Today’s post comes to us from Charity Barton, a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla. Charity is majoring in Communications with a minor in Spanish.
The weekend is quickly approaching and that means football season will soon begin. Last year as a freshman I really enjoyed going to the games. Sweating, shivering, and cheering on my fellow classmates was always a great way to end the week.
This week, first-year Head Coach Phillip Montgomery and the entire football staff have declared 2015 as a New Era for TU football! We’ve got great players and great coaches, but the student cheering section is an essential asset for the win. We tell freshmen who haven’t yet learned the TU traditions to follow the spirit squad. And happily, this year I am a member of the squad and will be watching the games from the sidelines as a cheerleader!
Today’s blog post comes to us from Lauren S., a 2015 TU graduate with degrees in Speech Pathology and Psychology. Lauren recently started her first year of law school at Harvard.
I’m sitting in a circular lecture hall surrounded by other new students who are all nervously opening their textbooks and reviewing their notes. I’ve certainly had a lot of first days of school (this is number eighteen to be exact), but this one is different. It’s a first day that I’ve been working toward my whole life and one that will shape my future career: this week I started at Harvard Law School.
It seems like yesterday that I was starting as a biochemistry major at The University of Tulsa. Part of the reason I chose TU was because of the excellent pre-med advising and research opportunities (spoiler alert: I didn’t graduate with a biochemistry major). It didn’t take long for me to realize that medicine wasn’t my best fit. Thus began a circuitous route through majors and classes, concentrations and advisors, culminating in liberal arts degrees. In hindsight, I wouldn’t trade my indecisiveness for anything; by allowing me to explore my options, TU gave me the opportunity to find what I’m truly passionate about – advocacy law.
Freshman year I accompanied my orientation group to the Student Association Activities Fair. One of the best ways to succeed in college is to get involved- and get involved early! TU has a student group for anything and everything you can imagine. Over my four years, I studied abroad in Italy, taught a second grader how to read, advocated for student health, mentored high school students, and played intramural flag football. And although my flag football career is over, the opportunities and interactions that I experienced at TU are what led me to law school.
So as you are beginning your journey to TU, I urge you to start with an open mind. In college, your ideas will be challenged and your interests expanded. Go out of your comfort zone and explore something new. Who knows, you just might find your future.