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

Diversity @ TU

2014-06-12 16.45.52Hi everyone!

I hope you guys are all keeping warm out there and finding the motivation to make it another week until Thanksgiving Break (if you happen to find some motivation, could I borrow some?)!  A huge arctic front blew in on Monday night and the temperature is now wavering between the upper 20s and lowers 30s (nothing says ‘I’m a go-getter!’ like staying huddled under the covers of your bed).  I’m currently in McFarlin Library sipping some hot chocolate (Mmmm!) which is definitely helping!

Today, I’d like to discuss something very near and dear to me: diversity!  I happen to be Indian-American, as in I was born and raised here in the U.S. (shout out to anyone reading this who is from my home state of New Jersey!), but under the influence of Indian culture (my parents are both immigrants from India).  My ethnic heritage is extremely important to me; therefore, it is essential that I be able to express my cultural identity, share it with others, and learn about others’ cultures. Continue reading

Camping Out Newman Center Style

This past weekend, the Men’s Group from St. Philip Neri Catholic Newman Center on TU’s campus went on a camping trip at Lake Keystone. Tulsa’s wonderful fall weekends made it a great time! We set up camp and then scouted out a place for Father Kerry, the Chaplin at the Newman center, to come out and celebrate Mass for us outdoors! It was such an awesome weekend hanging out with some great guys and, as always, the Oklahoma sunset didn’t disappoint!

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