Mercedes

About Mercedes

Surprise, AZ
Elementary Education

Things To Be Thankful For At TU

IMG_0241Today’s Thanksgiving blog post comes to us from Mercedes V., a senior Education major from Surprise, Ariz.

We are quickly approaching Thanksgiving which just might be my favorite holiday.  My mom always sends me quilted decorations, most of them she’s made herself, and the newest addition to our apartment got me thinking about everything I am thankful for at TU.  So here is my list of my top five things to be thankful for as a TU student!

1.  I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made at TU.  I think the best people can be found at TU, and I am so lucky to have met some of my best friends on my first day here. Jennifer, Kerry and I lived in a suite together my freshman year. Now, I live with Jennifer and Kerry is right next door.

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More than a Resume Builder

08 27 2014 student activity fair EC226Today’s blog is from Mercedes Vega, a senior Education major from Surprise, Ariz.

I firmly believe that TU has a club or organization suited for every student on this campus.  If you want to be a part of something, it is so easy to join a group that fits you.  Each year during the first week of school TU hosts an activities fair so students can check out the different clubs and organizations and decide which ones they want to join. And each year I find more groups that pique my interest. Even as a senior, I signed up to get information from three more organizations that I thought sounded like fun and that I had no idea existed until then.

With that being said, if there is something you feel this campus is missing, do not fear!  It is pretty easy to start your own organization on campus.  I would know. My freshman year I was one of six founding members of a non-panhellenic sorority on campus.  (Non-panhellenic just means that our national council is different than the national council of the traditional sororities on campus).

Flash back to this time three years ago. You would have found a small group of girls meeting once a week in the basement of Lottie Jane Mabee Hall.  When everyone showed up there were eleven of us, and we had no idea what we were doing. But we did know we wanted to bring a Christian sorority to TU’s campus.

Our six founding members.

Our six founding members.

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Before I Ring the Bell

08 27 2014 student activity fair EC226Today’s blog is from Mercedes Vega, a senior Education major from Surprise, Ariz.

As the new school year began, I had to finally accept reality and acknowledge that this is my senior year at The University of Tulsa.  I really wish I could tell you where all the time has gone between my first day as a freshman and my last first day of college, but it is a mystery. I have loved every moment at TU, and when I say that, I’m sure some may roll their eyes and think, “Here is yet another girl that says she loves her school, and she probably likes it just fine, but does she really love it?”  The answer to that is, YES, I LOVE my school.

TU became my home the moment I arrived on campus.  I have my favorite spots that will always be familiar, regardless of how much things change in my life or around the school. The steps of McFarlin Library are one of those spots. I find the steps to be the best place to read for class, watch the sunset, catch up with friends, and dream about the future.  In fact, after I got out of class on the first day this year, I marched right up those steps and started reading. I got to watch people walk by on their way to and from their first few classes of the semester. And I savored the moment.

There were many times during freshman year that my suite mates and I would do homework on the steps.  So much has changed in four years and yet the steps are my constant happy place.

There were many times during freshman year that my suite mates and I would do homework on the steps. So much has changed in four years and yet the steps are my constant happy place.

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