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

My TU Family

LeonardoToday’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Leonardo Landivar, a sophomore Petroleum Engineering major from Bolivia.

Deciding to come to the University of Tulsa was the best decision I ever made. I would say this University is the right one for me. My high school in Bolivia was very small, so I knew a small university would fit me more perfectly, and that is what TU did. Small classes result in a great learning environment and a great teacher-student relationship. Teachers are always willing to help you if needed, and they will try their best to make you a successful person. Relationships like these are not possible at larger universities because the classes are so big that the teacher won’t even know your name. But that is not the case at TU.

Another factor that I really enjoy about the University of Tulsa is the school spirit felt here on campus. Feeling identified with the University is one of the best feelings one can have. Everybody cares so much for each other that it actually makes you feel like home. There are days when I totally forget I am 5,000 miles away from Bolivia due to the nice environment TU provides for its students.

In addition to this, being part of Greek life really helped me get to know a lot of new people. These guys, that started out as strangers, become your friends and end up becoming your brothers.

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The TU community is so diverse. I recently realized I have friends from all over the world. Luckily, language is not a barrier of communication since we all have English as a common language. This allows us to share different students and ideas about our culture and also understand the way people from different places of the world think.

Coming to The University of Tulsa has been a great opportunity for me. I can’t wait for the next semester to start and to meet new people while learning for our future. I believe The University of Tulsa is providing me with the right tools to be a successful person and to help my community.

First Fridays In Tulsa: Taking A Break From Studies

IMG_3077Today’s video blog comes to us from Haley A., a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

This past weekend one of my best friends and I escaped the stress of finals at a First Friday event in downtown Tulsa.

On the first Friday of each month, the Brady District hosts an art crawl that is open to the public to give exposure to local artists. There were plenty of food trucks lining the streets, so we grabbed a quick dinner before exploring the galleries.

One of the first stops on our art tour was a glass blowing shop. They offered a free demonstration, so we had the chance to watch them in action. After that, we went to the downtown location of the Philbrook Museum of Art. One of my favorite aspects of this gallery was the interactive experience they offered. At select pieces of art, there were long strands of ribbon in various colors. Guests had the opportunity to choose the color of ribbon that best represented their understanding of the artwork. At the end of the tour, we tied all of our ribbons together and then hung them on a structure in the lobby.

The Zarrow Center for Art and Education was also a fantastic gallery. They offered free hot chocolate and appetizers, and there was a live band playing. This center has a partnership with The University of Tulsa’s School of Art, so it was nice to see TU connections in the Tulsa community.

Exploring events downtown is a great way to escape campus for a little while. There are a number of fun activities in the Tulsa area, and I can’t wait to discover more!