Tulsa State Fair was fun, we went with some of the freshmen on campus and saw Eli Young Band for 2$. Great night that did not break the bank!
Anna, Sarah, Myself, Alec, Christopher, & Thomas, some of the TU Top Ten Freshmen
Courtney, Alexa and I at Starbucks at Utica with our parents during Parent’s Weekend
Sarah, Maggie (My roomate) and I tailgating for the Pink Out!
One of my best friends and I with the President and his Wife!
It is TU Football season, which means it is the best part of the school year. I have enjoyed going to the home games, and watching the away games at the Hurricane Hut on campus with my friends. This year I am on Student Association and am the ED of Athletics. That means my job is to promote athletics, and run tailgates for the student body. I am so happy I am able to this because I absolutely love our athletics and one of the reasons I came to TU was because it was the smallest D1 School. Tonight was awesome 41-24 was the ending score against UNT, the weather was perfect, seeing my classmates and friends on the field playing great topped it off.
What a summer it has been back in Houston. The heat has been unbearable at times, but overall it has been a jam packed fun filled summer back home. Although summer is normally every students favorite time of the year, this first summer back after my freshmen year has not been what I expected. After three days home, I already missed my Tulsa family and the routine I had established. I went back to my old job as a server that I had during high school, and started a second job in retail at LOFT. Both are great jobs, but I longed to be back in an office setting. I think the business school is in my blood now, because everywhere I went this summer I made sure to network.
I loved being home with my mom, brother, dog, and best friends, but the relationships I created at TU I know will be life long and if this summer is a taste of what post graduation will feel like, I definitely want to stay at TU for life…kidding…but seriously One thing I enjoyed was hanging out and seeing my friends from TU back here in Houston. Many Energy management students have jobs here in Houston and were fun to hang out with on weekends. The University really promotes all students regardless of age to create relationships, which is why as a sophomore, I was able to meet up with graduates and seniors for dinners or just to watch tv.
This fall is going to be jam packed full of grand events, and I am most looking forward to TAILGATING for the FOOTBALL SEASON 2011!!!!! Don’t miss out on a game, if you are ever in Tulsa make sure to see if it is on a date we have a football game, you will not regret taking the time to watch one and to get a sincere feel of the community that we have at the University. Also I would not be shocked at all if some of our Golden Hurricane players ended up in the draft, we’ve got talent for sure! Can’t wait to keep everyone updated on what is to come and what is new at the University this year.
I apologize for not keeping up with my blog, but this semester has gone by in a blink of an eye. I am actually really sad that I will be done with school in 7 days. For once in my life I’m dreading summer because I will not be with my TU family for 3 months. Also, I do not even want to try and imagine life next year without the seniors. This campus has great people and something I love about the size is I am able to be friends with quite a bit of seniors who become your life mentors essentially. Well enough about what I will miss, and I think I will give a quick rundown on what I have gotten myself involved in this semester.
First of all, Tri Delta came in second place, TU alumni got first as usual, for Relay for Life. I was blessed to be a captain for such a great team that really put their heart in the cause. Being on Panhellenic has been another rewarding organization where I have gotten closer to other houses on the row by meeting with such fun delegates each week. As a baby University Ambassador, I have enjoyed giving tours every Saturday morning and enjoying brunch in the cafe. Yay for Belgin Waffles!!! I do look forward to finishing out a couple of my officer postitions at the end of next year, to move on to putting my focus on different organizations I am involved in…including academics as well
Something I enjoy about college that is different than high school is knowing your class schedule far in advance in order to prepare mentally. In the fall I will be taking: Stat 1, Accounting 1, Principles of Advertising, American Sign Language 1, and Business Law. Holla at me if you ever need notes from those classes in the future. I’m also super pumped for Football season in the fall. GO GOLDEN HURRICANES! This year has been a blast. I have loved every minute spent at TU, and if I had to do it all over again…I would not change a thing! Hope to meet a bunch of new freshmen next year that are ready to love The University of TUlsa as much as I do!
Right now my mentality towards school is like “The Little Engine that Could”; I have to tell myself I can do it! With a full week off of school due to inclement weather, tests and quizzes seem to be everyday. Although lately I have been swamped in all my classes, the professors have been going above and beyond to meet what it is best for me rather than for them.
Valentine’s Day was a nice start to the week because of a fun dinner with my pledge class at the Full Moon Cafe off Cherry Street. The California Burger topped with guacamole and chipotle mayonnaise is definitely a great choice if you like a tex-mex flare to your burger. The week before Valentine’s, all the sororities came together and made Valentine’s cards for the children at St. Anthony’s Hospital. That event was really rewarding, and a justified study break.
Tri Deltas’ big philanthropy event is next week, “Hoops for Hope”, which is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament where all the proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I can not wait to be a part of facilitating this event because basketball is my favorite sport. That being said, I hope everyone is ready for MARCH MADNESS! March is pretty much a great month because of NCAA Basketball, I turn 19, and say whattttt?… SPRING BREAK! But for now, getting through February with not a lot of damage done to my grades is all I can focus on.
With my second semester underway, I can already tell it is going to be great. I switched majors from Energy Management to Communications. Definitely a big switch, but I am loving the fact there will be no more math. I absolutely love my classes, and my favorite as of now is Writing for Public Relations. We are learning all about the PR world, and how to appropriately write for different purposes.
Last week, I was invited to a lunch for the American Society of Training and Development by a TU staff member. At this particular luncheon I was able to meet some of the leaders in the Training and Development field, and receive priceless advice. This is a prime example of how not only proffessors but all the faculty at The University of Tulsa care about their students.
One of the upcoming events I am personally looking forward to is a leadership conference called “TULE” that the University is hosting this Saturday. There we will learn about diversity, different leadership styles, and attend numerous workshops on different tools that will help us grow as tommorow’s leaders. As the Relay for Life team captain for Tri Delta, I am getting super pumped about it, even though it is all the way in April. The thought of being a part of something that is saving and changing lives is quite exhilerating.
This spring semester is off to a great start, and I am very excitited to see what I will learn, and how my love for the University will continue to grow.
So basically my first semester at TU has flown by! I almost hope they start to slow down from here so I can really enjoy the next couple years. I had 5 finals, which is apparently unusual for a freshman, and although it has been a stressful couple weeks, it has prepared me for the semesters ahead. I will be glad when I touch down in Houston tomorrow and put an end to all-nighters full of studying. To add to the joy of being home, my best friend is picking me up from the airport and I know our ride home will be full of interesting stories.
Tri Delt Formal was this past weekend and boyyy was it fun. Spending the whole night with my sisters happens often, but getting the excuse to help each other get ready and take a bajillion photos does not happen quite as much.
I am not a big sushi fan, but me and a couple of my friends went to a restaurant called “In the Raw”, and it was out of this world. If you get a chance to try it, I suggest you get the sauces on the side..they can be a tad hot! I am now starting to get the hang of things directionally and can rattle off most of the main roads in order. The grid system Tulsa has is much more user friendly then the highways and frontage roads in Houston.
I’m going to try to fit in a nap and study for my last final of my first semester I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and safe break!!!
The joy of break is slowly fading, due to the stress of finals approaching. Going home to Houston for a week was much needed, and seeing my family and dogs were great. I always have a good time cooking the turkey for my family, and I owe my brother fudge this Christmas since I didn’t have time to make him any during this trip. Seeing old friends and teachers from high school was also a nice pick-me-up to help stay motivated as I returned to the reality of college. The couple of weeks ahead to finish out the semester are jammed packed with both fun and academic events.
Tri Delta is having our philanthropy event, all-you-can-eat pancakes basically throughout the night. The proceeds are for St. Jude, and the pancakes will be LEGIT. Preparing for the event has been memorable, including chalking the campus with my sisters in the what I think is freezing cold. Native of Houston, this weather has been outrageous. For proof to that previous statement, I went to class in 27 degrees this morning so getting out of bed was a struggle. Not yet sure how I will handle these ice storms people speak of!
Organizations are hosting their Christmas parties, and one I am especially looking forward to is bowling with TEMSA. Also, Tri Delt formal is quickly approaching, yet I am no way near ready for it to happen. Campus is buzzing with holiday cheer, especially on the “U,” considering Christmas lights are wrapped around every tree branch, and on buildings in TU Blue. Every night I walk back I put something else on my holiday to-do list during break, including gingerbread house making, sleep, sleep, and more sleep.
My oh my, this first semester is flying by. The weeks have been filled with tests, projects, and of course fun activities. Initition was last week and I am an official Tri-Delt. I am also super anxious because Thanksgiving is less than a month away, which means a visit back to home sweet home in Houston. I have to admit I am not necessarily homesick but college has made me realize how much I love my mama.
My classes are getting more and more enjoyable with fun projects to finish out the semester. I am currently working on a group math project, and I have been able to incorperate skills from my MIS class to make the presentation more professional. Also, making next semester’s schedule was definitely an experience. My advisors helped me out a lot due to me lacking in technological skills. I am looking foward to the new subject material, and the fact I can meet more people in my new classes. This summer I am looking into study abroad, maybe in Spain. That way I can finish out my language credits while being emersed in the culture.
Another aspect of the Fall I am so excited about is….BASKETBALL SEASON starting. The first game = free t-shirt!! This weekend Student Association is also hosting a Notre Dame vs. TU watch party in the football stadium. It will definitely be neat to be on the home field and support them at their away game.
At Will Rogers High School, we are trying to enstill more school spirit into the students. In order to do so we are encouraging TU students to go, and decorating the halls with spirit banners, and have posters made for the game.
Hope everyone enjoys the Fall Festivities