A Chemical Engineer’s Monday

TU Community
 We asked Chemical Engineering major Marcus what a typical day in his life looks life. Here is what he had to say about ChemE and life as a TU student

9:00am- Wake up to the sunlight coming in my window. Make breakfast, plan out my day, and then check my email.

10:00am- Mass Transfer: A difficult ChemE class that involves creating distillation columns. We have fun with the FUGK method. (Fenske-Underwood-Gilliwood-Kirkbride, and yes the class giggled about the unfortunate acronym for a while)

11:00am- Done with class, head to the Chemical Engineering Lab to work on Wednesday’s homework. I have to use HYSYS, which is a finicky program. It takes what would take hours or days by hand and completes it in less than a second, but it takes as much care as a newborn child or it won’t work at all.

Noon- Lunchtime meeting! I get to eat Papa John’s and cake while planning out the week’s University Ambassador activities with friends.

1:00pm- Time to take a break! I watch an episode of Doctor Who while surfing the web and thinking about what I can do on spring break.

2:00pm- To the Collins Fitness Center. I run/lumber for 3.5 miles before I walk a cool-down lap and stretch out. There’s always plenty of room since the fitness center was built for a campus of 10,000, and TU has around 4,000 students.

Then I shower and dress up for…

4:30pm- Board the buses for the Student Advisory Committee for TURC and Presidential Scholars dinner at the Gilcrease Museum. Delicious food and a great networking opportunity in a beautiful building

8:00pm- Return to the apartment, finish up an extra credit assignment for one of my five classes on Tuesday. Plan out what tomorrow entails, then do the day’s dishes before heading to bed.

Chat City


Casey Reed
Today I participated in an online chat as a part of an online college fair. One student had some particularly fun questions, so I thought I would share our conversation with you in case you have some of the same ones. I changed her name to STUDENT, though. You have to protect the innocent and all that good stuff. This was our chat conversation:

STUDENT : Hello! 
REP – Casey Reed : Hi, STUDENT!
REP – Casey Reed : Do you have any questions about TU?
STUDENT : Yes. I would like to start off with what is truly important in a college. Is the campus pretty?
REP – Casey Reed : Ha! Yes! It is gorgeous. Very collegiate. Green grass. Flowers. Brick buildings. Fountains.
STUDENT : How about ivy?
REP – Casey Reed : Yes, we have that too. Although not as much as some areas of the country.
STUDENT : Darn! To be completely honest, I’ve already gotten answers to all of my legitimate questions. Now I just want to know the weird things. Like do the students prefer to wear school spirit wear, sweatpants, or dress up? 
REP – Casey Reed : It’s pretty casual. Spirit wear is big around here.
STUDENT : Does the spirit hold true for sports too? Do students get really hopped about games? 
REP – Casey Reed : Yes. You get in free to any event on campus, including sporting events, so students roll out for all sports (not just football and basketball). There is face painting, sign making, cheering, all the usual good stuff. School spirit is HUGE at TU.
STUDENT : Fantastic! If you could describe the student body in two words, what would those words be? (Besides outgoing, engaging, and all those other overused hot button words)
REP- Casey Reed : curious, confident
STUDENT : Awesome! What’s your favorite part of TU?
REP – Casey Reed : My favorite part of The University of Tulsa is watching students grow from teenagers into leaders. High school is such a different world than real life. As an adult who works on a college campus, it is fascinating to watch students transform into who they are meant to be and exciting to see them try to change the world. It is so much fun! And I like the fountains in front of Collins Hall. They are big and fun to play in.
STUDENT : Ha! Thanks! I have to go now, but I may be back later if I come up with more questions.
REP – Casey Reed : Great! It was nice chatting with you. Good questions.

You only have one college decision (unless you go to grad school). So, if you have questions, be sure to ask them! We want you to make the right choice, based on the information that is important to you.

-Casey Reed


Looking Back, Looking Forward

Here is a guest blog post from Maribel O., a senior Energy Management Major from Arkansas….

When I first decided to be a guest blogger for the TU Admission Blog, I thought it would take me a couple of minutes to write something funny, insightful, and inspiring.  Yet, this brought to mind so many of the memories that I have experienced at TU. Both good and bad.  And it surprised me how quick my journey at TU has been.  Allow me to share my story with you…

As a small-town girl from Huntsville, Arkansas, I wanted to get out of Arkansas. And fast. I traveled to colleges in Missouri, Oklahoma, and California in search of the perfect one.  I wanted to retain the small-town feel that I had grown up in, but not sacrifice the thrill of football games and Greek life.  I found the perfect mix at TU. This sounds super cheesy, but I knew I wanted to be a Hurricane the moment I set foot on campus.  I even made a life-long friend out of my tour guide at Tulsa Time.  (Shout out to Sara M)!  The professor whose class I sat in for Tulsa Time ended up being one of my favorite professors and I proceeded to take two of his classes (Dr. Settle WILL make you learn economics).  My admission counselor was beyond awesome and the entire staff or counselors, advisers, and professors eased the transition from high school to college.

First semester I joined a sorority and I am proud to call some of the most incredible, talented, and caring women on campus my sisters.  But some of my closest friends are non-Greek and I love that TU has the type of environment where affiliation does not impede friendships, but rather fortifies them.  Campus has so much diversity; I have friends from Indonesia, Scotland, China, Venzuela, Uzbekistan, Ireland, Germany, Nigeria, and India.  It is incredible how much you can learn from your friends!  Who knew Kazakhstanian women love telenovelas as much as I do!

Finally seniors!! My best friends and me on bid day 

With friends after brunch with alumni

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