other professors offered similar activities. The Office of Admission did- last night, we hosted a Holiday Party for our University Ambassadors. The UAs came by to eat pizza, decorate cookies, and play a few holiday games.
Notice the open book on the table..it was supposed to be a break from studying!
Matt and Hillary in their holiday gear
Good luck studying! Be sure to take some breaks, and try to get some sleep!
What is my # 1 piece of advice for prospective students? I’ve said it before…VISIT CAMPUS!
Get a campus tour from real-life students. Meet with faculty members. Sit in on classes. Have a conversation with your admission counselor. Eat in the cafeteria. Attend a sporting event. Visit for a second time, during a different season or with a different family member. You learn something with each campus visit.
Have you visited all of the colleges you applied to? Use your winter break to plan some trips for the spring semester- whether it’s across the country or only across town. Even if it’s cold outside.
May your days be MERRY and BRIGHT!
Happy Holidays from the Office of Admission.
It’s the end of the semester, and I am soooo excited! This past weekend was a blast…I had my sorority’s formal on Friday night, my boyfriend’s fraternity’s semiformal on Saturday night, and tomorrow night is my sorority’s big philanthropy event! Tomorrow is the last day of classes before we have two days off before finals start, so we open our house from 10 pm until 2 am for people to come eat pancakes all night as a study break! It’s one of our most successful events–we raise a ton of money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is a cause near and dear to my heart. Especially now that it’s so close to Christmas, I think that everyone is in the spirit of giving.
Hannah and I getting ready to go to formal!
I’m also really excited because I have an enormous presentation on Tuesday night for my advertising class. My group actually got to put together an advertising campaign for Tulsa Animal Welfare, a division of the City of Tulsa that handles animal adoption and enforces city pet ordinances. It is so neat getting to work for a real client, and it’s all thanks to the connections that our professor has. He wants us all to meet real people in the business so that we can establish our own connections, too, which I think is really awesome and so characteristic of TU! I’ve done so much networking since I came here, and most of it is thanks to the efforts of my professors.
The next two weeks will be filled with studying for finals and avoiding procrastination (so easy to do when you don’t have class at all!), and hopefully lots of holiday fun. I’m so excited for Christmas, and I’m even more excited to have three weeks off of school. On top of that, we found out today that TU is playing in the Armed Forces Bowl against BYU on December 30, which will be a blast to watch! I’m so excited!
Happy holidays to all of you, and I’ll talk to you soon!
As you know, our office mailed out our Early Action admission decisions last week. They went out on November 22nd, and we have been getting phone calls and emails since then from excited students who are thrilled to have been admitted to The University of Tulsa. We love hearing how excited you are! I got this email from one of my students earlier in the week, and I just had to share it (I got her permission of course)!
I was SO EXCITED to receive an acceptance letter on Wednesday!
My dog and I sat on the stairs by the door anxiously waiting for the mail to come!
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to become a part of the TU family!
Thanks for sharing, Lindsley! Congratulations to you and all of our other students who were admitted to TU under our Early Action policy! We can’t wait for you to join the TU family, either.
For those of you who haven’t finished your application yet, this could be you in a few weeks! Notifications of Rolling Admission decisions will begin right before winter break. So make sure your application is complete!
Brrr. It is cold in Tulsa! I managed to get out of my office and brave the cold long enough to get to the Allen Chapman Activity Center to enjoy some of the activities going on there today.
ACAC is decorated for the holidays.
First, I joined our student bloggers for lunch in the Faculty Club. Then, I stopped by the TU bookstore to enjoy my discount during Staff Appreciation Day.
- I ran into some of my fellow admission bloggers enjoying the free cider and shopping!
If you don’t already know, The University of Tulsa does a lot of community service. One of our programs, True Blue Neighbors, partners TU with the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood so TU students, faculty and staff can focus a lot of their volunteer efforts nearby. Today, elementary students from Kendall Whittier visited campus to sing Christmas Carols in ACAC while students ate lunch!
Even Santa and his elves dropped by ACAC to join the festivities!
I’m glad I ventured out of my office to enjoy it. I had so much fun. Now back to work!