It’s Tulsa Time

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks since Homecoming, but I’m excited for Thanksgiving break next week! We get a whole week off for break unlike other schools that only get a couple of days, so it will be really nice to go back to St. Louis and have some time to spend with my family.

This past weekend was really fun! On Saturday, I had the opportunity to run my first long-distance race. I was always a sprinter and a hurdler when I ran track in high school, so it was really different for me to be running a long race! McNellie’s, a really popular restaurant in downtown Tulsa, hosted a 4 mile race that wound all through the streets of downtown and passed by all of the amazing landmarks of the city. I was able to run the whole race without walking at all–a huge feat for me–and it was even better because I had a bunch of my friends there with me! There were a ton of TU students down there participating!

My friends and me at the McNellie's Run!

After the race, a whole group of us went to a really great local restaurant downtown called the Blue Dome Diner. We had breakfast for dinner (the best!) and then headed home for a much needed evening of rest and movie watching. Then, Sunday brought Tulsa Time! We had over 150 high school seniors on campus for our admission program, and I loved each and every moment of it! I got to talk with so many great students and parents, and I hope that they loved TU as much as I do! It’d be great to see them all here on campus next fall! In the meantime, I’m excited for the end of the semester, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the spring semester (I’m graduating…that’s so crazy!), and all that the next few months will bring.

Tuesday with Tulsa

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 Guest Blogger: Victoria Hui

Dinner at Tulsa Time Overnight ProgramI can’t believe I had just had my last fall Tulsa Time at TU! For those prospective students who don’t know, Tulsa Time is a two-day program where prospective students can stay overnight on campus to truly experience what TU is all about. There is programming on Sunday and Monday that gives students and parents a glimpse into all the majors, activities, and opportunities that are available on campus. It is my favorite program that I get to be a part of as a University Ambassador. Unfortunately I am not able to host a prospective student, but I still enjoyed being able to talk to them at the various activities.

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Campus Visitors

I love fall break. Well, let me clarify…I love high school fall break. TU students don’t get a fall break (they DO get the entire week of Thanksgiving off, which is even better, since most of our students come from out of state and have a long trip home and everyone could use an entire week off right before finals).

Some Prospective Student Visitors

Anyway, when high schools have fall break, it means that we have a TON of visitors on campus.

The fountain in front of Collins Hall

So things are pretty lively here in Collins Hall.

Most of our admission counselors are back in the office after all their fall travel to high schools and college fairs across the country, so they are thrilled to be here to meet with families who are visiting.  One admission counselor, Karen Chen, said she hadn’t spent a full day in the office since September 1st!

Lindsley, a prospective student, and Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Dean of Admission

Our University Ambassadors have been working overtime giving extra tours and taking students to lunch. What would we do without our great UAs? Have I mentioned that they don’t get paid? They just love TU!

Some of our University Ambassadors about to give a tour

A campus tour leaving Collins Hall

Since we didn’t offer an official visit program this week, most of our (hundreds) of visitors this week planned individual campus visits. Some of them came with friends, and many of the visitors brought their parents, but they all got individual itineraries planned for their own personal interests. I met with one student who was thrilled because her class visits solidified her interests in biology and pre-med, and another student who decided to change his major after he really connected with a professor in another engineering discipline. It is exciting to see students exploring their interests and figuring out how TU will help them become the people they want to be.

Students and Ambassadors eating lunch

Some schools have fall break next week. It looks like it will be another busy week for The Office of Admission! See you then.

-Casey Reed