Tuesday with Tulsa

Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa blog post comes from Gracie W., a junior German and Education major from Rogers, AR.

Before I came to TU, I never realized what a new and diverse world there was to discover just two hours from my home. International students make up a significant part of TU’s student population, and their numbers are growing each year. Yet, we often allow cultural differences to prevent us from getting to know students from other countries. But I’ve found that international students are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and they’re usually eager to make American friends. If you reach out to the international population at TU, you’ll find it’s easy to start some incredible, enriching friendships.

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My first semester at Tulsa, I took a beginning Russian course. On the first day of class, I was surprised to find that I was the only girl in a class of 17 Arab men. The course focused on conversation, so I spent most of the time talking with my classmates in Russian. Through all of our fumbling with new words and a new alphabet, we got to know each other pretty well. Though I knew almost nothing about Middle Eastern culture, I never felt out of place in class. Later on, I also met several Kazakh students through the Russian Club. Who would have guessed that the Russian language would bring so many Middle Eastern students and American students together? That’s the beauty of internationalization at TU. If you just take the effort to reach out to the international community, they’ll welcome you with open arms. You’ll also find students from all over the world. As a German major, I’m always thrilled talk with exchange student from the University of Siegen. And last summer, I had a fantastic time getting to know a group of Chinese exchange students as part of my job at the Center for Global Education.

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Now, I am studying abroad myself. My experiences in Germany have shown me just how much it means to find a friendly face in a new place. So my advice to any incoming students would be, don’t be afraid to reach out to the international community. As TU students, we are very lucky to have so many enriching international opportunities on campus. Make the most of them!

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Tuesday with Tulsa: Mobile Moments from Scotland

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa post comes to us from across the pond…Hillary S., a junior Energy Management major from Parker, Colorado, sent us these mobile moments from Scotland.

Hey y’all, I’m back for another edition of Golden Mobile Moments! I don’t normally say “y’all” often, but here everyone says “yous” and it’s really weird.

This time, I’m writing to you from Aberdeen, Scotland, where 3 other classmates and I are studying abroad for the semester. As an Energy Management student, we have the option to study abroad in Scotland or Singapore. We’ve been having a great time meeting new people, but also hanging out with each other. It’s nice to have a little TU family even when you’re far away! IMG_1799

These are letters from my pledge class. They wrote them to me before Christmas break and put them in a huge envelope that said, “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL THE PLANE.” It really brightened the trip over the pond. I was the only person in my house to go abroad this semester, so sometimes it’s easy to feel like I’m missing things. But they have been doing a great job of keeping me in the loop!

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There is a unicorn in the middle of the city. What.

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I was actually expecting it to be much colder here, but all in all, it’s very good. This was a particularly blustery walk to work one morning, but at least I got to rock my TU umbrella!

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Yay, sunshine in Aberdeen!

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Superbowl Sunday/Monday. It started at 11:30 pm here! Luckily, Thomas’ flat has a TV. Unluckily, there are no commercial breaks in sports here. So there were extra commentators and no funny commercials. We watched them the next day on YouTube.

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People really do wear kilts here, y’all. The boys went to a formal dinner for work and said it was 50/50 tuxedos/kilts. I take a lot of creepy pictures on the bus. There could be an anthology of ONLY bus pictures.

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This is right across the street from my office building. My internship is really interesting, because I didn’t really know anything about offshore drilling before coming here. The project I’m working on is a report on the transportation of offshore rigs to locations around the world.

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We’re right on the North Sea, so there’s a beach, but I won’t be swimming anytime soon. Reid said that he wants to run into it, just to say that he did. There were people surfing in wetsuits, when we visited.

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This river runs behind our campus. It was a nice day this week and I ate lunch out there!

I really miss TU, but there is plenty to see here. Don’t worry, we’re bringing plenty of Golden Hurricane spirit to Aberdeen!

The Coffee House on Cherry St.

There is a really fun area here in Tulsa called Cherry St.  (It is  similar to the loop in St. Louis, if you have ever been there).  One Saturday night my friend had her birthday party at Genghis Grill.  We had stir fry, which was great because I haven’t eaten a lot of that since I have been here.  They also brought out cake for the birthday girl and it was delicious. We were all going to drive back to campus when my friend Kate asked if we wanted to get some coffee.  She decided that since none of us had been to The Coffee House on Cherry Street, that was the place to go.  The coffee they gave us was in these adorable little mugs and they put the whipped cream in the shape of a leaf.  20130203_112729

There was also a guy there whose moustache was quite impressive.20130202_203058 

We were obsessed with the food and the drinks and went back the next day for breakfast.  We decided that it was such a fun little place that we would go back every month just to enjoy it.  So if you’re looking for a great place to eat you can try The Coffee House on Cherry Street.20130202_204800