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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Tuesday With Tulsa: Meet a TU Alum

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Welcome to our first Tuesday with Tulsa blog post! On Tuesdays, we want to feature guest blog posts from the TU community- alumni, students, faculty, and anyone else that is affiliated with TU and has something they want to say.

Today’s blog post is by Britney Grayson, a TU alum who is finishing up a combined MD-PhD program at Vanderbilt University. Thanks, Britney, for contributing to our blog!

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Hello from Nashville! My name is Britney Grayson. I am a Tulsa native (graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and the International Baccalaureate Program) and alumna of The University of Tulsa, class of 2004. I am delighted that many of you reading are considering TU for college. I’d love to share a little bit of my story with you including why I am so thankful that I chose TU for my undergraduate education.

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The Beginning of the End

Woah…this is the end of my junior year. I’ve only got one final left between me and summer, and then it’s on to my senior year here at TU. I’m definitely not ready to think about graduating and leaving my friends…I can’t believe I only have 9 months left to spend with them before we all head our separate ways. It’s definitely starting to hit me hard. The time has flown by so fast! In addition to having to think about the friends that I have in my own class that I only have one short school year left with, I have to think about all of my friends who are graduating in FIVE DAYS. I think that’s what’s getting me the most…TU is such a close-knit campus that I have made so many friends that are both older and younger than me, and it’s sad to see the seniors go. They have taught me so much on this campus, and each and every one of them has touched my life in one way or another. They are all moving on to such amazing things, but I’ll still miss them when they’re gone! The campus certainly won’t be the same without them, but I’m excited to reach my senior year and leave my own mark on this campus before I leave. It’ll be the class of 2012’s time to shine, and I think we’re definitely ready for the challenge! =) Until then I look forward to graduation and celebrating those who are leaving, and I can’t wait for a few weeks of break at home in St. Louis before I head back here to do some research for the TURC program this summer. The 2011-2012 school year promises to be an eventful one, and I can’t wait!