Majors and Energy Management

One of the hardest parts about going to college is figuring out what you want your major to be aka what you want to do for the rest of your life.  Some of my friends still haven’t decided.  Honestly I just think it has to be something that you like.  As they say, “Find a job you love and you will never have to work another day in your life.” I love my major, but it is very demanding. Maybe not quite as much as some of the science majors, but then again science was never my thing.  Still, there are so many cool things about being an Energy Management major, such as the fact that I get to go on field trips to rigs!  We got to wear these really dorky but fun lab coat things and hard hats.

One of the most interesting things about my major is reading The Prize- an 800+ page book that we are reading this semester.  It is probably the most interesting “textbook” I have read thus far.  I really enjoy being in Ted Jacob’s class, but it is definitely the hardest one I have had since starting here.  One great thing about my major is that there are so many different things that you can do with it. You can work in the field or in the office.  I am really excited about it. Here are some of the pictures I took the day our class went to the rig.

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Summer

What a summer it has been back in Houston. The heat has been unbearable at times, but overall it has been a jam packed fun filled summer back home. Although summer is normally every students favorite time of the year, this first summer back after my freshmen year has not been what I expected. After three days home, I already missed my Tulsa family and the routine I had established. I went back to my old job as a server that I had during high school, and started a second job in retail at LOFT. Both are great jobs, but I longed to be back in an office setting. I think the business school is in my blood now, because everywhere I went this summer I made sure to network.
I loved being home with my mom, brother, dog, and best friends, but the relationships I created at TU I know will be life long and if this summer is a taste of what post graduation will feel like, I definitely want to stay at TU for life…kidding…but seriously :) One thing I enjoyed was hanging out and seeing my friends from TU back here in Houston. Many Energy management students have jobs here in Houston and were fun to hang out with on weekends. The University really promotes all students regardless of age to create relationships, which is why as a sophomore, I was able to meet up with graduates and seniors for dinners or just to watch tv.
This fall is going to be jam packed full of grand events, and I am most looking forward to TAILGATING for the FOOTBALL SEASON 2011!!!!! Don’t miss out on a game, if you are ever in Tulsa make sure to see if it is on a date we have a football game, you will not regret taking the time to watch one and to get a sincere feel of the community that we have at the University. Also I would not be shocked at all if some of our Golden Hurricane players ended up in the draft, we’ve got talent for sure! Can’t wait to keep everyone updated on what is to come and what is new at the University this year.

Opportunities Galore

Flipping through my to-do list booklet and looking over my social and academic calendars, I wonder how it will all get done. Lately I have been going nonstop but truly enjoying every minute. These past couple of weeks have been filled with many workshops, meetings, and even football practice. It’s the beginning of the hiring season for interns for most companies so the Collins College of Business has been buzzing. I have been able to attend quite a few informational workshops over how to dress, ways to network, and mock interviews are coming up. They have all given tons of helpful information, and I even won an Olive Garden gift card along with other fun goodies. Last week was also special because I interviewed for Student Association and received an associate position in Cabinet!

It’s officially football season, both to play and watch. Tailgating was something I had never done, and now I see why people put so much effort into their pre-game events. Student Association put on one, and gave out t-shirts, pizza, and drinks. Right after that, I ran over to the Tri-Delt/Sigma Chi tailgate where hamburgers were freshly grilled…Don’t worry I didn’t eat at both. Our Golden Hurricane boys just beat Bowling Green, and it was exciting to see classmates and friends on the field. Intramurals kicked off, and it was a bittersweet first game. Playing with the Tri-Delt girls was awesome, but losing in overtime..not so much. The intensity of all the girls was quite shocking, and our awesome coaches (from one of the fraternities) brought us kool aid and orange slices for halftime..they’d make great team moms.

I purposely almost forgot academics, because after awhile your brain stops functioning in school mode, and starts to feel like overcooked raman noodles. Although classes have been difficult, my major Energy Management has been quite educational in relaxed settings. My TEMSA mentor and I had a good talk over Hurricane Hut passion fruit smoothies (great college pick-me-up) where she encouraged me and got me back on track after some discouraging grades. We had our first official TEMSA meeting on Sunday Night which was sponsered by Williams, and the Vice President of Gas Marketing gave us an overview of what his job entailed. Again, great networking that I feel a larger school could not offer as well and as often as TU does. Something I’m looking foward to this weekend is going skeet shooting with the Director of Energy Management, Ted Jacobs, and some of my EM peers. Again a skill I’ve always wanted to learn and TU has opened the door in order for me to do so.
Laundry haunts me back at the house, and studying for upcoming tests and quizzes is not going to go away. I hope everyone has a fantastic week and I look foward to letting you know I’m alive after shootin’ some skeet.