Diversity @ TU

2014-06-12 16.45.52Hi everyone!

I hope you guys are all keeping warm out there and finding the motivation to make it another week until Thanksgiving Break (if you happen to find some motivation, could I borrow some?)!  A huge arctic front blew in on Monday night and the temperature is now wavering between the upper 20s and lowers 30s (nothing says ‘I’m a go-getter!’ like staying huddled under the covers of your bed).  I’m currently in McFarlin Library sipping some hot chocolate (Mmmm!) which is definitely helping!

Today, I’d like to discuss something very near and dear to me: diversity!  I happen to be Indian-American, as in I was born and raised here in the U.S. (shout out to anyone reading this who is from my home state of New Jersey!), but under the influence of Indian culture (my parents are both immigrants from India).  My ethnic heritage is extremely important to me; therefore, it is essential that I be able to express my cultural identity, share it with others, and learn about others’ cultures. Continue reading

Making Lifetime Connections

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Orianna A., a marketing and advertising major from Tulsa, Okla.

Vail Ski TripIn my second semester of senior year at The University of Tulsa. This is the point where all my education and professional skills I have obtained over the years come together as I begin preparing for the “Real World” and search for a job. I am not scared however, I am excited. Over the years,  I have made many friends and connections through TU. And these friends and connections are now helping me in the transition from full- time student to working adult. Continue reading

Snow Day and Service Day

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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!

The view walking out of the Admissions building!

 

McFarlin Library and one of many snowmen!

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!

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!