Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Scott L., a sophomore Energy Management and Finance major from Chicago, Ill. Scott is also minoring in Geology and Economics.
My name is Scott Lewis, and I am originally from Chicago, Ill. Currently I’m a sophomore studying Energy Management and Finance with minors in Geology and Economics – and yes… I will graduate in four years.
When I was a senior in high school, I never would have imagined accomplishing as much as I have in just two years at TU. Working with the Energy Management program and taking advantage of all the opportunities given, I was able to interview for nine internships last summer. I decided to accept an offer with Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City where I worked as a Land Admin intern. After working with Chesapeake for three months, I was given a return offer in the land department for this upcoming summer. It is so comforting knowing I already have an internship for the summer. It allows me to spend more time focused on my academics and to have some fun! Continue reading
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.
One 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.
I 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.
In 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.
When 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 won’t 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