When I think of summer, I think of sunshine, friends, and some great music. Tulsa has been able to provide just that over the last couple of months! There are a ton of really cool venues around downtown Tulsa, and in June I was able to go to the Vanguard for the first time. Semi-Precious Weapons was playing and it was a low-dough show which meant the first 100 tickets let in two people for the price of one. SPW opened for Panic! At The Disco at TU’s Springfest event this past April.
What I loved most about the Vanguard was that it is a really intimate setting. On its website they describe the venue perfectly, “The word Vanguard means to be in front on the edge and that’s what you’ll find here. Bands, DJ’s and everything in between that are at the forefront of today’s music scene. Artists that are on their way up and great independent artists that like playing intimate venues. This is the place you can catch the next big thing, before they’re so big you can’t get a seat within 200 yards.” Continue reading
This summer I have the opportunity to work on campus giving tours and working in the TU Office of Admission. As rising juniors, a significant number of my friends decided to stay in Tulsa to complete internships, summer classes, and to take the summer as an opportunity to try to make it on their own. I am living on campus in an apartment and so far it has been a fun adjustment. The past two years I have lived in a residence hall, and next year I will continue working in the residence hall with the first-year residents. I am super excited for this! However, by living in an apartment over the summer, knowing I will be moving back into the residence hall in a few months, has been a fine balance between getting what I need to function over the summer and making sure I can still fit all of the things I do get back into my room next year. An on-going joke between my friends and I is that I am a squatter in the apartment for the summer. My room is pretty empty with just an air mattress set out on the floor. Even my alarm clock and my lamp just sit conveniently on the floor next to my bed. Continue reading
As many of you might already know, Fisher South is the all-freshman residence hall at TU. I have the great pleasure of working and living there. Seriously… it’s the best place on campus!
I’m convinced that some of the coolest people on campus work in the building, although I may be a little biased. But, what is even cooler than the staff are the programs which are put on for the building. Since the hall is all about the freshmen, Fisher is responsible for the First Year Residential Experience or as it is commonly referred, FYRE (pronounced FIRE). These programs are typically geared towards giving the freshmen an opportunity to get off campus, get to know Tulsa, or get them plugged in with different things around TU.
Recently Fisher South went to the Oklahoma Aquarium as a FYRE program. It was the first time I had been to the aquarium here in Tulsa, and it was a lot of fun! One of my favorite animals to watch were the jellyfish, even though I am actually really scared of them.
There was also this really cool exhibit where you could crawl in a little door and then stand up in this little cubbyhole and look at the fish from inside the tank. It was suppose to be meant for kids but we crawled in there anyway
There is also a shark tunnel that created perfect picture backdrops. You just get to watch as sharks swim all around you.
I was really sad when we had to go but, the trip was a lot of fun, and rumor has it that another FYRE trip will be a day at the Tulsa Zoo! Until next time!