We had our first snow day but unfortunately it did not result in a snow day from school! Nevertheless the snow made campus even more beautiful than it typically is. Originally I am from New Jersey so for the majority of my life I got white winters every year, but after living in Arizona for so many years I forgot what it meant to actually have to walk in the snow on your way to class. It was definitely a nice experience though and I enjoyed watching people have snow ball fights and build snowmen. I even saw guys building a snow fort outside of the John (John Mabee is the all male dorm) and by the time my class was over i came back outside to see it was even furnished with chairs and all!
The view walking out of the Admissions building!
McFarlin Library and one of many snowmen!
Also last Saturday was service day as someone posted about earlier! I went to an elementary school and the building they are in was a junior high but it was closed for a year and the elementary school just opened. They have been slowly but surely making a ton of improvements. It was too cold on Saturday to paint since originally we were going to paint hopscotch patterns outside. Instead we created a template so when it does warm up a bit they have a good idea of where to paint. The hopscotch patterns were from the United States, Nigeria, and Great Britain. I worked on the one from Great Britain with Kerry who lives with me. Together we made this massive template:
Hopscotch Great Britain style!
I was very proud of us! After that we moved on to cleaning out a storage room and then we joined the others outside and moved lots of dirt in preparation for re-mulching and planting flowers in the spring. We even had help from some little boys that went to the school and saw us working! If volunteering is something you’re interested in TU makes it so easy to log some hours! Plus it is a great feeling knowing you are with 400 of your other classmates all doing some good and giving back to the community!
Although weather in Tulsa was dreary and wet yesterday, I still managed to enjoy being outside as I walked to and from class- mostly for the entertainment value. Every time I walked outside I saw something that made me laugh. First it was a guy riding his yellow Tulsa bike with a friend perched on his handle bars, just along for the ride. Then it was all of the students holding soggy copies of the TU student newspaper above their heads, serving as make-shift umbrellas. One guy made an upgrade from the newspaper though. He used a plastic tray. Of course every single girl (myself included) sported rain boots and purposefully sought out puddles to stomp through just because they could. So even if the rain was an inconvenience for some, I saw the goofiness of Tulsa’s student body shine through despite the forecast. Gotta love when that happens.
One cool feature of TU is its location: Oklahoma! While OK is by far not the largest or most populated state, it does have a lot of great qualities. One that we as students really enjoy is the weather! This week is has got up the 85 degrees! So, what can one do in such a warm environment? I’m glad you asked! Posted below is a photo and one of my friends and me playing in one of the fountains on campus. Juvenile? I think not! Fun?? I THINK SO!
There is a saying in Oklahoma, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” Even though we have 4 distinct seasons, each of them is usually interrupted with days of unseasonable weather, giving you a nice break.
Today is a good example. It’s the middle of February and it’s almost 70 degrees outside. Most of our students are wearing shorts. I snapped this shot of a few TU students playing in the fountain outside Collins Hall at 11:30am this morning…
The weather never ceases to amaze me in my lifetime of living in Oklahoma. This past weekend we had freezing rain and snow. But as soon as it came, it was over and temperatures soared back to mid-50s. I still think there’s a good chance for at least one big snow before winter is over…we’ll see.
Saturday was the TU Men’s basketball game against Houston. We stomped the floor with them, score of 72-48! And the final game was held for the Tri-Delta “Hoops for Hope” philanthropy (supports St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital.) It was a pretty intense match-up, even if it was for philanthropy!
The Grammy Awards was also hosted this past weekend. It really did feel weird with the news of Whitney Houston, but as they say “The show must go on.” And Adele deserved all 6 Grammys. She’s definitely one for Gaga to keep an eye on.haha
It is TU Football season, which means it is the best part of the school year. I have enjoyed going to the home games, and watching the away games at the Hurricane Hut on campus with my friends. This year I am on Student Association and am the ED of Athletics. That means my job is to promote athletics, and run tailgates for the student body. I am so happy I am able to this because I absolutely love our athletics and one of the reasons I came to TU was because it was the smallest D1 School. Tonight was awesome 41-24 was the ending score against UNT, the weather was perfect, seeing my classmates and friends on the field playing great topped it off.
I’m so, so happy that it’s finally October! I love the month of October! Even though it is the month of midterms and crazy schedules, the weather is beautiful, the Cardinals are in the playoffs, and the fall clothes finally get dusted off. Homecoming is right around the corner, and that means Parents’ Weekend! I can’t wait to see my family…it’s been almost two months since I’ve seen them! I love having them come down to TU and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the campus. They love going to football games and seeing the bonfire, and it’s always fun showing them the city of Tulsa while they’re down here, too. It’s nice bringing my family life and my school life together, because it’s like having the best of both worlds!
Lately I’ve been having a ton of fun in Tulsa! Last Friday night I went to the State Fair with a bunch of people in my research group, and we had a blast! We ate our way through all of the greasy fair food, rode all of the sketchy carnival rides, and all of the guys tried to show off by playing all of the fair games. Sadly, they didn’t win any big, oversized teddy bears for us girls, but we still had a great time! Then last night I went to my first home football game of the season because I didn’t end up attending the OSU game…I was at the game for the original kickoff time, but then the rain delay caused kickoff to be pushed back to 12:15 am, and I ended up falling asleep. =( Whoops! It was great seeing a football game, though, and I’m excited for the rest of the season! Today my sorority had a date function where we all went bowling, and that was was really fun, too! It’s been a really great weekend, and I can’t wait for the beautiful fall weekends to come. From biking on Riverside to competing in the McNellie’s Pub Run in November, the fall season has so much to offer! I can’t wait!
It’s Emily here. It’s amazing what happens in a year. Last September I was not knee deep in a new semester, I was knee deep in a new job. I was just becoming acquainted with exactly what it feels like to live a dream and had just met the people I now consider some of my closest friends. I had just made the leap from intern to someone who oversaw an intern. Now I’m an intern once again.
As every year has since I graduated from high school, last year completely transformed me. I’m certain that my senior year at TU will be no different. Reaching senior year is awesome, but it’s also scary. I don’t know what comes next.
Still, we are experiencing a real fall season in Tulsa this year, which is a rare and wonderful thing. The crisp, cool air signals coming change and sweater weather. Maybe it’s just me, but the world seems like a better, more manageable place when I’m wearing a cozy sweater.
And now, in honor of the return to school, a campus classic:
The feeling when it finally rained. It was still 110 degrees outside, but that sure didn’t stop me from reaching for rain drops.
The arrival of new textbooks. Suddenly, I understand that my senior year of college is about to begin. I made it.
If you’re wondering what the orange stickers are all about, wonder no more. Roll on over to Chegg and never get ripped off on books again. And the company plants a tree each time you rent!
I’m also giddy because: my mom got a job she really wanted, my brothers are happy and healthy, one of my best friends just got incredible news, and another friend made me delicious vegan dinner (and dessert) earlier this week. My life may never be perfect, but it is so good.
As you all prepare to come to TU for the first time or the thousandth, I hope the goodness of your lives genuinely amazes you.
And now, because Vampire Weekend also makes me giddy, your song of the day:
In case you were unaware, the heat wave that has hit the Midwest and South this year is practically based in and around Tulsa and my hometown of Fort Smith, AR. The other day it was 114 degrees in Fort Smith – hotter than anywhere else in the entire country on that day. Luckily for me, I was spending that record-high day in the beautiful, high-of-78 Rocky Mountains in Colorado. My dad and I went to raft, fish, ride horses and shoot guns. What a trip! On the day we drove back, we woke to 45 degrees at 7 am in Colorado and ended with 97 degrees at 11 pm in Fort Smith. Crazy… So now I’m spending a couple of days here in Arkansas catching up with friends before heading on another long roadtrip to Destin with the “in-laws.” The heat shouldn’t be so bad if there’s a beach to go along with it.
Apart from my trips, summer went really well for me. As I’ve mentioned, I got the opportunity to work for the Williams Companies, a Fortune 500 energy company based right here in Tulsa. What a valuable experience. I spent the summer doing economic research, analysis, and consultation with Williams’ lead economist. Not only was I able to do challenging and relevant work, but I met a boatload of awesome people, many of whom are very influential within the community and industry. And to boot, I got a window office on the 46th floor. I didn’t calculate the total time I spent staring out the window, but I’ll suffice to say it was more than a couple minutes. AND I got paid well to do it – not too common in the world of college internships.
School starts in a couple of weeks. I’m excited to get back, see everyone, and hit the ground running this semester. I’ll be taking a decently full class load – Finance, Management, Microeconomics, Spanish Linguistics, and Professional Writing. What I’m REALLY excited about is my schedule – first class at 1 on MWF and at 2 on TTH. Finally, I’m going to get a sufficient amount of sleep! Granted I don’t stay up until 4 every night, that is…
That’s about it for now – gotta go buy some new sunglasses for the beach. My old ones are somewhere beneath the rapids of the Colorado River.