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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From Tulsa To Teaching Abroad

Today’s blog comes to us from Claire Pottebaum, a guest writer for Globe Trekking, the TU Center for Global Education newsletter.

11188073_10155481521205384_902364814_oOf the many students that come through the Center for Global Education to study abroad, a committed few have decided to seek work opportunities abroad after graduation. John Mason, Tessa Hill, Trey Johnston, and Elise Bonine had one goal in mind when they decided to live internationally and teach English. Each one set out with a different goal and destination in mind: Mason went to Yuanzhou in the Guangdong province in southern China where he teaches students from all age groups at a private English institute; Hill currently teaches middle and high school students in Ban Hua Hin, Thailand through a program called Greenheart Travel; Johnston is a Fulbright  English Teaching Assistant the Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal ; and Bonine is in Sapporo, Japan where she teaches high school through the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) program. Each study abroad alumnus described their present opportunities as a wonderful time for personal and professional development. Most importantly, however, they desire to make a difference in the lives of their students.
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My Independence Bowl Experience

09-03-14 University Ambassadors-109Haley Anderson is a junior Communications and Psychology major from Sand Springs, OK.

For two and a half years I’ve listened to all of the upperclassmen recall the 2012 Liberty Bowl Game in Memphis as their favorite TU memory. And for two and a half years I’ve wanted nothing more than to experience a bowl game for myself.

This past Christmas break, my dream finally came true when TU made it to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. When we found out where the bowl would be and how inexpensive the student package was, my friends immediately set plans in motion to make our way to Louisiana.

IMG_3213On Christmas Day, I met a group of friends on campus in the late afternoon, and we spent the remainder of our Christmas together on a 5-hour road trip to Shreveport. It was a very unconventional Christmas to say the least, but a memory that I will never forget. Once we made it to Shreveport and the bowl game festivities began, I quickly realize how special this experience would be. A huge group of TU students came out to support our team, and we packed the Tulsa side with blue and gold. It was a close game, and even though

IMG_3212Once we made it to Shreveport and the bowl game festivities began, I quickly realized how special this experience would be. A huge group of TU students came out to support our team, and we packed the Tulsa side with blue and gold. It was a close game, and even though the Golden Hurricane did not pull out a win, it was the best TU football game I’ve ever been to. The time spent with my friends, the pride in cheering on our team, and the memories we made that will last far beyond my college years made my bowl game experience absolutely incredible. I can now confirm that a bowl game experience does, in fact, have the makings of a perfect TU memory!

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