What Comes Next?

SarahToday’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Sarah H., a senior Communications major from Norman, Okla.

As great as it would be to stay in college forever, I know life after TU is approaching quickly. I graduate in May and that is both wonderful and terrifying. It’s similar to how I felt as a senior in high school, but bigger.

I get to decide what comes next and thankfully my time at The University of Tulsa has led me to this point. I’m more independent, confident, open minded and adventurous now than ever before. So where will I move after graduation? Washington, D.C. – and I cannot wait!

I have been all consumed by the job hunt this semester and am excited to announce I accepted a communication position at a boutique law firm in Alexandria, Va., last week. I will learn about the aviation industry (something completely new to me) and how to best represent associations in our nation’s capital, all while providing public relations services to clients. And the coolest part? One of the firm’s attorneys is a TU alum and a member of my sorority. Gotta love connections like those!

I also know I will sell my car, move to D.C. in late May or early June and live in either a furnished room or in an apartment with soon-to-be-determined roommates. My post-grad plan is really coming together!

The University of Tulsa set me up for success and that is incredibly encouraging. I get to begin a new adventure soon because of my college experience. So on that note…Go TU!

Why I Wanted To Be A University Ambassador

Brittany JamesWhen I started college, I didn’t know a lot. I wasn’t sure what my major would be. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to sign up for Greek recruitment. And I wasn’t exactly sure how to do my own laundry. But I did know one thing: I knew that I wanted to be a University Ambassador (UA). As a prospective student touring TU, my UA tour guides made a strong impression on me. To be honest, they’re the reason I’m a student here today.

I chose TU for three reasons: 1) the strong academics; 2) the Division I team sports; and 3) the people I met while touring. A multitude of schools met my first two points, but TU was the only university where I actually made a connection, and that is because of the people I met here. They were excited that I was on campus. They had a lot of passion for their university, and they were involved leaders and students on campus.  As a high school senior, I was impressed by them. In reality, I was awed. I wanted to be like them one day. I wanted to go to out-of-state football games. I wanted to become a student leader. I wanted to study abroad in France, and I wanted to eat dinner with my professors. Even more than that, I wanted to create my own fun memories in addition to the ones they had to tell. So, when the University Ambassador applications came out, you can sure bet that I applied.

I’m now in my fourth semester at TU, and I am terrified that I am almost halfway finished. I still have as much passion for my university as I did the first time I stepped on campus, and I love being able to share that passion with prospective students. That’s why I’m a UA. Each week I have the opportunity to share how wonderful my TU is and hope that others will see it too. I know how stressful the college decision-making process can be, and I want to be able to make that easier on high school seniors. I want them to know that I understand what they’re going through and I want them to be able to find a home here at TU…just like I have. Continue reading

Q&A With…Megan W.

Megan WhiteToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Megan W., a senior Speech Pathology major from Tulsa, Okla.

What are your plans following graduation?

I knew when I declared my major in speech-language pathology that I’d have to get a master’s degree to become a licensed therapist. I finished up all of my grad school applications at the end of January, so now I’m waiting to hear back from all those schools. Thankfully, I’ve already been accepted to my first choice school… TU! If everything falls into place, I’d love to rent a house near campus with some of my speech path friends also entering the master’s program here and start my next chapter at TU in the fall.  Fingers crossed!

In five words, describe your TU experience?

Verging on cheesy, but I’d have to say that TU has been “everything I wanted and more!” Before I came to TU, people kept telling me how great of a school it was. The truth of that has been proven over and over for me. It seems like I’ve just stumbled into so many great opportunities here, but I know that these didn’t just happen by chance. TU’s whole goal is to prepare its students for life after graduation. From forming great relationships with my professors, being encouraged to volunteer in the community, getting involved in Greek life, studying abroad, and even presenting a poster at the national speech-language pathology conference, I feel confident that TU’s training has given me the tools I need for success. I LOVE this school, and I tell everyone who asks me about it! Oops, that was a lot more than 5 words :)

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite tradition is our Alma Mater. The best part of my day is hearing it play from Sharp Chapel’s bell tower every evening at 5 o’clock.  I also love that the student section sings it with our teams after every home sporting event. One of my favorite football memories was staying through all four rainy quarters of a big game this past fall. The rest of the stands had cleared out long before, but there was still a group of us students ready to sing along with the band, spirit squad, and football team. Now it makes me happy each time I hear that song!

What is your favorite student organization on campus?

I actually have two: the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and the TU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The BCM is a great place for fellowship and to meet new people. And they also offer a free lunch every Monday afternoon for anyone on campus. The leader, Brandon Brister, is such an awesome guy. He can make anyone feel welcome! TUSSLHA is basically the speech pathology club on campus.Our organization puts on an annual conference here at TU called Route 66. Speech therapists from around the state are always really excited about it. Two of our officers, Erin Alexander and Lauren Stanley, have planned a great conference this year!

What drew you to being a Speech-Language Pathology major, and how has TU prepared you for life after college in these fields?

In high school, I knew that my future job would have to involve helping others, and my two favorite subjects were English and science. As I was looking at colleges and trying to figure out a potential major, I kept thinking of how to combine those interests. My mom suggested researching speech therapy, and as soon as I visited the department here, I was hooked. I love the flexibility of the field and the impact I’ll be able to have on my clients. Now I tell everyone to look into speech pathology as a major! I decided to minor in biology to keep me more involved in science. Because of that, I was also able to participate in a study abroad field course focusing on dolphin communication in the Bahamas. I added a Deaf Education minor after learning more about deaf culture through the ASL classes I took. That opened doors for me to study abroad again, this time learning Italian Sign Language in Siena, Italy.