FISHer South takes on the Aquarium

As many of you might already know, Fisher South is the all-freshman residence hall at TU. I have the great pleasure of working and living there. Seriously… it’s the best place on campus!

Fisher South Staff

I’m convinced that some of the coolest people on campus work in the building, although I may be a little biased.  But, what is even cooler than the staff are the programs which are put on for the building.  Since the hall is all about the freshmen, Fisher is responsible for the First Year Residential Experience or as it is commonly referred, FYRE (pronounced FIRE). These programs are typically geared towards giving the freshmen an opportunity to get off campus, get to know Tulsa, or get them plugged in with different things around TU.

Recently Fisher South went to the Oklahoma Aquarium as a FYRE program. It was the first time I had been to the aquarium here in Tulsa, and it was a lot of fun! One of my favorite animals to watch were the jellyfish, even though I am actually really scared of them.

Jellyfish

There was also this really cool exhibit where you could crawl in a little door and then stand up in this little cubbyhole and look at the fish from inside the tank.  It was suppose to be meant for kids but we crawled in there anyway :)

Fish tank

There is also a shark tunnel that created perfect picture backdrops.  You just get to watch as sharks swim all around you.

shark tank

I was really sad when we had to go but, the trip was a lot of fun, and rumor has it that another FYRE trip will be a day at the Tulsa Zoo! Until next time!

on the bus

We’re too Young to Know Certain Things are Impossible- So We do Them Anyway

Hello!

Today, let me give you some encouragement and roommate situations and tell you about an awesome opportunity I had because I decided to get involved!

So I’m actually writing this post having gotten off of a plane from Chicago a few hours ago! I am a part of the Society of Women Engineers and had the opportunity to go to a conference this past week in Chicago! We got to go to sessions about everything from how to interview to how to know if a company is right for you. We also got to go to a job fair with about 250 different companies. I got to learn about different internship opportunities for this summer and a TON about jobs in the real world. While I am only a freshman, I thought that this was such a great experience to get to learn about the engineering world beyond school. I went with six other girls and while I learned a LOT form the sessions and the job fair, I probably learned the most simply from advice the other girls gave me throughout the week! The reason I got to go to this conference as a freshman was that I was eager to be involved in activities and learn about engineering and life. I say this to encourage you, a junior or senior, to start thinking about what you would like to be involved in at TU or wherever you decide to go. I decided I want to be involved in the Society of Women Engineers and pursued an officer position, even my freshman year. As a result, I got the AWESOME opportunity to go to a job fair in Chicago!

First, let me start by talking about something that I was nervous about when I came to college. I came to TU as only the second student from my town to ever come here, so I was uneasy, to say the least, about the roommate situation. I did not know anyone who was going here and had to sign up for a random roommate. Terrifying, huh? Let me tell you, though, my story has been a great success story!! My randomly chosen roommate and I love living together, and while we are very different people (I’m an engineer and she’s in musical theater!), we get along very well. And though we don’t always get along perfectly (I have an eight am class on mornings she wants to sleep in), we are both freshman and are both just as lost as the other. We have had so much fun figuring out how college and life without parents works! We’ve cried together, eaten PB&J on the floor together, and stayed up half the night together. I say all this to encourage you that while everything doesn’t always turn out perfectly, your roommate is probably just as nervous and excited about college as you are and, chances are, you’ll have a lot more in common than you think!

 

Winding Down

What a semester it’s been!

I guess you wouldn’t know, though, since I haven’t been on here in, well…awhile…

So. Extended leave of absence behind us, alot has been happening. Like I said in earlier posts, I’ve spent this semester serving as president of my fraternity. What a job! I now know three phone numbers by heart – my house, my mom’s cell, and Stanley Security Co., the operator of the fraternity house’s fire alarm. Let’s just say their operator and I are on a first name basis… Other than that phone number, the main thing I’ve learned through my stint as executive in chief is that foreigners know NOTHING about American university Greek life. That is, fraternities and sororities. These collegiate “social societies” are wholly American concept. The other day i had to attempt to explain to my Spanish teacher, a Spaniard, what exactly a fraternity is. In Spanish. No small feat, especially when all she knew of fraternities was the typical mainstream cultural reference – Animal House. Luckily for me, that’s not the fraternity environment here at TU, so I was able to tell her otherwise without lying to her face.

Apart from my presidential duties, most of my time is spent on school work. Classes are going well, for the most part. I’ve learned quite a bit this semester – how to build an information database, why Americans are so much more opposed to taxation than in other countries, and how to say fun things like “inflation rate” and “mortgage lender” in Spanish. Finals and end-of-semester projects are creeping up all too quickly, so honestly, I don’t want to talk about classes any more.

For Spring Break I headed two hours east to the Ozark mountains in Arkansas to go caving, hiking, and camping with my girlfriend and her family for 4 days. I know – that sounds awful, but fortunately, I have awesome “in-laws,” and the time was fantastic, especially at a true natural gem like Devil’s Den State Park just a couple hours away.

As school ends, summer kicks into gear, and I’ll begin my first real job as an intern at Tulsa-based Williams Companies. Williams is one of the nation’s leaders in the natural gas industry – one that’s going to do nothing but grow in the near future. I’m really excited about it – I’ll be working in the Economics Department doing research on energy markets and the like. Again, I know, that sounds awfully boring to some. But to be the right hand research assistant to the executives of a 3000-employee company like Williams is a fantastic opportunity. It’s also great to be a TU student, as Williams HQ (which is located in Oklahoma’s tallest building, BTW) is a ten minute drive from campus. It’ll be a great summer here in Tulsa.

Like I mentioned before, finals are fast approaching, and the biometric facial recognition paper I’ve been putting off for 2 months is due in 6 days. Considering I didn’t know what “biometric facial recognition” meant until earlier today, I had better get started pronto.

Later!