TU students are spending today and tomorrow preparing for their impending finals. In order to help students de-stress, two of our campus organizations hosted fun events today where students could get away from their textbooks to see some friendly, furry faces.
TU’s chapter of AIChE partnered with the Tulsa SPCA and 20 Park, a local coffee shop, to bring our students some fuzzy friends. Between 10 AM and 2 PM, students could join AIChE in the Allen Chapman Activity Center to play with some cute (and adoptable) dogs.
Later, the Fisher South Hall Government partnered with Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue for a Golden Hurricanes and Golden Retrievers event on the Chapman Commons. Students were also invited to bring their own Golden Retrievers from home. Students and dogs had a great time cooling down in the King Rogers Fountain.
There is a really fun area here in Tulsa called Cherry St. (It is similar to the loop in St. Louis, if you have ever been there). One Saturday night my friend had her birthday party at Genghis Grill. We had stir fry, which was great because I haven’t eaten a lot of that since I have been here. They also brought out cake for the birthday girl and it was delicious. We were all going to drive back to campus when my friend Kate asked if we wanted to get some coffee. She decided that since none of us had been to The Coffee House on Cherry Street, that was the place to go. The coffee they gave us was in these adorable little mugs and they put the whipped cream in the shape of a leaf.
There was also a guy there whose moustache was quite impressive.
We were obsessed with the food and the drinks and went back the next day for breakfast. We decided that it was such a fun little place that we would go back every month just to enjoy it. So if you’re looking for a great place to eat you can try The Coffee House on Cherry Street.
This little guy was pretty curious as to what we were doing in his cage! This past Saturday was TU Services Day, during which just over 400 TU students went out into the community and spent the day doing some good old-fashioned physical labor. The group that I went with went to the Safari Sanctuary in Broken Arrow. We helped repair and paint the cage fences (without the animals in there of course!).
Check out some more pictures of all the awesome animals by clicking on the link below!
As a rower, I am required to do a couple of hours of study hall each semester my freshman year. Most of the time I am surprisingly really productive, but other times I have no homework so I just sit here… like tonight. In this situation I find myself distracting my friends as they try to actually be good students. It is especially enjoyable and funny when someone yells to the whole room and asks:
“Hey anybody want to buy a pizza for $7.99? It’s a really good deal!”
Then as his comrad (the pizza guy) on the other end of the phone doubts that he completed his task he replies:
“Yes I asked them. I asked the whole room!”
I also planned an event to watch Mulan this weekend. That is my favorite movie, but I haven’t seen it in a long time so this weekend will be amazing! After a long week filled with 3 quizzes, a paper, 2 blog posts, and at least 100 pages of reading I think I am ready for a nice relaxing weekend. Next week, I look forward to the beginning of February and many fun events on campus.
The University of Tulsa School of Music Announces
The Patti Johnson Wilson Auditions and Awards for Piano Majors
The Patti Johnson Wilson Pianist Award is
an award for an outstanding pianist with excellent academic credentials
and is worth as much as $80,000 over four years.
Scholar Awards are substantial financial awards towards tuition and
will be given to other select pianists.
The scholarships and awards are for students entering at the freshman level and/or who are transferring from two-year colleges who plan to major in Piano Performance.
Audition Dates: January 19, January 26 & February 1-2
***Alternate audition times may be scheduled by contacting the School of Music Office at 918-631-2262 or emailing Dr. Roger Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Smaller amounts may be awarded to advanced pianists who intend to major in other disciplines but desire to continue serious piano studies.
**DVD auditions are accepted on a per case basis
One of the most feared aspects of the ends of college semesters are finals. Finals can range from papers, projects, regular tests, cumulative tests, or just a test worth more points than usual. It definitely is not someone to ignore. I found dead week and finals week pretty boring here on campus. Everything shuts down and people spend the days sleeping late and studying in their rooms or in the lobby. My finals were not that bad, but they definitely needed studying. Too many students’ college finals are something completely new to them. Most panic as they ruffle through half-kept notes and illegible worksheets that have become folded up in their backpacks, or flipping through the text books trying to figure out which parts of the book will be tested over. As an IB diploma student, I felt well prepared to study and found that I knew exactly what was going to be on each and every final. College studying is all about efficiency, and throughout the year it served me well to keep notes well-organized and do whatever I could to make it as easy as possible to review everything. Now I’m all done, and I’m very happy to have the rest of the month off!
Today was wonderful! How coud it not be when you have two dinners? I had a final in the morning. It was my last final, and it went well. Then I went to lunch at the caf with some friends. After that I went to the gym with my roommate. Next I went out to Subway with my friends, but I didn’t eat anything because I knew I would be having two later. My first dinner was at the Hillel House. We celebrated the fourth night of Hanukkah (and ate latkes and some really good cookies that have nothing to do with Hanukkah.)
My other dinner was at my friend’s house. She is from Nebraska and apperently pizza from Nebraska is the best so we had some, and I have to admit that the hamburger pizza was amazing! Although I am a sucker for desserts, and for dessert, they had homemade ice cream and brownies. Everything was so good!
Avery showing off the pizza
The last thing we did was go to Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow (a subarb of Tulsa). They have two million Christmas lights on dispthat are so pretty. They had a bridge of lights that was very cool. The trip there was definately worth it!
tunnel of lights
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!
In my suite we get really into the Holidays. We decorated for Halloween last month but now that it’s over we needed new decorations before we hosted people for Tulsa Time! We put those gel letters on the mirror in the bathroom and so we do have a “Happy Thanksgiving” and a turkey, but since we didn’t think decorating for Thanksgiving was all that exciting we jumped right ahead to Christmas. We pretty much all concluded that we really love Christmas so off we went to Target to see what we could find! $20 later we had an assortment of wrapping paper and bows. Between that and recycling our Halloween decorations, the paper rolls from the wrapping paper, and old paper bags we pretty much had Christmas explosion in here! We not only decorated our door, but every door inside our room, the door across the hall, a door down the hall, and the tables. Just to give you a little taste:
^Our front door!
^We gave ourselves a winter view to look at and curtains out of the wrapping paper! Also we have the little branch on the table which is our Christmas tree! It even has an ornament made out of a life saver.
^This is our bathroom door, also known as my project for the night.
I think the main reason we are all so excited for the Holidays is that we get to go home! I am not flying back to Arizona for Thanksgiving but I will be spending it in Kansas with friends. That just makes me more excited for it to be winter break since that means I have a whole month home. College is great and you get to do some many things don’t get me wrong but there is no place like home!
I had to pick up the last remainders of our decorating madness before we got 5 lovely ladies to host for Tulsa time!
Good bye until next time!