Not Just Another First Day

LaurenToday’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.

Today Is The Day

IMG_5549Today’s post is from Brittany J., a junior mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

I have been looking forward to today for about three months. Today, I will walk into my sorority house and be bombarded with several squeals, multiple hugs, and contagious smiles all around. Today is the day that I get to go eat at my favorite restaurant on this planet. Today is the day I get to run to QuikTrip for ice cream at any given moment without being judged. Today is the day that I get to reunite with my best friends. Today is the day that I come home to TU.

There are a lot of different aspects to campus life that I am looking forward to. On campus, I feel like I have a purpose. I am a student, a leader, and a friend. These roles motivate me to grow as an individual; on campus, I have a strong sense of self. I know who I am, what I want to do, and the support that I will have as I try to reach those goals. To know these things is liberating, and it gives me confidence to perform these roles well. However, I can assure you that I did not feel that way two years ago as I walked on to TU’s campus as a student for the first time. Continue reading