My Center Of The Universe Experience

IMG_2089Today’s post comes to us from  Haley Anderson, a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

Did you know that the Center of the Universe can be found right here in the heart of Tulsa? Okay… so maybe it isn’t the exact center of the universe, but it’s a cool architectural phenomenon in downtown Tulsa. If you stand in the center circle of the structure and talk, the sound of your voice is echoed back much louder than its actual volume, however the change in volume is only recognized by the person standing in the “center of the universe.” Weird, huh?

This unique Tulsa landmark has given birth to one of Tulsa’s most popular music events of the year, the Center of the Universe Summer Music Festival. The festival takes place during the last weekend of July, and people from all over the region gather to take part in it. The streets of downtown Tulsa are flooded with food trucks, artists, vendors, and over 100 bands.

IMG_2091Many students from The University of Tulsa attend the festival every year. I went this year with a few of my close friends, but we saw tons of other TU students everywhere we turned. Our favorite part of this year’s festival was the American Authors concert on Friday night. It was my first time to see them in concert, and the band put on a really great show. Panic! At the Disco performed right after American Authors. Quite a few of us had seen them in concert at TU during our Springfest Week two years ago. Even though we had already seen them, we had just as much fun listening to them play a second time.

If you missed out on the Center of the Universe festival this year, definitely mark it on your calendar for next summer!  In the meantime, Tulsa has a lot of other great music venues to check out. Cain’s Ballroom, the Vanguard, Brady Theatre, and the BOK Center are just a few of the many concert halls located in Tulsa. There is a vibrant music scene in the City of Tulsa, and tons of artists come through every year to our great venues.

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Advice for the Class of 2019

Before heading off to college, you will get a lot of advice from family members, friends, social media and about a million websites. Everyone wants to help prepare you for college life and being away from home. 

Maria Devoto, a sophomore Chemical Engineering major from Easton, Conn., weighs in as she has one year of the “TU Life” under her belt. Here is her advice for the incoming Class of 2019!

Maria 11.  Get off campus when you can! TU has a beautiful campus and there are always dozens of things going on. It can be easy to spend all your time there. However, I seriously recommend spending some time off campus, at least once every week or two. The city of Tulsa has so much to offer, so even if you’re just heading down the road to 918 for a coffee, make the trip. And be sure to check out the Tulsa State Fair! I’ll never forget the rodeo I saw there.

2.  Try something new. This may be the most repeated advice ever, but that’s because it couldn’t be any more important. In high school, I participated in the same sports and clubs as my friends, mostly because they were involved or because it was something I’d been doing since I was five years old. At TU, no club or sport or organization is better than the next, and when in doubt, if something sounds even just mildly interesting, join it. Even if you don’t stick with it all four years, you’ll meet new people and learn new things about yourself. Continue reading

Real Friends Go The Extra Mile…Or 30!

Caleb-Lareau-for-web-300x199Today’s post comes to us from Caleb Lareau, a 2015 TU graduate with degrees in biochemistry and mathematics. Caleb will be attending Harvard University to pursue a doctorate in biostatistics.

After graduating from The University of Tulsa in May of 2015, I couldn’t help but tear up a bit. The places, the memories, the fun… My four years of college was truly unforgettable. But what was engrained in my mind the most were the relationships with some of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever met.

Before coming to TU, I had no drive or ambition to compete in athletic contests. However, after spending time with some friends, a group of us decided to try our hand in a variety of distance races—marathons, triathlons, and the like. What’s amazing about the Tulsa student body is the collection of awesome individuals who find ways to push you to become a better you. My friends pushing me to become an endurance athlete opened my mind to a new “me.” So when I set out to try the hardest race of my life this past June—a 100-mile ultramarathon—I had to blame my friends for my “crazy” decision.

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