Mercedes

About Mercedes

Surprise, AZ
Elementary Education

FISHer South takes on the Aquarium

As many of you might already know, Fisher South is the all-freshman residence hall at TU. I have the great pleasure of working and living there. Seriously… it’s the best place on campus!

Fisher South Staff

I’m convinced that some of the coolest people on campus work in the building, although I may be a little biased.  But, what is even cooler than the staff are the programs which are put on for the building.  Since the hall is all about the freshmen, Fisher is responsible for the First Year Residential Experience or as it is commonly referred, FYRE (pronounced FIRE). These programs are typically geared towards giving the freshmen an opportunity to get off campus, get to know Tulsa, or get them plugged in with different things around TU.

Recently Fisher South went to the Oklahoma Aquarium as a FYRE program. It was the first time I had been to the aquarium here in Tulsa, and it was a lot of fun! One of my favorite animals to watch were the jellyfish, even though I am actually really scared of them.

Jellyfish

There was also this really cool exhibit where you could crawl in a little door and then stand up in this little cubbyhole and look at the fish from inside the tank.  It was suppose to be meant for kids but we crawled in there anyway :)

Fish tank

There is also a shark tunnel that created perfect picture backdrops.  You just get to watch as sharks swim all around you.

shark tank

I was really sad when we had to go but, the trip was a lot of fun, and rumor has it that another FYRE trip will be a day at the Tulsa Zoo! Until next time!

on the bus

Why I Want All Of You To Come To Tulsa Time!

Mercedes
I may not know who you are, and you certainly don’t know who I am, but it doesn’t matter. I want you to come to Tulsa Time! I know what it’s like to be in college mode.  I will assume that the good majority of you reading this blog are seniors in high school.  If your experience is anything like mine was, by this time senioritis is coming at you full force, your mom has nagged you about completing your FAFSA, and everyone is asking what you’re planning on doing after you graduate.  Some of you might have some solid answers to that question, but others may be on the fence about which school is right for you, and that’s okay!

I’m from Arizona and in high school I got a generic brochure in the mail telling me to think of coming to TU.  My first thought was that the pictures were pretty, the second thought when I looked into the actual school was it had all of the areas of study that I was thinking of going into.  But did I really want to go all the way to Oklahoma for school?  At the time that was the million dollar question!

I came to Tulsa Time in February after my admissions counselor recommended it, and I was sold! I mean I knew this was the school from the moment I walked on campus.  When you find the right school you really do know. It’s just a gut feeling, and TU had my heart.  You spend the weekend on campus, you stay in campus housing, go to a class or two, and meet a lot of people.  You get to live out what college is like for a couple days and it really makes it easy for you to figure out if you could wake up in the residence hall every day and walk to classes.  TU was the only school I actually visited because it was absolutely where I was suppose to be.

I want all of you to experience the same thing! Come to TU this month, be a college student for a weekend, and figure out if you get the feeling you belong here.  I would hope that everyone comes here, falls in love with the school, and goes home to send in their letter of intent.  Even if that doesn’t happen, how will you know this is/isn’t the school for you until you come and experience TU for yourself?  I can’t wait to (hopefully) see you all on campus in a few weeks!

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The first picture I took on campus was McFarlin Library.

Surviving the Winter

Mercedes
Lately the one thing on my mind has been the cold weather.  I am from Arizona and I am very much used to a warm winter.  This week the forecast for my city was between 75 and 80 degrees, where here it felt like -2 degrees due to the windchill as I headed off to my 8 am class.  I’m quickly learning that Oklahoma weather is pretty bipolar and you really just have to take it day by day.  Until it warms up, chances are you can find me bundled up, or under a mound of blankets, even if I’m in the Fisher South lobby. This candid picture pretty much sums up how we spent the last week before we left for winter break:

freezing

Never to fear, spring is bound to get here eventually!  For those of you that might not know, spring also means that Springfest is approaching. Springfest is a week long event that is put on by the Student Association and every year a concert is included.  Last year Imagine Dragons came, the lead singer Dan touched my hand, we shared a moment, I blogged about it!  The band for this year is announced next week and that is going to start off February on the right note and will help me get over thinking about the cold.

If you’re in an area that is feeling the winter weather I wish you the best of luck staying warm and if you’re enjoying a much milder winter, know that I am extremely jealous!