Tuesdays with Tulsa: Top 5 Things To Do Over the Summer

Hi, I’m Marcia from Longmont, CO and I am studying Mathematics and Spanish.

I know when I was in high school, the idea of choosing to do extra schoolwork over the summer sounded absolutely crazy to me!  However, in the spring semester of my freshman year, I knew that I didn’t want to leave my amazing friends or the TU campus, even for just 3 months, so I chose to stay through a program called the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC).  With TURC, you work with a faculty member and usually a team of students to do some sort of research.  You also are required to do some community service with any organization of your choice.  If you’re accepted to the TURC program, TU provides housing, a food stipend, and a small cash stipend.  Doing TURC is really good hands on experience, and it also looks great on resumes.  While I did enjoy my TURC research, I also wanted to tell you about how much fun I had on the TU campus over the sun. Here is my list of the TOP 5 THINGS TO DO OVER THE SUMMER:

1) Start a (FRIENDLY!) Prank War

My roommate, Anne, and I were at a garage sale one day, and we found a box of streamers.  It was $0.25 for a roll of streamers, or else $2.00 for the entire box.  Naturally, we decided to buy the entire box.  We had two other friends, Kevin and David, who we knew would enjoy the fun, and so the prank war began.

Here are pictures of some of the pranks we did.

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2) Go to a Drive-In Movie

In 2010 the Admiral Twin Drive-In Theater in Tulsa burned down after being struck by lightning. Last summer, the Drive-In reopened and is better than ever! Every weekend, you can enjoy a double feature for only $7!

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3) Explore Downtown

Downtown Tulsa has underground tunnels that were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. One day, my friends Grace, Anne and I decided to go explore them, and spend the day in downtown.

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There are many other things downtown has to offer.  There is great food like burgers from McNellie’s, or gelato and crepes from Mod’s.

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There are many churches worth taking a peak in to look at the beautiful architecture and fixtures.  There is also the center of the universe and ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers.

4) Enjoy the Lakes and Rivers

The Arkansas River flows (at least when it has water) through Tulsa. Along the river there are many different trails and parks, which provide great places to have a picnic, go for a run, or just hang out. Also, on the 4th of July, the fireworks are launched over the river. There also are many lakes in OK! The closest lake to hang out at is Keystone Lake, which is about a 30 minute drive from TU. At Keystone Lake you can go for a swim, have a bonfire, or simply enjoy a day in the sun.

Lake Just make sure to bring lots of water…

Water and wear lots of sunscreen.

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5) Enjoy the TU campus

Since you typically have more time during the summer than during the school year, summer is a great time to enjoy all that the campus has to offer. You can play a game of sand volleyball, or anything from football to croquet on the “new U” (Chapman Commons). On a hot day you can cool off in the fountains across from Collins Hall or in the pool at the Student Activity Center (SAC). In the evening and at night, it’s nice to walk around the “old U” (Dietler Commons), sit on the steps of McFarlin Library and watch the firework shows that happen over downtown multiple times a week, or just talk and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Summer

What a summer it has been back in Houston. The heat has been unbearable at times, but overall it has been a jam packed fun filled summer back home. Although summer is normally every students favorite time of the year, this first summer back after my freshmen year has not been what I expected. After three days home, I already missed my Tulsa family and the routine I had established. I went back to my old job as a server that I had during high school, and started a second job in retail at LOFT. Both are great jobs, but I longed to be back in an office setting. I think the business school is in my blood now, because everywhere I went this summer I made sure to network.
I loved being home with my mom, brother, dog, and best friends, but the relationships I created at TU I know will be life long and if this summer is a taste of what post graduation will feel like, I definitely want to stay at TU for life…kidding…but seriously :) One thing I enjoyed was hanging out and seeing my friends from TU back here in Houston. Many Energy management students have jobs here in Houston and were fun to hang out with on weekends. The University really promotes all students regardless of age to create relationships, which is why as a sophomore, I was able to meet up with graduates and seniors for dinners or just to watch tv.
This fall is going to be jam packed full of grand events, and I am most looking forward to TAILGATING for the FOOTBALL SEASON 2011!!!!! Don’t miss out on a game, if you are ever in Tulsa make sure to see if it is on a date we have a football game, you will not regret taking the time to watch one and to get a sincere feel of the community that we have at the University. Also I would not be shocked at all if some of our Golden Hurricane players ended up in the draft, we’ve got talent for sure! Can’t wait to keep everyone updated on what is to come and what is new at the University this year.

Crazy Summertime

I love summer…no school, good friends, sunny days. So far my summer has been pretty busy–I got home from Tulsa after marshaling graduation, spent about a week or so home, and then jetted off to Florida for my cousin’s wedding. I got home on Wednesday, have taken three full length LSATs over the past three days (prepping for the June 6 test…trying to get a better score!), and then tomorrow I turn around to go to the Lake of the Ozarks with my family. Then I head to Kansas City on Sunday for a wedding, and then it’s back to Tulsa for the rest of the summer so that I can conduct research through the TURC program. This will be my first summer in Tulsa–in past summers I’ve come home to St. Louis to work, and last summer I was studying abroad in Spain. It will be interesting being in Tulsa for virtually an entire calendar year, but I’m excited! It will be nice to be in Tulsa with no school and time to enjoy the sites and sounds of the city. I’ve still never been to a Drillers game…that’s disgraceful considering 1) I’ve lived in Tulsa for three years now and 2) I’m a huge baseball fan. I mean really…I need to get on that! It’s definitely on my to do list this summer.

On a more dire note, I’ve been sitting in my home here in St. Louis this week thinking about how fortunate I am to have a home in the first place. As many of you have I’m sure already heard, a huge F5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday night. I’ve been thinking about all of the people that I know that go to TU who have lost all of their possessions, and I feel horrible that I am so fortunate while they have nothing. I’ve been going through my closet for clothes that I can donate to those in need down there, and I encourage anyone who is reading my blog to donate anything that you can to those down in Joplin–your time, your money, your belongings–whatever you can spare. They need everything, so don’t hesitate to send anything you can, no matter how small!

Thanks so much, and hopefully I’ll see some of you at TU in the fall! =)