What Comes Next?

SarahToday’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Sarah H., a senior Communications major from Norman, Okla.

As great as it would be to stay in college forever, I know life after TU is approaching quickly. I graduate in May and that is both wonderful and terrifying. It’s similar to how I felt as a senior in high school, but bigger.

I get to decide what comes next and thankfully my time at The University of Tulsa has led me to this point. I’m more independent, confident, open minded and adventurous now than ever before. So where will I move after graduation? Washington, D.C. – and I cannot wait!

I have been all consumed by the job hunt this semester and am excited to announce I accepted a communication position at a boutique law firm in Alexandria, Va., last week. I will learn about the aviation industry (something completely new to me) and how to best represent associations in our nation’s capital, all while providing public relations services to clients. And the coolest part? One of the firm’s attorneys is a TU alum and a member of my sorority. Gotta love connections like those!

I also know I will sell my car, move to D.C. in late May or early June and live in either a furnished room or in an apartment with soon-to-be-determined roommates. My post-grad plan is really coming together!

The University of Tulsa set me up for success and that is incredibly encouraging. I get to begin a new adventure soon because of my college experience. So on that note…Go TU!

Research in Antarctica

sam_0001Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Anne Gambrel, a TU graduate from Omaha, Neb.

Anne graduated from TU in 2011 with a degree in Engineering Physics and is currently pursuing her PhD in Physics from Princeton University. Anne was part of a research team that spent time in Antarctica preparing to launch a balloon-borne telescope to study the universe.

 

Click on her photo to read her personal blog of her experience in Antarctica.

Q&A…With Bryce C.

Bryce CasonToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with Bryce C., a senior Energy Management & Finance major from  Coppell, Texas.

What are your plans following graduation? How did they come about?

After graduation, I will begin working for an oil and gas company in Midland, Texas.  I interviewed with 14 different companies last fall for a summer internship.  The University’s Career Services brings the companies to our campus for interviews, so I never had to leave campus to meet with recruiters.  After my internship was over this past August, the company offered me a full-time job starting in June.  Our Energy Management Program does a great job of getting these companies to come back each year to offer our students internships, and Career Services keeps us updated on when to submit your resume, signing up for an interview slot, and preparing for the interview.

If you had to pick a favorite class throughout your time at TU, what would it be and what made it special to you?

My favorite class while at TU has been Practical Issues in Energy Management.  The class only met once a week, but each week we had someone new speaking to us.  Our Program Director would bring in the best person in the industry to speak on whatever topic would be covered that week.  For example, to talk about Gulf of Mexico Operations, the Manager of Deepwater Operations for Chevron flew up from Houston to speak to us.  We had the best of the best presenting for our class each week, and it was great to meet those people and hear how the topics are relevant in their careers.  I think it was memorable for me because it wasn’t your typical lecture class and the topics were all interesting.

In five words, how would you describe your time at TU?

Unforgettable, challenging, crazy-fast (1 word), exciting, and engaging.

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite TU tradition is the ringing of the bell.  Once a senior finishes his or her last exam of the senior year, they walk over to Bayless Plaza and ring this big bell.  As finals are going on, you’ll randomly hear the bell being rung and you know that some senior is finished with college.  Then the day of graduation, everyone goes and gets their picture taken with their families in front of the bell.  I’ll be ringing that bell May 7th!

What will you miss most about TU?

I think I’ll miss the community atmosphere at TU.  TU is a place where I’ve grown comfortable and made some life-long friends, so it will be hard to say goodbye to that.  I’ll miss being able to grab some friends and walk to a basketball game, go to dinner, or head to any other campus event.