Q&A with…Jesse K.

Jesse KeippToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with Jesse K., a senior Applied Math major from St. Louis, Mo.

What have you learned about yourself at TU?

At TU, I’ve been able to discover new things about myself that I may have never discovered at a larger institution. Having never before written for a newspaper, I jumped into a staff writing position on TU’s student newspaper, The Collegian. Filling the void for sports writing, I had my pick of the sports topics, and I even took on my own weekly column. After just a year on staff, I filled the position of Business and Advertising Manager. At a larger school, I don’t know if I would’ve been able to have as much opportunity in four years as I’ve had at TU in just one year. At a larger school, I don’t know if I would’ve had the courage to embrace something so new. But, at TU, my fellow students welcomed me into The Collegian community, and I discovered my love for sports writing.

What do you like most about serving as a University Ambassador?

I’ve embraced being a University Ambassador as an opportunity to both give back to my school and to help show high school students that they can find a home at TU. I’m honored to represent The University of Tulsa. Plus, it’s easy to talk about TU’s top-notch academics, competitive athletics, beautiful campus, and welcoming community. Ultimately, I hope to let prospective students know that they can find a home at TU. Continue reading

Q&A with…Spandana M.

02-26-14 spandana maitra-103Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with sophomore Spandana M., a chemical engineering major from Dallas, Texas.

What is your favorite thing about TU?

My favorite thing about TU is the sense of community. I love the fact that I can walk across campus and am able to say hi to at least a few people and catch up a little bit with a few friends who I haven’t seen in awhile.

What is your favorite TU event or organization and why?

My favorite TU organization is Sigma Alpha Iota – which is an International Women’s Music fraternity. It’s kind of hard to de-stress sometimes being a student in the Engineering college and not being able to have a lot of classes dealing with music, which is something I immensely enjoy. With SAI, I’m able to continue having music in my life and I also get new sisters who are as passionate about music as I am, but also are a support system for me whenever times get tough or incredibly busy.

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite TU tradition is definitely a new one, but is the Puppy Event during reading days within finals week. It’s always incredibly stressful around that time of the semester, and it’s nice to be able to cuddle up next to some fluffy friends and play catch or tug of war. They’re also unbelievably cute and relieve any testing blues you might be dealing with! Continue reading

Hillel: My home away from home

Blog 3Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes from Lilly K., a sophomore Nursing major from Dallas, Texas.

The Hillel is my home away from home. When I came to college I was afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to find a Jewish community that I loved as much as the one I had back home. A place where everyone knows your name and are glad that you showed up to services, the holiday celebration or a baby naming. As soon as I arrived at the Fall Activities Fair, I searched the rows of tables, looking for the one for the Hillel. I knew that I needed to stay connected to my faith and community in some way or another. Since the day I walked up to the table and put my name on the list, I haven’t stopped showing up.

So many people have made me feel welcome! Continue reading