Studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, is one of the best decisions I’ve made at TU. I could go on and on about the things I experienced and learned in the capital of Europe, but for now I’ll stick with one major takeaway: new friends!
Not only did I meet people from all over Europe at my university, I also met other American students who chose to study abroad for a semester just like me. Yes, I only spent a semester with these people, but we shared an incredible experience. We keep in touch and this past weekend I was lucky enough to host two of my study abroad friends right here in Tulsa.
Kate and JD go to universities in Ohio and South Dakota, but they ventured south for the weekend for a mini-reunion. I loved getting to share my day-to-day TU life with these friends. We attended Tri Delta formal, went to some of my favorite local restaurants, spent time in Woodward Park and hung out on Riverside, Cherry Street and Brookside.
It was fun to see campus through their eyes and hear how much they genuinely enjoyed their time in Tulsa. It’s also so fitting they got to spend some time at the university that made it possible for me to study and make new friends abroad.
Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes from Jordan H., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.
“IF HE KICKS THE BALL BETWEEN THOSE YELLOW POLES THEN WE WIN THE GAME!” I yelled out with my raspy voice to my international friends. I’ve been explaining the rules all night from “those giant carrots with chains” to “the big sumo wrestlers on the line” because it’s their first-ever American football game in their first month in the United States.
It all started during my sophomore year at TU when I lived in Lafortune House as part of the international living community that mixes international students and a few domestic students. It’s Saturday night, college football night in America. And if there’s one thing I know my Saudi Arabian, Korean, and Indonesian hall-mates must experience, it’s the opening game that’s taking place about 80 yards from our residence hall. Continue reading
College students live for two main things: free t-shirts and free food. We are ALL about that F-R-E-E life. Thus, there is no better week in a college student’s life than Homecoming! Not only are there fun shirts and yummy food, but spirits across campus are also soaring with excitement. The University of Tulsa’s Student Association goes above and beyond to organize activities that the entire student body will enjoy, and this year was no exception.
The week began on Sunday night with a Kick-Off party in the Student Union. Groups of students formed a line that snaked around the entire upper floor as they waited for barbeque and the first round of t-shirts. It was nice to see friends that you don’t get to see on a regular basis as all of the different organizations on campus crowded together. Laughs rang through the hall and smiles shined on everyone’s faces in anticipation of all the festivities ahead. Continue reading