One of the things I have always wished I could take a part in is Habitat for Humanity. I never had the time required to be an active member of the Habitat group on campus, but I had the great opportunity this month to spend a Saturday morning working on a build. I am not a morning person, to say the least, but we all got up bright and early and headed to the build site. This was the sixth Saturday that they worked at this site and all of the girls that were there manned up to do some heavy lifting. We drilled these orange “huggies” to the roof so that when people put up the singles they have something to support them if they were to start slipping. We also nailed beams to the roof and metal hurricane brackets to each beam connecting the roof to the wall. It was actually really fun and my favorite part was getting to use a nail gun!
Even if building houses isn’t your thing and you still want participate in some sort of community service, TU makes it so easy! It is never hard to find a project to plug into; the only hard part is choosing which projects you can commit to with out over committing yourself!
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):
Service Day was last week! This is one really cool thing about TU. There were many different places that people could go to volunteer. Basically, you signed up to volunteer for the morning. Then you got assigned a time to show up, and buses would take you to your location.
My sorority got to go to a church and paint the walls. I had rowing practice that morning, so I did my service with the rowing team. We went around campus and checked all the yellow bikes (the free TU bikes students can check out for the semester) to make sure they were still there and see if there was anything wrong with them. I had a great time with my friends doing something to help!
We had our first snow day but unfortunately it did not result in a snow day from school! Nevertheless the snow made campus even more beautiful than it typically is. Originally I am from New Jersey so for the majority of my life I got white winters every year, but after living in Arizona for so many years I forgot what it meant to actually have to walk in the snow on your way to class. It was definitely a nice experience though and I enjoyed watching people have snow ball fights and build snowmen. I even saw guys building a snow fort outside of the John (John Mabee is the all male dorm) and by the time my class was over i came back outside to see it was even furnished with chairs and all!
The view walking out of the Admissions building!
McFarlin Library and one of many snowmen!
Also last Saturday was service day as someone posted about earlier! I went to an elementary school and the building they are in was a junior high but it was closed for a year and the elementary school just opened. They have been slowly but surely making a ton of improvements. It was too cold on Saturday to paint since originally we were going to paint hopscotch patterns outside. Instead we created a template so when it does warm up a bit they have a good idea of where to paint. The hopscotch patterns were from the United States, Nigeria, and Great Britain. I worked on the one from Great Britain with Kerry who lives with me. Together we made this massive template:
Hopscotch Great Britain style!
I was very proud of us! After that we moved on to cleaning out a storage room and then we joined the others outside and moved lots of dirt in preparation for re-mulching and planting flowers in the spring. We even had help from some little boys that went to the school and saw us working! If volunteering is something you’re interested in TU makes it so easy to log some hours! Plus it is a great feeling knowing you are with 400 of your other classmates all doing some good and giving back to the community!
A Tulsa area school, the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, lost its building to a fire earlier this month. Eight Tulsa firefighters were injured fighting the fire, which started accidentally in the TSAS building. TSAS students and staff lost their school supplies and equipment, along with the building itself, after the accident.
The TU community has been rallying together to show their support and collect supplies for TSAS students. This week, we delivered the supplies to TSAS (temporarily set up in another building), along with some treats to cheer them up. We want to thank everyone who donated and wish the TSAS community the best of luck as they continue their school year.
I participated in TU Service Day a few weekends ago with girls from my sorority. Hundreds of students came out to support and serve the Tulsa community. Groups were sent to all kinds of locations all over the city: food pantries, thrift stores, churches, non-profit organizations, and even the zoo! It was awesome to see how many students were willing to give up a big chunk of their Saturday to volunteer. The free food, t-shirts and pullovers were also a nice perk as well. My group sorted clothes at an organization that works to prevent homelessness throughout the city, and we were thankful for the opportunity to help out. As you can see from the pictures, we worked hard, and had a lot of fun while serving. I can’t wait until service day next year!
Every spring, the Student Association (SA) puts on an event called service day. Students sign up to be a part of a group with any organization they are involved in, such as a sorority or fraternity, a campus ministry, or an academic club. (I signed up with Society of Women Engineers.) All the groups are divided up and put on buses to different organizations around town. I had friends who went to food banks or animal shelters. I got to go to a church and help with things there. A bunch of us girls were set to organize and clean out a storage room. Being awesome and strong, we carried like six TV’s, a couch, different cabinetry, and lots of sound equipment. While this may not sound like the most enjoyable way in the world to spend a Saturday, it is actually a ton of fun! A lot of the campus is involved in the different service projects and we all have a blast together. Plus we get fed breakfast and lunch and get a free hoodie and t-shirt! Sick!
Look how hard everyone is working!
We're worn out, but oh so proud of our progress
At TU, there are about a bazillion (or so it seems) clubs that one can be involved with on campus. But there are also a lot of off campus volunteer opportunities. One that I am involved with is Big Brother, Big Sister. This is an organization geared toward mentoring and helping out young students. TU partners with an elementary school about two blocks from campus called Kendall-Whittier. (Fun fact, it is actually the largest elementary school in Oklahoma! Way cool!) Each Big Brother or Sister is assigned a Little Brother or Sister and gets to meet with them for an hour a week and just spend time with them. My Little Sister and I have done things from reading books together to, well, painting pictures of the cat in the hat! The time commitment is small, the elementary school is easily within walking distance, and the program is definitely worth it!
Painting with my Little Sister
Things are winding down here at the Admission Office. If you have a question about your application, please make sure to call the office before 5:00pm today, because we will be closed tomorrow and next week. We will reopen Monday, January 2nd, and classes for TU students resume on January 9th. We have been mailing out Admission Decisions this week for Rolling Admission Applicants who completed their applications, so be sure to watch your mailbox…
Our office has had a fun week full of student visitors, office parties, and community service. Now, we want to wish each of you a safe, happy holiday season. Happy New Year!
- The Office of Admission Staff with our Secret Santa presents- toys we donated to the Tulsa Police Department’s Toy Drive
TU gave every student at Kendall-Whittier Elementary a True Blue Neighbors sweatshirt in hopes that everyone will have a warm winter break
It’s the end of the semester, and I am soooo excited! This past weekend was a blast…I had my sorority’s formal on Friday night, my boyfriend’s fraternity’s semiformal on Saturday night, and tomorrow night is my sorority’s big philanthropy event! Tomorrow is the last day of classes before we have two days off before finals start, so we open our house from 10 pm until 2 am for people to come eat pancakes all night as a study break! It’s one of our most successful events–we raise a ton of money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is a cause near and dear to my heart. Especially now that it’s so close to Christmas, I think that everyone is in the spirit of giving.
Hannah and I getting ready to go to formal!
I’m also really excited because I have an enormous presentation on Tuesday night for my advertising class. My group actually got to put together an advertising campaign for Tulsa Animal Welfare, a division of the City of Tulsa that handles animal adoption and enforces city pet ordinances. It is so neat getting to work for a real client, and it’s all thanks to the connections that our professor has. He wants us all to meet real people in the business so that we can establish our own connections, too, which I think is really awesome and so characteristic of TU! I’ve done so much networking since I came here, and most of it is thanks to the efforts of my professors.
The next two weeks will be filled with studying for finals and avoiding procrastination (so easy to do when you don’t have class at all!), and hopefully lots of holiday fun. I’m so excited for Christmas, and I’m even more excited to have three weeks off of school. On top of that, we found out today that TU is playing in the Armed Forces Bowl against BYU on December 30, which will be a blast to watch! I’m so excited!
Happy holidays to all of you, and I’ll talk to you soon!