My Life as a Student Teacher

08 27 2014 student activity fair EC226Today’s blog post comes to us from Mercedes V., a senior Education major from Surprise, Ariz.

Somehow, I find myself in the last semester of my undergrad career.  I wish that I could tell you where all the time went, but whether I am ready to leave The University of Tulsa or not, as I write this, graduation is just 88 short days away.  This semester has been different than any other semester because I am student teaching full time.  I am currently at Kendall Whittier Elementary school in a second grade classroom.  I absolutely love it!  Kendall Whittier is right across the street from TU’s campus, I’ve even walked there in the morning instead of taking my car.  My typical day looks something like this:

6:15 am: Wake up time! Honestly, I’m still not used to this.

7:15-7:20 am: I arrive at school.  Like I mentioned earlier, I have a very easy commute because it is right across from campus.  I walked to school last week and had to get up earlier than I wanted, but I had a great view!

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7:40 am: We meet all of the students in the gym for their Rise and Shine in the morning assembly where we have announcements, say the Pledge of Allegiance and recite the school’s mission statement or creed.

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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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