Busy, Busy

¡Dios mio! So much Spanish! I better be getting closer to fluency as much as I’m reading, writing, and thinking en Español these days. Sure, it will pay off, but sometimes I just feel so busy. It’s a good busy, though. When I’m not doing Spanish, there’s ALWAYS something else to be done. Maybe that’s true at any college, but it’s most definitely true here.

Many college admissions brochures testify to the 3 “S” Rule. The rule states that in college there are three activities that you can spend your time on: Studying, Socializing, and Sleeping. You get to choose two. The one I most often forego is by far sleep, followed by study (I can say that here because my parents don’t know this blog exists), and almost never do I give up my social time, for better or worse.

At least fraternity rush is over now. During that period I spent every waking hour making sure all the new freshmen knew which frat was the best (I may be a little biased…). It paid off, though, as my house recruited a record number of new guys to go through pledgeship. Awesome. Look at me, being all fratty. But that’s the thing about Tulsa Greek life I love – we’re really not “fratty” at all. To be honest, a good proportion of the guys and girls in fraternities and sororities here are those who wouldn’t be in a house at a big state school, but would yearn for a better social scene at a small liberal arts college. Just another way in which TU is the perfect balance, I guess.

In other news, John Mayer is a ton more impressive in concert than on CD. I was a little hesitant to go see him at the BOK Center here in Tulsa last weekend, but my friend talked me into it, and I’m glad I went. Even though he didn’t play “Assassin,” which is indisputably his best song, I enjoyed the show.

Well, Spanish is calling my name, so I’m gonna call it a day here on the blog. ¡Hasta Luego!

Here We Go Again!

As you (hopefully) gathered from my profile, my name’s Taber Hunt from Arkansas, and I’m a sophomore here at TU studying Economics and Spanish.

Boy, summer flew by. I’ve only been back in the States for two weeks, but it feels like just a few days. Packing, moving into my apartment, and now working on the fraternity house have absolutely ate up my time. I’ve enjoyed it all, though. I can’t believe another awesome year is about to begin here in Tulsa. I’m starting to feel old! Speaking of that, I turn the big 2-0 tomorrow. Happy early birthday, me.

I’m excited for this fall – Golden Hurricane football (opener against Notre Dame should be pretty good!), John Mayer concert at the BOK center in a few weeks, hanging out with friends way too late every night, subsequently studying until even way later at night, and a little sleep where I can fit it in. I have to admit, after a year in college and two months in Spain with siesta-time (Yes, they really take siestas.), I’ve become quite a napper. Oh yeah, Spain…how could I have forgotten?

SPAIN WAS SO COOL. For two months this summer I studied Spanish in San Sebastian, Spain. What an experience. I’m not even going to attempt to summarize it here, though. If you’re interested in reading more about it, go to viajesdetaber@blogspot.com. If you’re not interested, well, don’t.

Right now I’m sitting on the balcony of my apartment contemplating whether or not to walk the 30 feet to the swimming pool…either way I’ve got to order some books online tonight. On that note, I’ve got some pretty good classes lined up this semester. They all SOUND awful, like “Economic Development,” but I’m pretty sure they’ll mostly be pretty interesting.

Well, I’ve decided I will, in fact, go take a dip. Adios, amigos! Check back in in a few weeks once school’s started and I have more to talk about!

Oh, one more thing. If you get the chance, you should totally schedule a tour of campus sometime in October. The weather’s perfect and campus is absolutely gorgeous.

Until next time!

Fast Forward

from student blogger Quinn…

So its been a while since my last post. I’ll update you pretty quickly though. So this past semester, I took a Robotics class that met everyday except Sunday. Yes, everyday! Everyday does include Saturday. Although this class met everyday, it was only for the first 6 weeks of the semester. It was geared around an high school robotics competition called FIRST. We had this program at my high school , but I never had the opportunity to participate. Anyway, the class was a good experience. I was the team captain of the Booker T. Washington High School Team. Long story short, we lost in the championship. It was a good experience, and I hope to participate in the class next year.

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So for springbreak my friends and I decided to go Mazatlan, Mexico. My parents weren’t too thrilled with that idea, but we all made it back safely. I really enjoyed eating 3 meals a day for under $6. The weather was great in Mazatlan. We were able to get in some volleyball games and even some football games on the beach. I’m glad I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and a semester at TU because we ended up venturing out in some parts of town where no English was spoken. So after enjoying 90 degree weather all week , I come back to Tulsa which was covered in Snow.

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After springbreak , the semester was pretty much downhill. I only ended up having one final and just a couple more SA events left to plan. This was my last semester with participating in SA and it will be something that I will miss. I loved being involved with the planning and programming side of things, but it will be interesting to go to a tailgate just as a student. My final year at TU I will be President of the Association of Black Collegians. I’m very excited to be taking on this position and ABC’s executive staff has great things planned this year!

So I think I’ve filled you in on the past 4months or so. Now I can talk about the present. This summer I am back in Bakersfield, CA interning for Chevron. A few of my friends are back as well and its sure to be a great summer. Chevron is really great about plpanning networking events outside of work. For the interns, HR puts on several events through out the summer. The first event we had was a Volleyball/Ice Cream Social Event. I think I represented TU well by wearing the SA springfest Shirt created by T.Coye.

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We also had a gaming tournament. I’m not the biggest gamer, but I will say that I do dominate in Mario Kart (N64). The main office at Chevron has huge screens usually used for big presentations, but that night they were used for Call of Duty, Halo, Mario Kart, etc. There was a ton of pizza and other unhealthy food at the event. I made sure to get my carbs up before I dominated in Mario Kart.

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Another event that we had was the leadership BBQ. This event gives the interns an opportunity to meet the upper management of the company. I had the opportunity to speak with managers who had the opportunity to live in Indonesia and Nigeria. Both managers said that working abroad was a great experience for them and their families. Aside from the networking part of the event, we also played some picnic games.

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We started off by having a water balloon toss and then followed by an egg toss. We played a couple rounds, and then things got interesting when someone threw a balloon at the HR head. I remained clean the entire time,but lets say there were a few people who weren’t so lucky.

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Our most recent event was held only a couple nights ago, “The Dine and Dance.” “The Dine and Dance,” was held at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace. I actually don’t know who Buck Owens was, but he knew a lot of people and his establishment was huge. The walls were scattered with pictures of Buck and celebrities such as Robert Duvall, Dean Martin, and Brad Paisley just to name a few. We had a great dinner and then the dancing followed. I’m the not best line dancer, but that didn’t stop me from getting out there. I forget the name of the band that was playing that night, but they played a song called Tulsa Time which wasn’t that bad.

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Maybe admissions can play the song during TU’s Tulsa Time. Anyway, I’m going to try and keep this blog updated as much as possible this summer because my friends and I have lots of trips planned this summer. So enjoy…until next time!