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

Life as a Student-Athlete at TU

Julie 3Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Julie K., a senior Speech Pathology major from St. Louis, Mo.

My name is Julie, and I live the crazy, yet awesome life of a student-athlete here at The University of Tulsa. TU has made it possible for me to get a great education while playing the sport that I love: softball.  I’m not going to lie, being a student-athlete gets super busy at times. In addition to class and homework, I have practice and workouts to go to nearly every day.  Sometimes, I even have to miss class so I can travel to tournaments.  As a freshman, this scared me because I thought my grades would suffer for missing lectures and class discussions.  But I quickly learned that the professors at TU are very understanding of athletics. They are always eager to work with athletes one-on-one to make sure they understand everything that they missed.  I’ve even seen many professors at our games supporting us!  The faculty of TU is extremely supportive of TU athletics and its student-athletes.

Now I going to brag about my awesome team a little bit. Last season, we finished with a record of 53-9 and broke tons of team and individual records. We set the single season record for batting average (.325), hits (553), and RBI (333).  Two of my teammates received All-American honors.  We were even ranked 15th in the country at one point!  It was by far the best season we’ve ever had. Continue reading

Thoughts After 3 Months At TU

IMG_0331Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Leonardo Landivar, a freshman Petroleum Engineering major from Bolivia.

Before coming to Tulsa, I had no idea what to expect. I always heard that Tulsa is a pretty calm and quiet city without many temptations, which makes it a perfect place to study. As days went by, and classes started, I noticed that TU was exactly what I was looking for.

First of all, small classes make things so much easier and “elite” when it comes to learning. The teacher knows who you are by name and you are not just one of the bunch as in other universities. Professors are always available and willing to do anything to help you with whatever you need. People around here are so friendly which really makes me feel like I’m at home. Thanks to the Greek life at TU, I have met even more friends, friends that I now consider family…a family on which I rely and always trust.

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Playing soccer, ultimate frisbee and going to the gym can be the best medicine after a long day of studies. Football and soccer games are also another great part of TU. There is so much school spirit present that you actually feel connected with the university. And that is a feeling which is impossible to describe.  In the end we are all TU, and TU is the best university ever!

So far I have been away from home for three months. I can say that time has passed really quickly and that there are already some great memories that I will never forget. I can’t wait to see how the next four years are going to turn out. If the first months were awesome, then the future will be even better!

GO TU!