As school begins, classes start picking up: homework becomes more challenging and the first round of tests has begun. However, not all classes have the same kind of homework or the same quality of paper tests– in fact, in some classes, the test aren’t even on paper! My favorite- and most exciting- class this semester is……. ballroom dancing! Yep, you heard me: a whole class dedicated to learning how to dance with a partner at a ball, or other occasion. Our first form of dance to learn was Argentine Tango. Below, you can view a clip of me in the dance class.
Okay, fine, I look nothing like that. But it’s been a ton of fun for someone who has never taken any form of dance before to get to learn in such a relaxed environment with a phenomenal teacher. As we continue the semester, we’re planning to learn to Salsa, do the Charleston, Swing Dance and lots more! What a fun class to take completely outside of my major!
At TU there are, well, pretty close to a million different volunteering opportunities. So, whether you are inspired by helping out with little kids through Big Brother Big Sister, caring for animals during TU Service Day, or building a house for someone in need through Habitat for Humanity, there is something (or somethings!) for everyone. Last weekend, I decided to go help out with Habitat for Humanity and actually got to build a roof on a house! That someone’s actually going to live under! It was awesome! The people in charge were great about teaching us how to use the equipment, not just doing everything for us. That said, I carried a tool belt and used a nail gun, sawed a board, measured beams, and nailed plywood. I was hot, I was sweaty, and I had the time of my life getting to build a house with friends from TU.
Some students helping out with Habitat for Humanity
One cool feature of TU is its location: Oklahoma! While OK is by far not the largest or most populated state, it does have a lot of great qualities. One that we as students really enjoy is the weather! This week is has got up the 85 degrees! So, what can one do in such a warm environment? I’m glad you asked! Posted below is a photo and one of my friends and me playing in one of the fountains on campus. Juvenile? I think not! Fun?? I THINK SO!
Kemp Lodge was originally named Broadview Lodge in 1913 when TU was then called Henry Kendall College. The building served as a dormitory for boys. But by 1914 it was transformed into the Laura Jennings Kemp Lodge, the girls dormitory. Kemp Lodge has since been torn down to make room for new growth on campus, but for many years served as "home" for girls attending TU.