Leap of Faith: Religion at TU

02-24-14 kyle radtke-112When I came to college, I heard a statistic that over half of college students will lose their religious beliefs during their time on campus and wont return to those beliefs.  Some of you may be rolling your eyes and scratching your heads.  Believe me, as a senior in high school, I probably would have been doing the exact same thing.  However,religion is a factor that some students use to make their college decision.

By faith, I am Catholic.  I was one of the students who did fall away, but I was exposed to religious groups on campus that helped me restore that lost faith. TU has about 20 campus ministry groups on campus. I won’t be mentioning all of them in this blog, but I do want to highlight the organizations I have been involved with while at TU.

One religious group that has an active presence on campus is Reformed University Fellowship, or RUF.  This group meets every Tuesday night at 7:30pm in the auditorium in Tyrell Hall for an hour of praise and worship. RUF offers numerous small group sessions to build relationships via studying the bible and praying together.  I have attended group sessions with some of my friends and have come away pretty impressed with the number of students who attend consistently.  With a wide number of social events and various service opportunities, RUF is a vibrant community. Continue reading

Leaders Incorporated

Tendai 3

This week’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Tendai D., a junior Biology major with a Pre-Med emphasis. Tendai is from Edmond, Okla.

I remember the summer before my freshman year at TU. I was terrified and excited to finally start college. I didn’t know about all of the opportunities that TU had to offer its students, but then I received a brochure in the mail about LINC. LINC stands for Leaders Incorporated. It is a student organization that is part of the Multicultural Student Programs group. It pairs an older student (a mentor) with a younger student (a mentee) who is part of a minority student group. This sounded perfect!

Tendai 1As a mentee, I was able to transition easier into The University of Tulsa community. Starting college off was a lot easier when I had someone I could go to for any questions or concerns that I had. My mentor was not only there to answer my questions, but she also helped me get involved around campus, connected me with the minority and multicultural sides of campus, and  introduced me to the city of Tulsa as a whole. She became someone I could call when I just wanted to have a bit of fun, and LINC provided for some awesome events. There was a retreat that brought mentors and mentees together, volunteer opportunities and even an evening spent at Tulsa’s premier indoor trampoline park—Skyzone! Continue reading

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!