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

Diversity @ TU

2014-06-12 16.45.52Hi everyone!

I hope you guys are all keeping warm out there and finding the motivation to make it another week until Thanksgiving Break (if you happen to find some motivation, could I borrow some?)!  A huge arctic front blew in on Monday night and the temperature is now wavering between the upper 20s and lowers 30s (nothing says ‘I’m a go-getter!’ like staying huddled under the covers of your bed).  I’m currently in McFarlin Library sipping some hot chocolate (Mmmm!) which is definitely helping!

Today, I’d like to discuss something very near and dear to me: diversity!  I happen to be Indian-American, as in I was born and raised here in the U.S. (shout out to anyone reading this who is from my home state of New Jersey!), but under the influence of Indian culture (my parents are both immigrants from India).  My ethnic heritage is extremely important to me; therefore, it is essential that I be able to express my cultural identity, share it with others, and learn about others’ cultures. Continue reading

Thoughts After 3 Months At TU

IMG_0331Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Leonardo Landivar, a freshman Petroleum Engineering major from Bolivia.

Before coming to Tulsa, I had no idea what to expect. I always heard that Tulsa is a pretty calm and quiet city without many temptations, which makes it a perfect place to study. As days went by, and classes started, I noticed that TU was exactly what I was looking for.

First of all, small classes make things so much easier and “elite” when it comes to learning. The teacher knows who you are by name and you are not just one of the bunch as in other universities. Professors are always available and willing to do anything to help you with whatever you need. People around here are so friendly which really makes me feel like I’m at home. Thanks to the Greek life at TU, I have met even more friends, friends that I now consider family…a family on which I rely and always trust.

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Playing soccer, ultimate frisbee and going to the gym can be the best medicine after a long day of studies. Football and soccer games are also another great part of TU. There is so much school spirit present that you actually feel connected with the university. And that is a feeling which is impossible to describe.  In the end we are all TU, and TU is the best university ever!

So far I have been away from home for three months. I can say that time has passed really quickly and that there are already some great memories that I will never forget. I can’t wait to see how the next four years are going to turn out. If the first months were awesome, then the future will be even better!

GO TU!