Tips for Successful Finals…And Fun!

10552423_10152383026656020_3494684897341883686_nWithout a doubt, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year! With the beautiful blue Christmas lights that decorate Chapman Commons, the holiday concerts and the free hot chocolate and candy canes every other day, there’s nothing better than the holidays at TU. Not even finals can dampen the spirit…as long as you approach finals correctly. Finals are always meant to help YOU. If you’ve done well in the class so far, then you’ve already done half of your studying. If you need to do better, then your final is a saving grace.

The first step? Don’t dread your finals. True, you’re not going to be excited about taking a test, but the fact of the matter is you have to take it eventually. Thus, you might as well have a good attitude about it. The more you talk about how much you don’t like finals, the better you become at subconsciously finding ways to procrastinate. And let’s face it, nobody needs help procrastinating MORE. It’s important to admit to the reality that is finals week, but the key is to not become consumed by it. Continue reading

Life as a Student-Athlete at TU

Julie 3Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Julie K., a senior Speech Pathology major from St. Louis, Mo.

My name is Julie, and I live the crazy, yet awesome life of a student-athlete here at The University of Tulsa. TU has made it possible for me to get a great education while playing the sport that I love: softball.  I’m not going to lie, being a student-athlete gets super busy at times. In addition to class and homework, I have practice and workouts to go to nearly every day.  Sometimes, I even have to miss class so I can travel to tournaments.  As a freshman, this scared me because I thought my grades would suffer for missing lectures and class discussions.  But I quickly learned that the professors at TU are very understanding of athletics. They are always eager to work with athletes one-on-one to make sure they understand everything that they missed.  I’ve even seen many professors at our games supporting us!  The faculty of TU is extremely supportive of TU athletics and its student-athletes.

Now I going to brag about my awesome team a little bit. Last season, we finished with a record of 53-9 and broke tons of team and individual records. We set the single season record for batting average (.325), hits (553), and RBI (333).  Two of my teammates received All-American honors.  We were even ranked 15th in the country at one point!  It was by far the best season we’ve ever had. Continue reading

Linde OktoberFest: A Tulsa Tradition

Maggie 1Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa is from Maggie H., a senior from Dallas, Texas, majoring in communications with a minor in musical theater.

Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival, typically modeled after the original celebration in Munich. There are hundreds of Oktoberfest celebrations held across the country every autumn, but with over 60,000 in yearly attendance, the Tulsa Linde Oktoberfest consistently ranks as one of the strongest.

Tulsa Oktoberfest celebrates German food and culture over the span of four days every October. The festival features live music, carnival rides, weiner dog races, and over 60 varieties of traditional German beer served in a commemorative stein. (While legal identification is required to purchase alcohol, the event is open to all ages.) Just for the record, I am 21! Continue reading