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
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from a 6th grade classroom in Chicago, IL. Hear what Stella Hannon Norman, TU Alumna and National Board Certified Teacher has to say…
I have been a Chicago Public School teacher for nearly 20 years, currently teaching educational technology and social studies to 6th-8th grade students with a 6th grade homeroom. I’ve been an educator at Spencer Technology Academy (Spencer) on the West Side of Chicago for over 12 years. College Week (7th Annual) is a BIG DEAL at our school! Winning the classroom competition is an honor sought passionately by teachers and students alike.
College Week at Spencer
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!
TU students are spending today and tomorrow preparing for their impending finals. In order to help students de-stress, two of our campus organizations hosted fun events today where students could get away from their textbooks to see some friendly, furry faces.
TU’s chapter of AIChE partnered with the Tulsa SPCA and 20 Park, a local coffee shop, to bring our students some fuzzy friends. Between 10 AM and 2 PM, students could join AIChE in the Allen Chapman Activity Center to play with some cute (and adoptable) dogs.
Later, the Fisher South Hall Government partnered with Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue for a Golden Hurricanes and Golden Retrievers event on the Chapman Commons. Students were also invited to bring their own Golden Retrievers from home. Students and dogs had a great time cooling down in the King Rogers Fountain.
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.