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

Victory Lap

Work it

This is how excited I am to graduate!

It’s Emily here.

This week marks the beginning of the last semester of my senior year, and I am counting down the days until graduation. Last semester, a combination of class, my internship, and writing for the Collegian put a damper on the frequency of my blog posts. This semester is just as crowded (and the job search is piling additional items onto my list of things to do), but I still plan to be more consistent.

I’m planning to make some other changes this semester:

    • My boyfriend and I have started cooking on a more regular basis. We trade off days and basically cook the cheapest meals we possibly can while using minimally processed foods. Some of my posts will probably include our creations.
    • I’m going to try to go to more events on campus. The biology department is in the process of hiring a new faculty member and is hosting talks given by the applicants. I like to think of these as auditions, and they’re a fun way to learn a little bit more about topics that come up in class (and some that don’t).
    • I’m going to get out more. And by out, I mean off campus, maybe even out of Tulsa. Last weekend I went to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and it was amazing. I’m doing a story on my visit for the Collegian this week! I also want to get down to some of the museums in OKC.
    • I’m going to lift weights. Any ability I once had to do a proper pushup has basically evaporated. It’s embarrassing.

See this girl? I want her arms

I hope you guys also have great goals for the year. For those of you about to graduate from high school, this is the year you will start college!

I obsessed with Laura Marling lately (Mumford and Sons got their start as her backup band), so I leave you with her incredible voice:

Guess who finally has a game plan!

It’s Emily here. As anyone who knows me will probably tell you, I don not exactly excel at long term planning. I will obsess over every detail of an upcoming weekend, but ask me where I see myself a year from now and I typically haven’t got a clue.

All of that changed when I stumbled upon the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. The two year program would be a great way for me to decide if I definitely want to pursue a career in public health. I’m planning to apply when the 2012 application goes live this winter. I’m the kind of girl who always has a backup plan, but I’m super excited about the possibility of being part of  PHAP.

Here’s the crazier part: I might even know what I want to do after the two year program ends. It turns out Tufts has a graduate program in agriculture, food and environment. At the moment it’s basically my dream program, and a killer way to combine my biology background, econ minor, and interest in food systems and sustainability.

We’ll see if this is still the plan a month from now, but at the moment this feels like a major step (and relieves a ton of future-related anxiety)!