Benefits of an IB Program

Brittany JamesToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Brittany J., a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Two months into my junior year of high school, my phone (finally) began to automatically capitalize “IB.” For a lazy high school student, this came as a relief. But, if you happen to know any of these hardworking students, you know that IB students are anything but lazy. Research essays, literary discussions, math papers (“What high school student has to write math papers?” my father would ask) and chemistry experiments upgrade the workload of a normal high school student to that of a college freshman. While the daunting 4,000 word essay often made me want to pull my hair out, I couldn’t be more thankful for the strenuous workload that I embraced while I was still in high school once I was a real college freshman. Continue reading

Under the Radar and Over The Moon… A Mom’s Take on TU

FlowersToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa post comes to us from Palmer R., TU mom and Chicago resident.

I’ll admit bias right off the bat – our family loves TU! We first came for Junior Visit Day on Spring Break 2013. Tulsa was stop #6 on a college-of-the-day road trip that started in Chicago. The car felt smaller each day, probably because it was filling up with brochures. But despite fatigue and claustrophobia, we were immediately revived by the beauty of the TU campus. Of course, we hadn’t spent endless hours trapped in a car just to see a lovely campus. We arrived knowing little about TU, but our son’s high school counselor had said we might be surprised by what it has to offer. So there we were. And if we were looking for reasons NOT to like TU, we never found them. We were amazed by the strong academics, and also by the many ways in which undergrads can participate and have an impact – opportunities we hadn’t seen on other tours. Continue reading