Tuesday With Tulsa: Meet a TU Alum

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Welcome to our first Tuesday with Tulsa blog post! On Tuesdays, we want to feature guest blog posts from the TU community- alumni, students, faculty, and anyone else that is affiliated with TU and has something they want to say.

Today’s blog post is by Britney Grayson, a TU alum who is finishing up a combined MD-PhD program at Vanderbilt University. Thanks, Britney, for contributing to our blog!

-Casey Reed

Hello from Nashville! My name is Britney Grayson. I am a Tulsa native (graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and the International Baccalaureate Program) and alumna of The University of Tulsa, class of 2004. I am delighted that many of you reading are considering TU for college. I’d love to share a little bit of my story with you including why I am so thankful that I chose TU for my undergraduate education.

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Sweet Summertime

Wow…a LOT has happened since the last time I posted in May! First of all, I took the LSAT on June 6 and raised my score (yayyyy!!). I was really, really excited about that, and now I never have to take the LSAT again (insert sigh of relief here). Beginning at the end of May once I moved back to Tulsa I dove into my research, and I have really enjoyed not only the program that I am working for, but also the students that I am working with. I have picked up computer science this summer through my research, and I am also teaching myself Arabic on my own time. I figured there’s always a benefit to learning a new language, so why not pick one of the most difficult languages in the world? I’m still at a pretty low level of reading, writing, and speaking, but my comprehension is getting better and better! I’m really excited about learning the language and being able to utilize it sometime in the future! My days have been filled with research and internships, and my weekends have been filled with traveling. I’ve been back and forth to Springfield, MO where my boyfriend goes to school, St. Louis to spend at least a weekend or two with my family, and the Lake of the Ozarks where I love to go to hang out. It’s been extremely hot everywhere I go, but nothing beats Tulsa right now! It’s been around 107 degrees every day, not including the heat index. Somehow, though, Tulsa never seems so hot. There’s always bright blue skies and happy people, so it makes the heat a little more bearable.

Other than work and research, I’ve just been coming to terms with the reality that summer is almost over. I feel like it flew by, but I’m excited for the year to begin so that I can enjoy my sorority, my classes, and the fun that comes with being a senior–I can’t believe I’m so old already! The summer session ends on Friday, so I’ll head to St. Louis for a week or so before moving back for sorority recruitment. Then, after recruitment, the fall semester starts and I’ll get back into the swing of things again! I can’t believe fall is already coming around…it’s amazing how time flies!

Next time you hear from me I’ll probably be in the middle of beginning-of-school craziness, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! :) Talk to you soon!

Research 101

Wooo…glad today is over, although I’m really excited about what I got to do today! I have been doing undergraduate research this semester under Dr. Eduardo Faingold about the Mexican Drug War and its implications on American foreign policy. It has been so interesting, and I have loved getting to learn all about it! Today, I had the opportunity to present my findings at the Research Colloquium on campus–it’s a HUGE conference where hundreds of students doing undergraduate research at TU get to present in front of judges and share their research and what they’re passionate about with an audience. I had a really great time participating! I’m glad that all of that work is behind me, though =)

Also, this week is Springfest. We’ve had really fun activities all week–Monday they had a Battle of the Bands with free t-shirts and all sorts of cool stuff, and then last night they brought in Jack’s Mannequin for FREE! They played a great concert…they’re a band that I really love, and getting to see them free (as I do with all great concerts that TU brings to campus) was awesome! Tonight we’re decorating TOMS shoes and hanging out in Reynolds Center, tomorrow is the 1st annual Mr. and Ms. Hurricane pageant (it should be pretty funny…there’s a girl in my sorority in it so I’m really excited to cheer her on) and then on Friday is Relay For Life, which is a huge deal on our campus. I’m so excited for the rest of the week, and I can’t wait for next week which is Kappa Sigma’s philanthropy week. They have a huge dance competition that all of the sororities participate in, and it’s always so fun seeing the dances that everyone makes up. Next time I write, I’ll have to tell you all about it!

Until then, I’ll be wishing away this rainy, cold weather and hoping that some sun comes our way next week! Talk to you soon!