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.
One really exciting thing that goes on at The University of Tulsa are Hurricane Thursdays. One of my favorite events is at the drive-in movie! Last week it was the week of sequels. They had “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Despicable Me 2″! “Into Darkness” was amazing, and “Despicable Me” was adorable. I was a fan of both! I realized that I saw the first “Despicable Me” at a drive-in in Cape Cod and I saw the 2nd one at the drive-in here. It’s pretty exciting. Another really cool thing is Boxer Bash which is held in Fisher. Basically everyone wears the coolest boxers they have and just dances all night. There is always good food, and I have to say that the RAs are pretty cool. They have a haunted house during Halloween, if you enjoy that sort of thing. I love bowling, but I’m not very good
Still, I thought it was fun to go and hang out with my friends. There is also a fun dance near the end of the semester, which is great for people who don’t have a lot of opportunities to go to dances. These events are all free, and they are a great chance to meet the super cool people that go to TU!
This is a really bad picture from the movie, but it was hard to get a good pic in the dark.
Each sorority and fraternity has a special philanthropy they support. My house’s philanthropy is Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness. To raise money for the foundation we held a dinner on Monday called Kappasta where we served pasta… obviously! It was really good. We even got breadsticks from Olive Garden. Anyway, we sponsored a dodge ball tournament, and a bunch of teams from around campus sign up and play against each other. It is so fun! I had a lot of work to do, but I didn’t want to leave.
These events lead up to the big event… Tulsa’s Race for the Cure, which was held last Saturday. I did an untimed race, which is fine because I am slow (but I was really proud of myself because I went a lot faster than I thought I would)! I had a lot of fun and my sorority sisters were there to run with me! One of the girls walked with her Grandmother, who is a cancer survivor. I finished the race just before it began pouring rain, yet I still got soaked. Here is a picture of us after the race (after it started raining):
One of the most exciting things that happens in a sorority is getting a “little sis”. In my sorority house, we go on things called big/ little dates where all of the potential bigs and littles go somewhere to eat or just hang out to get to know each other. One of my favorite nights was game night; we got to play my favorite game called Catch Phrase and we also played a game called heads up. It is on the iPhone and you should all get it because it is the best game!!!!! On Sunday evening, the bigs found out who their littles were, and I was beyond excited!
We had to keep it a secret until the next Sunday, which was really hard. During the week we gave our littles lots of food and a couple of clues to help them figure out who we were. Although some of the clues are false because it throws them off and it is entertaining to see them try to guess to their bigs are based on false clues. We made our clues look cute and crafty so it was fun
Here is an example of my clues on the 2nd day (there were three days).
Then the day came where we got to reveal ourselves to our littles. It was great! We decorated boxes and Sprang out of them when our littles got there. It was a fun and joyous moment. Here are some of the bigs observing the action before their littles come:
It was a great time, and I am so glad!
This year there was a special start to Spring fest with the Imagine Dragons concert. It was quite exciting because it was a gym full of TU students and many other people from around town. The whole gym was packed. I tried to get as close to the front as I could. It was really cool because I got nearly all the way up to the gate at the front. The show was fantastic because the band played all of their great songs and some that I hadn’t heard before. The concert was really amazing, especially since it was free for TU students. I was thoroughly impressed! The people in the band seemed very humble and not used to such large crowds. One of my favorite things was that for the encore, they all came out wearing TU t-shirts. It was really cool!
I couldn’t go home for Spring Break this year because I had rowing practice. It was great to be rowing because in the beginning of the week the weather was really nice, and I just enjoyed being out on the water! However, the best part of the break for me was being able to see my parents! I am very close to my parents and not being able to see them in nearly two months has been hard because last semester I somehow managed to see them every month. Anyway, they came to visit me at the end of spring break! We had so much fun because we got to explore Tulsa.
We went to the Gilcrease Museum, and to some of the restaurants that I had heard had amazing food, and went shopping! In case you were wondering some of the best places to eat are: McNellie’s, Mod’s, The Coffee House on Cherry Street (as I have said before), Tally’s, Elote Cafe, The Brook, and The Phoenix. Although we only went to McNellie’s and Elote Cafe while my parents were here, I would recommend all of them! There is a lot of great food in Tulsa.
The Gilcrease was really cool too because students get in free, and it is always fun to look at new exhibits. It is slightly different from the Art Museum in St. Louis (where I’m from) because the Gilcrease has more art and artifacts from the American West. I also had fun shopping at the mall, but my mom said that her favorite place to shop is still Utica Square (which is really convenient because it is so close to campus). I really enjoyed having my parents here, and I look forward to seeing them again.
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.
There was also a guy there whose moustache was quite impressive.
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.
Service Day was last week! This is one really cool thing about TU. There were many different places that people could go to volunteer. Basically, you signed up to volunteer for the morning. Then you got assigned a time to show up, and buses would take you to your location.
My sorority got to go to a church and paint the walls. I had rowing practice that morning, so I did my service with the rowing team. We went around campus and checked all the yellow bikes (the free TU bikes students can check out for the semester) to make sure they were still there and see if there was anything wrong with them. I had a great time with my friends doing something to help!
As a rower, I am required to do a couple of hours of study hall each semester my freshman year. Most of the time I am surprisingly really productive, but other times I have no homework so I just sit here… like tonight. In this situation I find myself distracting my friends as they try to actually be good students. It is especially enjoyable and funny when someone yells to the whole room and asks:
“Hey anybody want to buy a pizza for $7.99? It’s a really good deal!”
Then as his comrad (the pizza guy) on the other end of the phone doubts that he completed his task he replies:
“Yes I asked them. I asked the whole room!”
I also planned an event to watch Mulan this weekend. That is my favorite movie, but I haven’t seen it in a long time so this weekend will be amazing! After a long week filled with 3 quizzes, a paper, 2 blog posts, and at least 100 pages of reading I think I am ready for a nice relaxing weekend. Next week, I look forward to the beginning of February and many fun events on campus.
Today was wonderful! How coud it not be when you have two dinners? I had a final in the morning. It was my last final, and it went well. Then I went to lunch at the caf with some friends. After that I went to the gym with my roommate. Next I went out to Subway with my friends, but I didn’t eat anything because I knew I would be having two later. My first dinner was at the Hillel House. We celebrated the fourth night of Hanukkah (and ate latkes and some really good cookies that have nothing to do with Hanukkah.)
My other dinner was at my friend’s house. She is from Nebraska and apperently pizza from Nebraska is the best so we had some, and I have to admit that the hamburger pizza was amazing! Although I am a sucker for desserts, and for dessert, they had homemade ice cream and brownies. Everything was so good!
Avery showing off the pizza
The last thing we did was go to Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow (a subarb of Tulsa). They have two million Christmas lights on dispthat are so pretty. They had a bridge of lights that was very cool. The trip there was definately worth it!
tunnel of lights