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!
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa guest blog post was written by Dr. Laura Stevens, Associate Professor of English at TU.
I have taught at the University of Tulsa for fifteen years, and during that decade-and-a-half my teaching has almost never moved past the year 1800. Next semester, though, I have decided to take the plunge into more contemporary material, with a Block I class titled “Beyond Bella: Twenty-First-Century Girls’ Adventure.”
This post was written by Teresa Bont, Regional Director of Admission for St. Louis.
Each year the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) hosts a College Counselor Connection Conference in St. Louis and Kansas City. (The informal name of this conference is the “CUBE” Conference since it’s “C” cubed…get it?) The CUBE in St. Louis usually has 175 college counselors in attendance and 70 college representatives. Each college rep gets three minutes to give an update about his/her school. (They are SERIOUS about this time constraint and you’ll have the whistle blown at you when your three minutes are up!) In an effort to stand out and be memorable among so many school updates given to the college counselors in a short amount of time, I began to rhyme the TU update seven years ago and have been rhyming the TU updates every year since. The TU poetic updates have become a staple during the CUBE Conference, so I continue to write and present them. I’m sharing this year’s poetic update with you and will do so in future years as well. Realize as you’re reading it that it’s geared towards college counselors who work in high schools in and around the St. Louis, MO area. Enjoy!
We are so excited to see students back on campus! We celebrated the Class of 2017 (over 860 students) on Monday at the Matriculation Ceremony. Even Goldie participated in the ceremony!
It was so rewarding to watch our new students file in to Reynolds Center. We couldn’t be prouder of this year’s freshman class, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish at TU. Good luck, freshmen!
We are just as thrilled to see our returning students come back, too. The Admission Office has welcomed back several of our University Ambassadors and our work-study students, and campus is swarming with bright faces and proud families (I just saw a dad walk by my office window, wearing a TU t-shirt and carrying a giant clothes tub on his head). We hope everyone has a great week moving in, and good luck as you start classes next week.
-Casey Reed, Associate Dean of Admission