So… I haven’t been on here in QUITE awhile. A ton has happened since my last post. Last semester wrapped up well; grades, body, and mind are all still intact – no small feat, as you’ll soon learn, for your average college student.
Many new developments have taken place in the life of Taber in the past few months, most notably being elected practically out of the blue to be president of my fraternity. That may not sound like too much, but given I hadn’t even entertained the idea of being in charge of/ responsible for a large group of college guys until it was announced I had been elected to do the job. SO, I’m now living in the fraternity house (my fourth living arrangement in four semesters…) and fulfilling all the duties that go along with the new position. As much work as it is, though, the pros far outweigh the cons.
Another development, I think (I can’t remember exactly when I last blogged), is my new mentorship at Will Rogers High School, just a couple blocks east of TU. A new organization here on campus is working with the underprivileged school to develop mentor and tutor relationships between students from each school – kind of like a localized Big Brothers Big Sisters. My “mentee,” Ta’andre, and I meet once a week for after-school tutoring/catch-up, and then I go two times a week to sit in on classes with him. It’s a great experience, as I can see his grades rising every week and see our relationship developing as his trust in me grows. It’ll be my goal over the next two years to convince him how important it is to graduate high school and to help him actually achieve that goal. Wish us luck!
Classes are looking good this semester. I actually like every one of my professors. Very few students at any college could say the same. Even the boring subjects like Management Information Systems aren’t that bad with a good teacher at the helm.
That’s it for now. Off to the gym so I can fit back into my pre-Holiday jeans. Later!
With my second semester underway, I can already tell it is going to be great. I switched majors from Energy Management to Communications. Definitely a big switch, but I am loving the fact there will be no more math. I absolutely love my classes, and my favorite as of now is Writing for Public Relations. We are learning all about the PR world, and how to appropriately write for different purposes.
Last week, I was invited to a lunch for the American Society of Training and Development by a TU staff member. At this particular luncheon I was able to meet some of the leaders in the Training and Development field, and receive priceless advice. This is a prime example of how not only proffessors but all the faculty at The University of Tulsa care about their students.
One of the upcoming events I am personally looking forward to is a leadership conference called “TULE” that the University is hosting this Saturday. There we will learn about diversity, different leadership styles, and attend numerous workshops on different tools that will help us grow as tommorow’s leaders. As the Relay for Life team captain for Tri Delta, I am getting super pumped about it, even though it is all the way in April. The thought of being a part of something that is saving and changing lives is quite exhilerating.
This spring semester is off to a great start, and I am very excitited to see what I will learn, and how my love for the University will continue to grow.
The joy of break is slowly fading, due to the stress of finals approaching. Going home to Houston for a week was much needed, and seeing my family and dogs were great. I always have a good time cooking the turkey for my family, and I owe my brother fudge this Christmas since I didn’t have time to make him any during this trip. Seeing old friends and teachers from high school was also a nice pick-me-up to help stay motivated as I returned to the reality of college. The couple of weeks ahead to finish out the semester are jammed packed with both fun and academic events.
Tri Delta is having our philanthropy event, all-you-can-eat pancakes basically throughout the night. The proceeds are for St. Jude, and the pancakes will be LEGIT. Preparing for the event has been memorable, including chalking the campus with my sisters in the what I think is freezing cold. Native of Houston, this weather has been outrageous. For proof to that previous statement, I went to class in 27 degrees this morning so getting out of bed was a struggle. Not yet sure how I will handle these ice storms people speak of!
Organizations are hosting their Christmas parties, and one I am especially looking forward to is bowling with TEMSA. Also, Tri Delt formal is quickly approaching, yet I am no way near ready for it to happen. Campus is buzzing with holiday cheer, especially on the “U,” considering Christmas lights are wrapped around every tree branch, and on buildings in TU Blue. Every night I walk back I put something else on my holiday to-do list during break, including gingerbread house making, sleep, sleep, and more sleep.
Cool weather has arrived, and it has been a much needed relief from the former Summer heat. Although I’m enjoying everything at school, I hope October goes by quick so Thanksgiving Break can come. I survived my first shotgun experience at the skeet shoot, but received a couple bruises before realizing proper form was pertainent to pain free shooting. It was great fun to get taught gun safety, and spend a saturday morning with TEMSA students. School has kicked into full gear with Tests and quizzes seemingly every week, but I am looking foward to a field trip with my Intro to Petroleum Engineering class. It is weird thinking there are still field trips after high school, but were going to an oil rig, and the north campus on Saturday. I am excited to see how it all works, and gain knowledge for the field of work I am pursuing.
Flag football is getting more intense, with practice twice a week now, one being tonight at 9 PM!! On Sunday were playing the team the law school has put together, so we’ll see if they put the same amount of practice in as they do for the BAR exam.
Oh, I almost forgot something super important. I started visiting the local high school, Will Rogers, and it has been awesome. TU has created a partnership with the school, in order to place good influences in student’s lives to encourage the completion of high school, and college in their future. I think it is an equally rewarding program for both the TU mentors, and the high school students.
from student blogger Quinn…
So this is technically my first post as a senior at The University of Tulsa. I’m excited, but also kind of nervous to be graduating at the same time. I was also an Orientation Leader once again this year. This year my group was the Superman Group! Once again, we dominated the other groups in activities such as the Hurricane Classic, Scavenger Hunt, and dodge ball. Unfortunately we didn’t place (I think I will demand a recount). Aside from the awesome time that we had all week, one of the highlights for me was the community service that we did at Kendall Whittier. It really was an enriching experience. My job was to read to third graders, and then take them to gym. I had forgotten had much fun elementary school was. Although we were only at Kendall Whittier for an hour or so, I really got to know the kids that I worked with. I am definitely considering volunteering there in the future.
Classes are going ok now that my professors have finished going over syllabi. I’m only taking 15 hours this semester so it shouldn’t be too tough for me. The next few weeks I’ll be busy applying for jobs via Golden Opportunities. Golden Opportunities is a website that career services manages that allows students and employers to connect. It’s a really good website that allows students to search for internships, part-time jobs, or even full-time positions. After these next few weeks are over I’ll finally know where my life after TU will begin.