Our fall break just ended and now it’s time to step back into reality and the life of a TU student. Since I live in Arizona I didn’t fly back home for Thanksgiving instead I drove to Wichita with my lovely room mate and met my best friend there to continue our journey to her grandparents house outside of Topeka, Kansas. We got there Friday and had more of our friends arriving on Sunday and Thursday. We spent a lot of time in the car between driving to and from the airport which was a couple hours away and exploring downtown Topeka, but it left a lot of time to catch up with everyone! A few highlight of my break included visiting the barn cats that live in the barn behind Korynne’s grandparents house!
We renamed all of the cats and this one we called Death by Cuteness. Other names included Bob Marley, 007, and Scrappy which all fit the personalities of the cats quite well.
The scenery was amazing! We spent one morning just walking around the field and even ventured into the line of trees just to see what was on the other side which proved to be an adventure to say the least!
We decided to have a picnic at a park and of course we pick the coldest and most windy day to do so but it was still very fun.
While driving in downtown Topeka after the park we found this flag painted on the back of a building which lead to basically a photo shoot! (They were spelling out USA!)
Lastly that day we found a bunch of trains and decided to explore a little around there!
Between the laughs, nights spent watching movies, and just having a good time with great friends I was not ready to come back to school. And yet as soon as I walked into my suite I realized how much I missed it here! We even had pre-Christmas with gifts from some of the girls moms, and we spent the night watching movies and catching up! I was even excited to sleep in my dorm bed! Sometime you have to go away so you remember why you like it coming here so much and this break did it for me! I will admit I cannot wait to actually go back home for the first time, and I am not thrilled to have to be studying for finals but we’re not in Kansas anymore and for now I am very much happy to be back to my college home with the girls of suite 404!
I can say without a doubt that Halloween is one of my favorite days out of they year, especially as I get older. About a month ago my friends and I decided that we should make our costumes correlate, and we decided Teen Titans would be the best option. It quickly caught wind and more people joined, we lost some in the tedious process of making the costumes, but overall it turned out well for Haunted Hall. Making the costumes was fun in it’s own right and then dressing up and seeing the surprised looks on everyone’s faces was priceless. Luckily this was just a test run for Halloween because some costumes, especially my friend’s Sebastian’s (who is Red X in this picture) were incomplete and almost falling apart. I’m looking forward to Halloween on Wednesday because I get to play at the TU men’s basketball game in full costume, and then my friends and I are hitting the town for some trick-or-treating. NEVER too old to trick-or-treat, you’ve just got to find someone who’s willing to give you the candy. By far one of the best Halloween’s I’ve had in years.
From your career to your favorite caffeine-filled beverage, college is a time of discovery. My favorite discovery thus far has been the existence of Canadian Thanksgiving. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving twice a year?
Some of my friends prepared Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in the kitchen of Lottie Jane, the all-girls dorm.
mmm…lots of turkey for lots of people
Who says you can’t live well in a college dorm?
the beautiful (not to mention talented) cooks!
- Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Ahh, being off of school: no more homework, no more tests, no more Tulsa. As a reminder, I am from a little town in Southeastern Oklahoma about three hours away form Tulsa called Durant. I’ve always wondered how different it would be to go home from college. I have been fairly involved in clubs and things at TU and as a result did not go home much this semester. Christmas break is my first time to be home in a while and definitely the first time to be home for so long (we get a whole month off of school!). Obviously going home is completely different for different people with different families, but let me share some of the differences that I have experienced from this going back to my family.
First, and possibly the most obvious, is the presence of rules. However, my parents and I get along pretty well and we had a talk about curfew and other such rules before it became a problem. So while I did still have a curfew and got to run all the errands EVER, these were not really a problem for me. But for sure different from college!
Another thing that is pleasantly different is the FOOD! While the food at college isn’t the worst ever…. =/ it will never compare to the delicious food cooked by your own mom.
Lastly is just getting to be around your family. I’ve missed them a lot and it has been great to spend time with them over this break. However, I do miss my campus and friends at TU! But the break’ll be over soon and return to the world of college we will.
Things are winding down here at the Admission Office. If you have a question about your application, please make sure to call the office before 5:00pm today, because we will be closed tomorrow and next week. We will reopen Monday, January 2nd, and classes for TU students resume on January 9th. We have been mailing out Admission Decisions this week for Rolling Admission Applicants who completed their applications, so be sure to watch your mailbox…
Our office has had a fun week full of student visitors, office parties, and community service. Now, we want to wish each of you a safe, happy holiday season. Happy New Year!
- The Office of Admission Staff with our Secret Santa presents- toys we donated to the Tulsa Police Department’s Toy Drive
TU gave every student at Kendall-Whittier Elementary a True Blue Neighbors sweatshirt in hopes that everyone will have a warm winter break
With the ACT this weekend, and the end of the semester fast approaching, I’m sure most of you have been busy studying for tests.
At TU, the whole campus community is trying to be supportive of our students who are currently studying for finals. Different departments and organizations around campus are offering free food, fun study-break activities, or opening their offices to students who need a quiet place to study. I know Dr. Purser in the Chemistry Department arranged for the TU Shuttle to bring students to his house one evening earlier this week to decorate cookies. I’m sure other professors offered similar activities. The Office of Admission did- last night, we hosted a Holiday Party for our University Ambassadors. The UAs came by to eat pizza, decorate cookies, and play a few holiday games.
Notice the open book on the table..it was supposed to be a break from studying!
Matt and Hillary in their holiday gear
Good luck studying! Be sure to take some breaks, and try to get some sleep!
May your days be MERRY and BRIGHT!
Happy Holidays from the Office of Admission.
Brrr. It is cold in Tulsa! I managed to get out of my office and brave the cold long enough to get to the Allen Chapman Activity Center to enjoy some of the activities going on there today.
ACAC is decorated for the holidays.
First, I joined our student bloggers for lunch in the Faculty Club. Then, I stopped by the TU bookstore to enjoy my discount during Staff Appreciation Day.
- I ran into some of my fellow admission bloggers enjoying the free cider and shopping!
If you don’t already know, The University of Tulsa does a lot of community service. One of our programs, True Blue Neighbors, partners TU with the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood so TU students, faculty and staff can focus a lot of their volunteer efforts nearby. Today, elementary students from Kendall Whittier visited campus to sing Christmas Carols in ACAC while students ate lunch!
Even Santa and his elves dropped by ACAC to join the festivities!
I’m glad I ventured out of my office to enjoy it. I had so much fun. Now back to work!
Today’s post is from Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Dean of Admission:
During this season of Thanksgiving, we often find many things to be thankful for. At The University of Tulsa, we have witnessed the growth of our campus facilities, a rise to 75th nationally in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, and most importantly we have seen unprecedented student success, academically and in the job market. The word is spreading about all of the wonderful things happening at TU, as evident by the number of students who submitted an application under our Early Action Plan. We are indeed thankful for your interest. Today, I have the pleasure of offering admission to a record number of Early Action applicants. The letters will be mailed today and I hope you will share the good news with family and friends as you gather for Thanksgiving. From the Golden Hurricane family at The University of Tulsa, congratulations to all of our students who have been granted admission under the Early Action Plan. I look forward to welcoming you to the TU class of 2016. Happy Thanksgiving!
Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services and Dean of Admission
Parents and Family Weekend
was the same weekend as Homecoming
. There were a lot of activities
on campus for visiting families. I was working in the Admission Office on Saturday morning, so I took some pictures of the festivities in front of Collins Hall
- The Mid-life Crisis Band playing on Chapman Commons
A family enjoying Parents and Family Weekend
Can you find one of our Student Bloggers?
These little cows also made an appearance at the TU Greek-or-Treat on Monday and stopped by Collins Hall to trick-or-treat as well. The perks of having children? Halloween candy, of course!
A great Homecoming and Halloween.