Studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, is one of the best decisions I’ve made at TU. I could go on and on about the things I experienced and learned in the capital of Europe, but for now I’ll stick with one major takeaway: new friends!
Not only did I meet people from all over Europe at my university, I also met other American students who chose to study abroad for a semester just like me. Yes, I only spent a semester with these people, but we shared an incredible experience. We keep in touch and this past weekend I was lucky enough to host two of my study abroad friends right here in Tulsa.
Kate and JD go to universities in Ohio and South Dakota, but they ventured south for the weekend for a mini-reunion. I loved getting to share my day-to-day TU life with these friends. We attended Tri Delta formal, went to some of my favorite local restaurants, spent time in Woodward Park and hung out on Riverside, Cherry Street and Brookside.
It was fun to see campus through their eyes and hear how much they genuinely enjoyed their time in Tulsa. It’s also so fitting they got to spend some time at the university that made it possible for me to study and make new friends abroad.
Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium
Today’s blog post comes to us from Brittany J., a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Over the last few days, bright colored sticky notes have been popping up all over the university’s campus. The bright colors draw you in, but it is what is written on the notes that really make you think. Each of the sticky notes has a quote that relates to confidence, friendship, true beauty, and perseverance among women. All of them have different quotes, but the impact is the same: they resonate within us. We often forget the true value and representation of these qualities. However, when we read these little reminders we know just how true they are, and we can’t help but feel a little empowered by them. The quotes can be as simple as “YOU are good enough!” to something a little bit deeper like “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, ‘Because of you, I didn’t give up.’”Everybody with a Pinterest can probably admit to having a “Quote Board” where they pin quotes that give us strength and hope; they inspire us. In a way, TU has turned into a giant Pinterest board. Continue reading
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Brittany J., a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
“At last, I’m home.”
Those were the first words I whispered to myself as the limestone buildings and university gates came into view after my four-hour drive from Kansas City to Tulsa. Growing up, the words “house” and “home” always had the same meaning. It wasn’t until I came to college that I began to realize while a “house” is a building that provides sufficient shelter, a “home” is the place that provides comfort, support, and overall makes you happy. While I love my family and enjoy the time I spend with them, my home is in Tulsa (as much as it annoys my mother when I say that). I simply feel so happy here and completely free to be myself. That is in large part due to the friends that I have made. Nothing beat the feeling of reuniting with those friends after three long months of separation. Even though I was sweating non-stop during move-in thanks to Oklahoma’s good ole humidity, I never stopped smiling. Continue reading