Sarah

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Norman, OK
Communications

A Perk of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, is one of the best decisions I’ve made at TU. I could go on and on about the things I experienced and learned in the capital of Europe, but for now I’ll stick with one major takeaway: new friends!

Not only did I meet people from all over Europe at my university, I also met other American students who chose to study abroad for a semester just like me. Yes, I only spent a semester with these people, but we shared an incredible experience. We keep in touch and this past weekend I was lucky enough to host two of my study abroad friends right here in Tulsa.

Kate and JD go to universities in Ohio and South Dakota, but they ventured south for the weekend for a mini-reunion. I loved getting to share my day-to-day TU life with these friends. We attended Tri Delta formal, went to some of my favorite local restaurants, spent time in Woodward Park and hung out on Riverside, Cherry Street and Brookside.

It was fun to see campus through their eyes and hear how much they genuinely enjoyed their time in Tulsa. It’s also so fitting they got to spend some time at the university that made it possible for me to study and make new friends abroad.

Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium

 

L’Université de Tulsa

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When students return from a semester abroad, the Center for Global Education gives away t-shirts like these.

Back from Abroad event

Depending on where you studied abroad, The University of Tulsa is written in your country’s primary language. Since Thomas and I spent spring 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, our shirts are in French; although a large number of Belgians also speak Flemish. I think in this case the Dutch dialect was a little too obscure. It might seem silly or insignificant, but I was so excited to have my very own L’Universite de Tulsa shirt. It’s kind of a TU rite of passage.

Although I loved my time abroad, it is really nice to be back at TU. There’s something about the familiarity of home and of campus that can’t be beat. To read more about my studies in Belgium, visit my other blog posts from earlier this year!

Just Like Home

 

03_16_2014_tu_basketball_reception_reynolds_ec0580I didn’t always want to study abroad. Tulsa became my home away from home very quickly and the idea of spending one of my eight semesters in a different place didn’t seem like something I really wanted or needed to do. As time went on I came around to the idea of being adventurous and leaving TU for awhile. I have loved my experience abroad and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by. There are definitely certain things I miss about campus life, but I got to experience some of them this weekend!

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