Advice for Tulsa High School Students

02-26-14 haley anderson-210Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Haley A., a sophomore psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

When I began my college search, I always envisioned myself somewhere far away from my hometown. I didn’t want to be another face among the graduating seniors going to the state schools. I wanted to be different.

I began looking into schools in the Northeastern region of the country. On paper, the schools I researched were amazing. But none of them gave me a feeling of absolute certainty. The University of Tulsa was never even on my radar until my dad convinced me to attend a “Junior Day” event on campus. After visiting campus that day, my outlook changed completely; I realized that finding the perfect school for me was more about meaning than miles. Continue reading

Under the Radar and Over The Moon… A Mom’s Take on TU

FlowersToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa post comes to us from Palmer R., TU mom and Chicago resident.

I’ll admit bias right off the bat – our family loves TU! We first came for Junior Visit Day on Spring Break 2013. Tulsa was stop #6 on a college-of-the-day road trip that started in Chicago. The car felt smaller each day, probably because it was filling up with brochures. But despite fatigue and claustrophobia, we were immediately revived by the beauty of the TU campus. Of course, we hadn’t spent endless hours trapped in a car just to see a lovely campus. We arrived knowing little about TU, but our son’s high school counselor had said we might be surprised by what it has to offer. So there we were. And if we were looking for reasons NOT to like TU, we never found them. We were amazed by the strong academics, and also by the many ways in which undergrads can participate and have an impact – opportunities we hadn’t seen on other tours. Continue reading

Why I Want All Of You To Come To Tulsa Time!

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I may not know who you are, and you certainly don’t know who I am, but it doesn’t matter. I want you to come to Tulsa Time! I know what it’s like to be in college mode.  I will assume that the good majority of you reading this blog are seniors in high school.  If your experience is anything like mine was, by this time senioritis is coming at you full force, your mom has nagged you about completing your FAFSA, and everyone is asking what you’re planning on doing after you graduate.  Some of you might have some solid answers to that question, but others may be on the fence about which school is right for you, and that’s okay!

I’m from Arizona and in high school I got a generic brochure in the mail telling me to think of coming to TU.  My first thought was that the pictures were pretty, the second thought when I looked into the actual school was it had all of the areas of study that I was thinking of going into.  But did I really want to go all the way to Oklahoma for school?  At the time that was the million dollar question!

I came to Tulsa Time in February after my admissions counselor recommended it, and I was sold! I mean I knew this was the school from the moment I walked on campus.  When you find the right school you really do know. It’s just a gut feeling, and TU had my heart.  You spend the weekend on campus, you stay in campus housing, go to a class or two, and meet a lot of people.  You get to live out what college is like for a couple days and it really makes it easy for you to figure out if you could wake up in the residence hall every day and walk to classes.  TU was the only school I actually visited because it was absolutely where I was suppose to be.

I want all of you to experience the same thing! Come to TU this month, be a college student for a weekend, and figure out if you get the feeling you belong here.  I would hope that everyone comes here, falls in love with the school, and goes home to send in their letter of intent.  Even if that doesn’t happen, how will you know this is/isn’t the school for you until you come and experience TU for yourself?  I can’t wait to (hopefully) see you all on campus in a few weeks!

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The first picture I took on campus was McFarlin Library.