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!
Due to the weather patterns in the Northeast, The University of Tulsa is extending our Early Action Deadline until Friday, November 9. Many colleges have made the decision to extend the early action deadline to allow students affected by Hurricane Sandy time to submit applications and supporting documentation. We have decided to give any student extra time to complete an application to TU.
During these challenging times, we want to do our part to remove any stress that may be associated with the application process.
If you are still working to complete your application, you now have until November 9 to do so. You may also take the extra time to submit any supporting documents.
If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admission. We look forward to working with you and reading about all of your great accomplishments.
I always love when my family visits campus. I get to live the Tulsa experience every day, but for them, it’s a special occasion to be here. This past weekend was Homecoming and Family weekend at TU, so naturally we were all so excited to spend the weekend together. My parents drove from Norman on Friday night and made it in time for a quick dinner at The Hut Cantina on campus and TU’s annual Homecoming bonfire and firework show. They were blown away and kept mentioning to me, “Wow. My school never did anything like this for our Homecoming.” I was pretty proud, and pleased that they enjoyed one of my favorite TU traditions as much I did. My brother flew in from St. Louis that night, so we made our way to the airport to pick him up. The next day was all about tailgating and football. That game against Rice was so suspenseful, but Tulsa came away with the W! Later that evening we celebrated my mom’s birthday at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Tulsa’s Brady district. I love my family and I love TU. Getting to combine two of my favorite things into one weekend was awesome. I can’t wait for this time next year to roll around!