Making Lifetime Connections

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Orianna A., a marketing and advertising major from Tulsa, Okla.

Vail Ski TripIn my second semester of senior year at The University of Tulsa. This is the point where all my education and professional skills I have obtained over the years come together as I begin preparing for the “Real World” and search for a job. I am not scared however, I am excited. Over the years,  I have made many friends and connections through TU. And these friends and connections are now helping me in the transition from full- time student to working adult. Continue reading

So Close, Yet So Far Away

Hello there, let me introduce myself. I’m Jack and I’m a freshman at TU. I’m a petroleum engineer and I’m a little new to this whole blogging thing. I look forward to sharing with you all over this next year and giving a little of my two cents. Sorry if things get confusing but engineers aren’t quite known for their ability to write.

I was born at St. John’s hospital, a whole 2.5 miles from TU. I’ve lived a whopping 3.5 miles from TU my whole life. I went to high school located between those two places of interest, 3 miles from TU. So naturally, when I finally got the opportunity to get out of my parents home and leave Tulsa, I chose to attend The University of Tulsa.

As a high schooler, I never thought I would have stayed so close to home, but I have no regrets. Living close to home is all about what you make of it. I can be as close or as far away from home as I want. In fact, most of my friends that attend universities out of town are back in Tulsa more often than me. There is always the convenience of driving 5 minutes to pick up forgotten things, letting my mom do my laundry, and being able to take my pledge brothers to a good family dinner. Don’t mark TU off your list just because the school is so close to home.

I could ramble on and on about my decision to come to TU but I’ll just hit some of the main points. Have you ever driven through campus? Did you notice how awesome campus is? I mean, the grass is green, there’s fountains, swimming pools, beautiful architecture, and it’s maintained daily by an army of workers. One of my favorite things is just driving visitors, family, and friends through campus. They are always impressed and jealous that I live on such a beautiful campus. I tell my friends that I feel like I live on a country club.

I also chose TU for its petroleum engineering program. My grandfather is a PE from TU in the “good ole days”. Since then, the program has grown, won great respect from employers, and moved into Stephenson Hall, the PE department’s $16.1 million baby. While there are other schools with great PE programs, not many universities offer the perks that TU offers outside of academia. Having a successful D1 football program, an active Greek life, and faculty who strive for the best are just a few of the many perks.

So, don’t cross TU off your list quite yet. Visit campus, talk to some students, and Get Golden!

Accounting Involves more than Tackling the Books

For today’s Tuesday with Tulsa post, we asked the TU School of Accounting & MIS to tell us what it is like to major in accounting. So, they went right to the source and asked a student…

Alan Dock, originally from Giddings Texas, has been an asset not only to the TU football team for the past five years but also inside the Collins College of Business. Dock has proven himself worthy on the field and in the classroom. Upon completing his degree in accounting, he applied for TU’s Master of Accountancy program to further expand his knowledge. After completing his Master of Accountancy degree, Dock plans to work for one of the largest four international accounting firms. Cathy Gates, Managing Partner of the Tulsa Office of Ernst & Young, shares her thoughts about Alan, “We are thrilled Alan accepted our offer to join Ernst & Young after graduation. He brings both excellent academic training and valuable skills such as time management, discipline, and teamwork.”

The following interview will give some insight about Dock’s experience about how he was able to tackle more than just the books.

What made you chose accounting as a major?

I chose accounting as a major because I took an accounting class in high school and I really liked it. I then learned that with an accounting degree I would have a great job that pays well. While at TU, the faculty members have invested themselves in me. They want me to succeed in class and in life.

What do tackling and accounting have in common?

What tackling and accounting have in common is they both require practice, attention to detail, and confidence. When tackling, if you have not practiced it enough you will not be able to tackle your opponent. The art of tackling involves many different parts that must be put together to work properly. It is important to be confident in your own ability; if you do not believe in yourself then you will not be successful in tackling or accounting.

Do you have a chance to interact with professionals?

I have had many opportunities to communicate with potential employers through university-sponsored events, especially through Beta Alpha Psi. I made an effort to be a member and officer in BAP which opened doors for me. Even though playing sports required me to miss some of the events, there were still plenty of opportunities.

Do you think there are ample job opportunities available?

Absolutely, when I decided to look for a job I saw many positions open, and companies that I didn’t even apply with. At the same time when I was looking for a job, my friends without accounting degrees were uncertain about the availability of jobs in their area, but I was not.

What would you say to someone thinking about declaring accounting as a major?

Accounting is a great degree. There is a lot to learn from the accounting major, which will lead to a great degree. With that degree great job opportunities will present themselves, giving you a great future.