Hey everyone! My name is Kat, I’m a freshman and I am thrilled to be writing for the University of Tulsa Admissions Blog. I’ve spent a little over two months here and I’m so amazed at everything new I’ve experienced.
A little about myself: I am currently living in Fisher South dorms (the co-ed freshman dorms), I’m a pledge in the Chi-Omega sorority, I’m interested in studying Communications as a major, and am over 1,500 miles away from my home in Boston. Boston is a city filled with amazing schools, an abundance of culture, and one you will never be bored in. So when my friends first heard I was interested in leaving my beloved city to come to a school so far away all I heard was, “But why Oklahoma…?”
I saw this view when I first came to TU for Tulsa Time last spring and I fell instantly in love. The students and faculty’s welcoming nature made me feel right at home. When I learned about all the amazing in and outside of classroom opportunities, I knew this was the place for me. I have already met so many great people, am ecstatic about my decision to come here, and cannot wait to see what the next 4 years here have to offer!
My name is Anna, and I’m a new blogger for the University of Tulsa Admission Blog. First of all, I want to say how excited I am to be blogging. I’m a current freshman at TU, and I’ve already gotten the opportunity to do so many cool things, this blog being one of them.
Second, I just wanted to give a few basic facts about myself. Like I said, I’m a freshman at TU, and am LOVING it so far. It’s been two months now, but, to be honest, it feels like I’ve been here my whole life. I’m from a suburb of San Francisco, so I am a LONG way from home… 1,720 miles to be specific. The only hard thing about my transition into the college life really is the distance; other than that, it’s been pretty easy for me, especially since everything about TU is really welcoming.
My classes so far haven’t been too hard, which is encouraging and worrying at the same time. Part of the reason for the ease, though, might be that I haven’t declared a major yet. I know I’m in the College of Arts and Sciences, but that’s about as specific as it gets. Now that I’m halfway through the semester, I’m thinking I might want to double major in Elementary Education and French, but we’ll see what happens with that…
Once again, I’m really excited to be blogging and I can’t wait to post more!
This marks my second year at TU and with that second year comes a whole new wealth of knowledge. Lucky for you readers, I am willing to part with that knowledge. There are tons of fun and unique activities to take part in on campus but there’s a whole bevy of things to do outside of the University of Tulsa as well. Downtown Tulsa is a robust and busy area, rich with art and community (and it’s only 3 miles away from campus) that students can take advantage of while attending TU. Downtown Tulsa is home to locations like The Guthrie Green, an outdoor performing space and garden. Every week they show classic films, have concerts, host fairs and all kinds of great activities (and it’s usually free too). In the past week alone I’ve been to The Guthrie Green to see a movie, visit a technology fair, and see a hip hop concert. The Guthrie Green has a little something for everyone and I encourage all TU students to take advantage of this unique location. For more information on the events The Guthrie Green will be hosting here is their website http://www.guthriegreen.com/
Each sorority and fraternity has a special philanthropy they support. My house’s philanthropy is Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness. To raise money for the foundation we held a dinner on Monday called Kappasta where we served pasta… obviously! It was really good. We even got breadsticks from Olive Garden. Anyway, we sponsored a dodge ball tournament, and a bunch of teams from around campus sign up and play against each other. It is so fun! I had a lot of work to do, but I didn’t want to leave.
These events lead up to the big event… Tulsa’s Race for the Cure, which was held last Saturday. I did an untimed race, which is fine because I am slow (but I was really proud of myself because I went a lot faster than I thought I would)! I had a lot of fun and my sorority sisters were there to run with me! One of the girls walked with her Grandmother, who is a cancer survivor. I finished the race just before it began pouring rain, yet I still got soaked. Here is a picture of us after the race (after it started raining):
Another year has started and I am so glad to be back on campus at TU! This is my second year here but last year I lived in Fisher West Suites. This year I get the chance to live in Fisher South, the all freshman residence hall, since I now work for housing. Let me tell you, this dorm is the most social place and I love it! Everyone is always out and doing things whether it’s watching all of the Harry Potter movies in one weekend, playing games, or just hanging out.
One of the great things that happens during the first semester are Hurricane Thursdays. Every Thursday is a different event, which are mainly geared towards getting the freshman involved with things on campus, but are open to every TU student. So far we’ve had events such as First Thursday which was a big activities fair, Pizzas of Tulsa that was put on by RHA so everyone can sample the different pizza places around town, and a Pool Party Fiesta which included live music and Qdoba. Most recently the hall government in Fisher South put on Boxer Bash, which is a dance in your underpants! Everyone dances the night away while their boxers are proudly shown on the outside of their pants. We got to enjoy a DJ while also getting to eat tons of pizza, donuts, and cookies in the shape of boxers!
It’s only been a month of school and I’m so excited to see what the rest of the year brings!
One of the most exciting things that happens in a sorority is getting a “little sis”. In my sorority house, we go on things called big/ little dates where all of the potential bigs and littles go somewhere to eat or just hang out to get to know each other. One of my favorite nights was game night; we got to play my favorite game called Catch Phrase and we also played a game called heads up. It is on the iPhone and you should all get it because it is the best game!!!!! On Sunday evening, the bigs found out who their littles were, and I was beyond excited!
We had to keep it a secret until the next Sunday, which was really hard. During the week we gave our littles lots of food and a couple of clues to help them figure out who we were. Although some of the clues are false because it throws them off and it is entertaining to see them try to guess to their bigs are based on false clues. We made our clues look cute and crafty so it was fun
Here is an example of my clues on the 2nd day (there were three days).
Then the day came where we got to reveal ourselves to our littles. It was great! We decorated boxes and Sprang out of them when our littles got there. It was a fun and joyous moment. Here are some of the bigs observing the action before their littles come:
It was a great time, and I am so glad!
This past week the TU alumni association held a reception for local alumni and new and current TU students! What a fantastic opportunity to get to know our TU family!
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Patty H., a TU junior who came in undeclared and wants to share the story about how she figured out her major….
My name is Patty. I am a junior at TU and I am majoring in mathematics and have minors in economics and deaf education. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I like singing and the color yellow, and I am a VERY indecisive person. So making a college decision was a big deal for me. When I was looking at schools, it seemed that everyone was asking one question: What do you want to do?
While this question may seem simple enough, when I was picking a college it seemed to be the hardest decision I would ever make. When I was finishing high school, it seemed like everyone else knew exactly what he or she wanted from life. He was going to be a lawyer; she was going to be a doctor; and me? I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do. I was interested in a little bit of everything. I started looking at colleges and I became even more confused. Some schools insisted that I select a major before I even applied. I was only 18 and they expected me to choose what I was going to do for the rest of my life, or at least the next four years? But things were different at TU. When I talked to admissions counselors and current students, all of them said the same thing: “Take your time to choose; explore your options and try out new things to find out what you really want.” And that’s exactly what I did.
I began my freshman year completely undeclared. I was looking into engineering, but I was also interested in sign language. And math. And education. And just about every other major available on campus. When I came to visit, my advisor told me to look at the course list and choose any that interested me. I picked one of the most random schedules imaginable, with classes ranging from calculus II and chemistry to American Sign Language and ballet. All of the classes I took helped me to explore my options. I took one math class and wanted to take another one. And another one after that. Now I have a major in mathematics and minors in both economics and deaf education. I waited almost a year and a half before declaring my major, and now I’m set to graduate on time with two minors and plenty of room to keep trying new things.
Looking back now, that is the greatest opportunity I received at TU. There was no pressure for me to declare a major as soon as I decided to attend. Instead, teachers, counselors and advisers all encouraged me to keep trying things that interested me, eventually I would find what I really wanted to do. And they were right. I have many friends that came to school knowing exactly what they wanted to study and where they wanted to be when they graduated. I also have a lot of friends who came in thinking they wanted to do one thing and ended up changing their minds. TU is perfect for students who still have some decisions to make. College is your chance to try new things and explore your options, and TU has given me plenty of opportunities to do both. I still have some questions to answer about my future, but TU has prepared me for all of them.
With the sun out and a high of Awesome, there is no better place to spend the weekend than outside!
Check out more pictures on my page! DK photography
Other than football, spring is my favorite season at TU. Here’s a quick update on some of the fun I’ve been having this semester with my friends!
Frozen yogurt from Yolotti is always a good idea. Peanut butter yogurt with cocoa pebbles comes highly recommended from…well, me. After treating ourselves to dessert, my friends and I headed to Woodward Park, one of Tulsa’s most popular outdoor hang-outs. We even saw a group of dolled up high schoolers posing for Prom pictures. Pretty fun!
Now I’m not sure why the Weinermobile was on campus this week, but clearly it was. Between classes we stopped for a quick photo-opp.
This photo was taken after a big intramural basketball win this semester! Good news, folks. The season isn’t over quite yet. My team plays in the championship game tonight! I’m hoping we win big tonight so I can sport my Tulsa Intramural Champion shirt to class tomorrow.