Other than football, spring is my favorite season at TU. Here’s a quick update on some of the fun I’ve been having this semester with my friends!
Frozen yogurt from Yolotti is always a good idea. Peanut butter yogurt with cocoa pebbles comes highly recommended from…well, me. After treating ourselves to dessert, my friends and I headed to Woodward Park, one of Tulsa’s most popular outdoor hang-outs. We even saw a group of dolled up high schoolers posing for Prom pictures. Pretty fun!
Now I’m not sure why the Weinermobile was on campus this week, but clearly it was. Between classes we stopped for a quick photo-opp.
This photo was taken after a big intramural basketball win this semester! Good news, folks. The season isn’t over quite yet. My team plays in the championship game tonight! I’m hoping we win big tonight so I can sport my Tulsa Intramural Champion shirt to class tomorrow.
Although weather in Tulsa was dreary and wet yesterday, I still managed to enjoy being outside as I walked to and from class- mostly for the entertainment value. Every time I walked outside I saw something that made me laugh. First it was a guy riding his yellow Tulsa bike with a friend perched on his handle bars, just along for the ride. Then it was all of the students holding soggy copies of the TU student newspaper above their heads, serving as make-shift umbrellas. One guy made an upgrade from the newspaper though. He used a plastic tray. Of course every single girl (myself included) sported rain boots and purposefully sought out puddles to stomp through just because they could. So even if the rain was an inconvenience for some, I saw the goofiness of Tulsa’s student body shine through despite the forecast. Gotta love when that happens.
Maybe I’m a little biased, but I’m convinced Tulsa has it all. Academic focus and impressively high rankings on a national level, but also campus involvement, school spirit, and division 1 athletics that contribute to all of my favorite parts of college. The Tulsa family grows stronger every year with the new freshman class and it serves as a great reminder of the benefits of attending a small school. Everything from small class sizes, to our campus community makes TU something I want to always be a part of. We won an exciting football game today, so maybe that’s what is making me so sentimental about my school, but I’ll keep this brief. Hearing the roar of the football stadium chanting GOLDEN HURRICANE back in forth in a tense 4th quarter was absolutely incredible. We defend Tulsa and are dedicated to everything it stands for. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of something so strong. Plus, campus is beautiful, and that doesn’t hurt one bit either.
I tried to learn a lot about TU as a prospective student. I did my research, attended visit days and had even picked out certain organizations I wanted to be involved with if I were to become a student. Now that I’m a sophomore here at the University of Tulsa, I don’t have to research the university anymore. I get to live it everyday. Here are a few unexpected joys that as a prospective student I never saw coming.
You’re looking at a view of the TU intramural field. I wasn’t much of an athlete in high school (just ballet and golf), but thanks to this on-campus activity I’m able to cheer on friends playing flag football one month and play soccer the next!
Good news, folks! No. 1, there’s a Chick-Fil-A on campus. No. 2, I have this really awesome friend that uses her dining dollars to treat me and a bunch of our friends to a free lunch on occasion! It rocks.
Concerts at Cain’s Ballroom are a Tulsa Tradition and the tickets are pretty cheap! Definitely something special about living in Tulsa that I didn’t expect.
And finally, I would have never guessed that I would make it on the kiss cam at a men’s basketball game in my lifetime. Especially with David Letterman as the recipient of the kiss. Ask anyone that was at the game on Sunday though. It happened!
I always love when my family visits campus. I get to live the Tulsa experience every day, but for them, it’s a special occasion to be here. This past weekend was Homecoming and Family weekend at TU, so naturally we were all so excited to spend the weekend together. My parents drove from Norman on Friday night and made it in time for a quick dinner at The Hut Cantina on campus and TU’s annual Homecoming bonfire and firework show. They were blown away and kept mentioning to me, “Wow. My school never did anything like this for our Homecoming.” I was pretty proud, and pleased that they enjoyed one of my favorite TU traditions as much I did. My brother flew in from St. Louis that night, so we made our way to the airport to pick him up. The next day was all about tailgating and football. That game against Rice was so suspenseful, but Tulsa came away with the W! Later that evening we celebrated my mom’s birthday at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Tulsa’s Brady district. I love my family and I love TU. Getting to combine two of my favorite things into one weekend was awesome. I can’t wait for this time next year to roll around!
I survived a very busy two weeks and am now in the middle of what I like to refer to as “chill week.” Lots of exams, quizzes, papers and a presentation kept me busy earlier this month, but now it’s all about enjoying the fall weather and taking a breather before the business of fall kicks in! I made the drive home to Norman this past weekend for a wedding, and as usual it was nice to see my parents and be back in my house for a couple of days. After a relaxing weekend though, I was reset and ready to come back to campus and see my friends! They managed to have a good time without me…haha and loved watching TU football beat Fresno State by just one point! I watched from home and man was that an exciting game! I have a group meeting here in a few minutes though, so I should probably wrap this up. Overall I am looking forward to my low key week and to the fun that is yet to come this semester! As always, Go TU!
If you ask me or any of my friends what are favorite season is, we will respond with the same answer: Football! Tailgating, TU blue and attempting to imitate the pom and cheer routines from the student section are a telltale sign that Fall has arrived once again and the Golden Hurricane is back on the field. 11 am on Saturday marked the start of Tulsa’s first home football game of the season! Other than my killer sunburn that has now resulted in a bunch of awkward tan lines, the game was a success! Next up: another home game versus Nichols State on Saturday. Can’t wait!
It’s official. I just took my last exam, submitted a final paper and have begun the slow process of packing my things and loading up my car. Freshman year: check! Time flew by and all I can think about is how grateful I am for this experience.
The University of Tulsa. It was always on the list for me. I visited campus, I applied and was accepted, and with great excitement I chose TU last spring! I had this vision of what college would be like thanks to movies and the experiences of those of my family and friends. So in many ways Tulsa is just what I expected it to be, and in others it is totally different- in a good way, of course! It’s not possible to understand the Tulsa experience and the community of amazing friends that comes along with it, without trying it for yourself. Here’s a little taste of this past year for you though:
This photo is move-in day last August! I was on quite the emotional roller coaster that day. I was sad to have left the comfort and familiarity of home, family and high school friends, but at the same time so PUMPED to be at this amazing university! It was really happening. Here’s a picture of myself (maroon shirt) and my family that day. Next up was wonderful Orientation camp! I loved my group and am still close with every one of them. Classes began and weekend-fun did too! There were football games, concerts at Cain’s ballroom, movie nights, trips to the fountains on campus in our swimsuits, and the list goes on. I never thought it was possible to have so much fun!
The first semester drew to a close and that month off for Christmas rocked! Although I was definitely ready to come back to Tulsa to see my friends in January! Second semester was even better than the first. My schedule got busier and classes got harder, but I became closer with my friends and fell even more in love with Tulsa. I became a University Ambassador, continued to meet new people, and really figured out how to balance school, work, campus involvement and free time. Here’s a picture of a color paint fight we had a few weeks after returning to Tulsa after spring break. It was so awesome!
And now the semester is really over and I’m both relieved and sad. I not only made it through my first year of college, but I made the most of my time here at TU and loved every bit of it! Not being around my favorite people in the world 24/7 is going to be a weird adjustment, but I’ll get by. Camp counseling the entire summer will definitely be memorable! I can already tell you though that I will be counting down the days until I return home to TU in the fall. So here’s one final picture. I may look like the same girl who moved into Fisher South in August, but I can tell you I’ve changed. I’ve faced a lot of challenges this year, grown even when I was unaware of the growth, and am now a better person thanks to the University of Tulsa and to the people that surround me everyday. I LOVE my Tulsa family!
I participated in TU Service Day a few weekends ago with girls from my sorority. Hundreds of students came out to support and serve the Tulsa community. Groups were sent to all kinds of locations all over the city: food pantries, thrift stores, churches, non-profit organizations, and even the zoo! It was awesome to see how many students were willing to give up a big chunk of their Saturday to volunteer. The free food, t-shirts and pullovers were also a nice perk as well. My group sorted clothes at an organization that works to prevent homelessness throughout the city, and we were thankful for the opportunity to help out. As you can see from the pictures, we worked hard, and had a lot of fun while serving. I can’t wait until service day next year!
After a busy week of classes, tests, quizzes and papers the week before Tulsa Time, I was rewarded with an awesome weekend. A group of friends and I embraced our Okie roots by throwing on our cowgirl and cowboy boots and going to a country concert at Tulsa’s famous Cain’s Ballroom on Friday night. It rocked. Jake Owen, or as I like to call him, Jakeeeey was quite the entertainer. Our college student habits paid off because we studied up on his song lyrics before the concert. It definitely added to the experience because we were able to recognize songs and sing along too! The next day my voice fully recovered from the concert and I spent the day studying and working out with friends. It was a pretty low-key and relaxing day, topped off by the oh so embarrassing moment of handing a Chipotle employee a Qdoba coupon…true story. Eventually we sorted it out though and the story ended happily- Qdoba chips and queso in my belly. On Sunday I helped with TU’s Tulsa Time admission event. Hosting two prospective students in my room was a complete blast! We ate, played games, watched the All Campus Talent Show, and played sardines. It was so exciting getting to meet so many potentially new TU students on campus! A new week is underway now and thankfully the weather has been warm enough for shorts, chacos, and some sweet frisbee action! Until next time, Go TU!