People Helping People Through Greek Life

bj 4Today’s blog post is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

You know what stresses me out? Calendars. They are supposed to be these wonderful organizational tools, but in reality, they just systematically categorize all of the stress inducing events that I need to attend. Yet, I suppose it’s not the calendar’s fault since it is only as crowded as I want to make it. Greek Life is the same way; it’s only as time- consuming as you chose to make it. However, I have made it a priority in my life, and while it may be stressful to see all of the events going on this month, it brings me satisfaction to know that I am taking part in something bigger than myself.

Greek Life at The University of Tulsa takes its philanthropies very seriously, and February’s event lineup is a prime example of it. Every Greek organization has a week of the year dedicated to raising money for its individual philanthropy organization. Several houses host a variety of small events in addition to a major fundraiser. These events are always open to the entire campus and encourage all students to participate and get involved. So while the Greek organizations may host the events, the university community comes together to support them.  Let’s take a look at this month’s Greek Calendar for a sneak peak of everything going on. Continue reading

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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I Like Finals Week…SSHHH

bj 2Today’s blog post is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

If asked how many times I complained about finals this year, I would probably have to defer to Lindsey Lohan’s answer in the classic Mean Girls movie- “the limit does not exist.” With the amount of entertaining memes on Facebook and the classic tweets that describe exactly how finals make you feel, it’s hard not to laugh at your own misery. And if I don’t find the memes myself, then you can bet they are sent in one of the many GroupMe platforms my friends and I share, so we can lament about our struggles together. But in reality, I actually like finals week. Like finals week? That’s practically blasphemy, am I right? However, the sense of community, friendship, and accomplishment you get out of that one week is unique and something I do in fact value.

bj 1Like any normal college student, the more work I have to do, the better I am at finding ways to avoid it. Finals week was definitely no exception. Two of my favorite traditions I like to procrastinate with are my sorority’s formal and white elephant gift exchange. Forming alliances and plotting to steal four pounds of cookie dough from my friends was a nice change from the normal engineering calculations I had been processing over the past few weeks. However, “dancing” (if you can even call my awkward movements that) the night away is not exactly my first thought when I think of finals week. But finals week signals the semester is coming to a close, and formal is the perfect celebration to another semester in which my friends and I invested our time and hard work. It’s sometimes hard for me to remember to do, but it’s important to not let studying monopolize your life. The experiences you have in college can be just as important as the grades you make as long as you balance them correctly.  Plus, I honestly think you do better if you take the time to have some fun as opposed to digging yourself into a deep dark hole of finals week despair. Continue reading