Life as a Student-Athlete at TU

Julie 3Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Julie K., a senior Speech Pathology major from St. Louis, Mo.

My name is Julie, and I live the crazy, yet awesome life of a student-athlete here at The University of Tulsa. TU has made it possible for me to get a great education while playing the sport that I love: softball.  I’m not going to lie, being a student-athlete gets super busy at times. In addition to class and homework, I have practice and workouts to go to nearly every day.  Sometimes, I even have to miss class so I can travel to tournaments.  As a freshman, this scared me because I thought my grades would suffer for missing lectures and class discussions.  But I quickly learned that the professors at TU are very understanding of athletics. They are always eager to work with athletes one-on-one to make sure they understand everything that they missed.  I’ve even seen many professors at our games supporting us!  The faculty of TU is extremely supportive of TU athletics and its student-athletes.

Now I going to brag about my awesome team a little bit. Last season, we finished with a record of 53-9 and broke tons of team and individual records. We set the single season record for batting average (.325), hits (553), and RBI (333).  Two of my teammates received All-American honors.  We were even ranked 15th in the country at one point!  It was by far the best season we’ve ever had. Continue reading

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“Oh, no! I didn’t get my resume printed on time!”

“My suit didn’t get dry cleaned; now I’m going to look all messy for the recruiters.  Awesome…”

“Should I get business cards?  I’m sure they’ll remember me without them…”

Yes, I have heard these things many times in my days here as a senior in the Collins College of Business.  I don’t know what your thoughts are right now, but when I came to college, the furthest thing from my mind was looking for a job.  Sure, I was living the high life in high school working at Chipotle, but I thought, “Well, I’m going to be an International Business and Spanish major, so I’ll study abroad, do an internship, and then do so well I’ll get hired by that company and not have to worry about searching.”  Boy, was I wrong.

I once heard a really interesting quote, “Getting a job is actually a science.” You wouldn’t believe it at first.  But think about it.  Why do cities across the country have job fairs?  Why do recruiters go visit colleges?  Why do students polish their shoes, press their shirts/skirts, and why do they have professional legal pad binders holdings millions of resumes?  It’s because that is the way people impress. Continue reading

Hillel: My home away from home

Blog 3Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes from Lilly K., a sophomore Nursing major from Dallas, Texas.

The Hillel is my home away from home. When I came to college I was afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to find a Jewish community that I loved as much as the one I had back home. A place where everyone knows your name and are glad that you showed up to services, the holiday celebration or a baby naming. As soon as I arrived at the Fall Activities Fair, I searched the rows of tables, looking for the one for the Hillel. I knew that I needed to stay connected to my faith and community in some way or another. Since the day I walked up to the table and put my name on the list, I haven’t stopped showing up.

So many people have made me feel welcome! Continue reading