Q&A With…Jacob Waters

Jacob WatersToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Jacob Waters, a sophomore Petroleum Engineering major from Oklahoma City, Okla.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Definitely out on Dietler Commons (the Old U). If it’s a nice day out, that’s where I’ll be. Most likely in my hammock either studying or watching Netflix. Or I might be playing frisbee on the grass with my friends. It’s also the best place to watch the sunset in Tulsa.

In five words, describe your experience at TU?

Exciting, defining, memories, unique and home

Why was TU the perfect choice for you?

From the first moment I stepped foot on campus, I knew I was home. The beauty of the campus is like no other school I had ever visited. The friends and memories I have made here are ones that I know I’ll have for life. And, all the faculty members are amazing. They all truly love teaching and want each and every one of their students to succeed.

How did you decide on your petroleum engineering major?

Since I was in the 5th grade I knew I wanted to go to The University of Tulsa and I wanted to be a petroleum engineer. Why is that? It runs in the blood, I guess. Both my father and brother attended and graduated from Tulsa with degrees in petroleum engineering so I thought I would give it a shot.

What advice do you have for high school students who are deciding on which college to attend?

Go with the school where you know you can make a difference,  and then call it your home. Don’t just settle for a school. I knew TU was the place for me, and I have never once regretted my decision.

My Major: Education

As an elementary education major, there are required methods courses that we typically take during junior year.  These courses explore methods, hence the name, that are most effective when teaching elementary students.  I am in my last methods courses now which cover literacy assessments, writing and language development, mathematics, and science.  Last semester, I took a reading methods class as well as social studies.

photo 1One of the main goals of the methods course is to prepare us before we go into our full semester of student teaching.  For the past two semesters I have spent at least four hours a week in an elementary classroom.  So far, I have observed in a third grade class, a collaborative first and second grade class, and now I am currently in a kindergarten class.

photo 5I have been very fortunate to have wonderful field experiences each semester with teachers ready to pour all of their knowledge into me.  Not only do I get to observe classrooms and teaching methods, but I also get to teach lessons myself.  This helps to prepare us before we go into a full semester of student teaching.  Getting to spend a day implementing what we learn in our classes, with real students, is not only beneficial to our learning, but it gives us all something to look forward to each week.

MercedesIn addition to going into classrooms, I also get the chance to tutor a student one-on-one each week for our Literacy Assessment class.  This gives us more opportunities to practice writing lesson plans and to assess a student’s reading level.  Even better, it gives us a chance to spend more time with incredibly cute kids.

 

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