Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Kristina M., a junior Sociology major from Tulsa, OK.
I fostered the desire to go abroad from the very moment I knew how easy it was at The University of Tulsa. Before even starting school at TU, I went on my tour of the campus and was given some statistics on how many students go abroad, proving how easy it was. Next was the decision of where I wanted to go to and when I wanted to plan this adventure. Location was easy. I read a book entirely set in Ireland and it was no contest that I wanted to see the same beautiful scenery described in the books I read, in person. Timing was something that took more forethought. I decided on going my sophomore year to leave open the possibility of me going again later in my college career. With that all decided, funding was the next question, leading me to an information session on the Gilman Scholarship, a nationally competitive scholarship that is based both off of need and merit. That info session changed the still tentative plans that I had made so far.
The Gilman Scholarship encourages travel to non-traditional places, meaning places that students don’t often go to, and does that by awarding more scholarships to these places statistically speaking. That wasn’t the entire reason that I changed my location, but it made me start to consider other locations that weren’t in Europe. I chose Uganda after narrowing down my options. I started looking at programs in Africa because, as a sociology major, I wanted to go to a poor country and the Uganda: Post Conflict Transformation through SIT best fit my interest. Continue reading
Here’s a picture of me (far right) with the Governor of Oklahoma! I just won 1st place in a poster competition at the capitol with my TU friend (mid right) winning the overall competition. On the surface, it appears my college career has been full of success. And I have had my fair share. However, if there is one piece of insight I could offer high school students who are entering college soon, it’s that for every success of mine that ends up on TU’s Facebook account or in the newspaper, there are at least three other times I have failed.
Just this week: I was lackluster in an interview for a chair position for a club I liked and didn’t earn the position. I lost an election to be treasurer of University Ambassadors after making a speech in front of 100 people. I even lost my apartment keys.
My rate of success is only 25%, but luckily there are a tremendous amount of opportunities at TU. Professors have connections to industry internships and National Science Foundation grants. There are chances to study abroad. There are club presidencies and Student Association positions where you get to organize school-wide festivals for events like Homecoming and Spring Fest!
I’ve interviewed and applied for and been rejected for nearly all of these things. However, the secret to success isn’t to be successful at everything, but to at least try for all the opportunities you desire so that even if you only succeed 25% of the time, you’re overwhelmed with all of your success! It is this attitude that has garnered me internships in Japan, NYC, and Colorado, presidencies and vice-presidencies of clubs, and even poster competition prizes at the capitol with the governor.
Tuesdays With Tulsa – This article was published in the Tulsa World on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Andrea Myers, a TU alum and a force behind the founding of Tulsa Young Professionals is referenced in the article!
Forever young: Tulsa’s Young Professionals (TYPros) celebrates its 10th year
Ten years ago, Andrea Myers often would marvel at what a great job she had for a person only 26 years old.
Myers was a public relations professional at Schnake Turnbo Frank. As such, she regularly met with Tulsa’s highest-level executives and elected officials, and often was working on projects that helped the city grow and prosper.
“This gave me a voice at the table,” she said. “But there were a lot of other people my age who weren’t able to get the kind of access to the city’s leaders I had or get their opinions heard.”
So when the Tulsa Regional Chamber asked Myers for help in setting up a group for young professionals, she jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading