My Life as a Student Teacher

08 27 2014 student activity fair EC226Today’s blog post comes to us from Mercedes V., a senior Education major from Surprise, Ariz.

Somehow, I find myself in the last semester of my undergrad career.  I wish that I could tell you where all the time went, but whether I am ready to leave The University of Tulsa or not, as I write this, graduation is just 88 short days away.  This semester has been different than any other semester because I am student teaching full time.  I am currently at Kendall Whittier Elementary school in a second grade classroom.  I absolutely love it!  Kendall Whittier is right across the street from TU’s campus, I’ve even walked there in the morning instead of taking my car.  My typical day looks something like this:

6:15 am: Wake up time! Honestly, I’m still not used to this.

7:15-7:20 am: I arrive at school.  Like I mentioned earlier, I have a very easy commute because it is right across from campus.  I walked to school last week and had to get up earlier than I wanted, but I had a great view!

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7:40 am: We meet all of the students in the gym for their Rise and Shine in the morning assembly where we have announcements, say the Pledge of Allegiance and recite the school’s mission statement or creed.

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People Helping People Through Greek Life

bj 4Today’s blog post is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

You know what stresses me out? Calendars. They are supposed to be these wonderful organizational tools, but in reality, they just systematically categorize all of the stress inducing events that I need to attend. Yet, I suppose it’s not the calendar’s fault since it is only as crowded as I want to make it. Greek Life is the same way; it’s only as time- consuming as you chose to make it. However, I have made it a priority in my life, and while it may be stressful to see all of the events going on this month, it brings me satisfaction to know that I am taking part in something bigger than myself.

Greek Life at The University of Tulsa takes its philanthropies very seriously, and February’s event lineup is a prime example of it. Every Greek organization has a week of the year dedicated to raising money for its individual philanthropy organization. Several houses host a variety of small events in addition to a major fundraiser. These events are always open to the entire campus and encourage all students to participate and get involved. So while the Greek organizations may host the events, the university community comes together to support them.  Let’s take a look at this month’s Greek Calendar for a sneak peak of everything going on. Continue reading

Not Just A Sleepy College Town

IMG_5118Today’s blog post is from Katie S., a junior Communication major from Des Moines, Iowa.

Tulsa is not a sleepy, college town. It is a vibrant city, full of things to do and see. In my three years here, I have discovered a number of places in Tulsa that make me love the city.

Here are my top five:

 #1 – Cherry Street

When I say Cherry Street is one of my favorite spots in Tulsa, what I am really talking about is Andolini’s Pizzeria. A favorite local restaurant is one of the most important discoveries you make as a college student. Andolini’s is the best pizza I’ve ever had, though I can rarely finish it after devouring an order of garlic knots first. This is the restaurant at which my parents insist on eating each time they visit, and where I take all of my friends. Cherry Street has more than just great pizza, however. There are over 20 restaurants in the area, as well as shops and entertainment spots. Each Saturday, in the spring and summer, there is a Farmer’s Market on Cherry Street full of locally grown produce, baked goods, and art.

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