Some fun things have happened recently. First was the new member retreat for Kappa, (see pictures below). The second is that I got to participate in a race for rowing called a regatta, but I’ll talk more about that later.
The retreat…first, the car I went in had a very difficult time getting there! Our GPS led us to a factory and a very creepy small house on a hill. When we finally got to the house, it was huge and we laughed because we were the second ones there and when other people arrived they said they had gotten lost too. We also ate a lot, which is one of my favorite things to do! Then we played a game where we had to guess who our bigs were based on clues. (A big is kind of like a mentor with which new sorority members are provided to help guide them through anything they might have questions about.) I refused to go first because I am shy and that makes me uncomfortable, but when I heard the clues I knew it was my big. Next we went upstairs and the seniors talked to us about what it means to be a Kappa, and because it was Kate’s and my birthday, they brought us cupcakes. Then we got to make up a song about Kappa. We decided to make a song based on Taylor Swift’s song Love Story. It turned out really cute. By the end of the night I was really glad that they had this event because it was so fun and it was a great thing to do on my birthday.
The other thing was amazing was the regatta. It wasn’t exactly a real regatta with medals and things but we raced Kansas in a scrimmage. Since I am more of a coxswain (the person that steers the boat) I don’t typically race in the boat, but someone got sick and I did get to race. It was really exciting because based on times our boat won 3rd which would have meddaled if it were a real race. I also was really excited to spend the whole day with my friends and get to see the experienced rowers. Because it was parents weekend my parents even got to see me row, which is awesome. All and all it was a pretty exciting race for me. I unfortunately don’t have pictures from this so just trust that it was soooo fun
you walk into the hallway and there are a whole bunch of your friends out there just talking and laughing and you decide to join. It will only be for a few minutes you tell yourself, but then you end up talking to your friends for an hour and the homework you wanted to get done just has to wait awhile. There are so many funny and nice people here to talk to that sometimes you just end up getting a bit distracted. This month I had to interview one of my teachers for my business class. I asked him what was the best advice he had. He told me that while school is important and you should work hard and get the best grades you can, but you have so many opportunities in college that you will never have again so take advantage of them. If your friends asks you to go to QT with them (and they will) or there is a speaker that you really want to see or one of your teachers invites you to their house for dinner, take time out of your super busy schedule to enjoy this experience
This week has been very hectic because it is the last week of classes before finals. Everyone has tests and papers due this week which makes for a bit of a stressful environment, but it is interesting to see how everyone handles it. Personally I had a paper due right when we came back and that same day I had an oral presentation for English. The next day I had homework and a quiz in math. Wednesday was my last hectic day: I had a 10 minute french oral presentation that had to be completely memorized. Over the week I de-stressed by going to an event put on by one of the RAs. She had pumpkin muffins and cider, and we decorated things to put on our doors. I got a lot of bows, but they were all red and I decided I needed some Jewish representation because I am Jewish too so I made a “Happy Hanukkah” sign for our door to go with the Christmas decorations. My friend, Nicole, and I also decided to make masks to destress. They are for the masquerade function being put on by Kappa. I made three. I like two of them and then the other I don’t think is the best, but someone else said they liked so ehh it’s good enough. Nicole who had a test and a project due the day after we made the masks said they went great, and she feels really good about them. I think while it’s important to power through the work don’t forget to take a bit of time for yourself to relax. It’s been a good week overall!
Hello My name is Elaine, and I am a Freshman here at Tulsa. I am from St. Louis, Missouri. My Major is energy management currently. I am also hoping to double major in elementary education. Also, in my MIS (managment of information technology) class the other day a woman came and talked about majoring in MIS, and I thought it sounded really interesting becasause she talked all about working in groups and thinking about new inovative ideas. It was quite fascinating so I might minor in that. I’m glad I have time to decide. I am also part of the rowing team here. I walked onto the team, and it is a large time commitment (20 hours a week) but I think I would actually be really bored without it. I also joined a sorority when I got here. I just joined because I thought it woudl be a good way to meet people. I never actually planned on joining, but the first night I just clicked with a couple of the girls in my house, and I decided that it would be fun to try. There is also a girl in my house who is on the track team so during philanthropy weeks we go to dinner after practices, which is good support.