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

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