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

Learning Through Real Life Experience

IMG_5118Today’s blog post is from Katie S., a junior Communication major from Des Moines, Iowa.

The best classes are those in which you get to work on real projects and see your ideas executed. In the Communication department, I get a lot of opportunities to do just that.

My favorite course I’ve taken at TU is the National Student Advertising Competition class. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) hosts this national competition for college chapters across the nation each year so that students can learn the industry by actually developing a full advertising campaign for a national client. This client provides every school with a case study, providing a basic outline of the industry they are in, as well as the history of the product and past marketing campaigns. This case study also introduces the problem that the client wants us to try and solve.

IMG_7845We conduct extensive research on our client, their industry, and their competitors. We come up with a concept or big idea, centered around our specific target market, and designers on our team make the vision a reality with creative executions. We create a “plans book” for the client to outline all that we have learned and created. We also write and memorize a 15-minute presentation.

The best part of the class is traveling to the district competition. Last year, our client was Pizza Hut. In April, we drove down to Dallas, Texas, to compete against all of the other schools in our region. AAF judges and a Pizza Hut representative watched our presentation and hosted a question and answer session with us. Our team came up with a Spin & Win concept for every time you order Pizza Hut online or through the mobile app. The judges loved this idea, and we were awarded Best Promotion.  We got to spend the rest of the night celebrating and enjoying Dallas before traveling home with our trophy and feedback from the judges.

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Reflections From My Study Abroad Program At TU

8Today’s blog post comes to us from Callie Burrows, a senior Sociology major and Women’s and Gender Studies minor from Tulsa, Okla.

In 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in New York City, Chile, Jordan, and Nepal—all in the course of just 16 weeks. My program was one of six IHP/Comparative programs that SIT Study Abroad offers—Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy. Rather than attending an international university or simply studying in one country, we were, quite literally, globe trotters and, if you’ll forgive the cheesy cliché I am about to type—the world was our classroom; we learned through experience. Even in sitting down to write a basic summary of my study abroad experiences I am overwhelmed—how can I possibly condense 16 weeks, four countries, and such a vast wealth of knowledge into a few paragraphs? While I could quite literally talk for days, I will attempt to keep it as short and sweet as Jordanians’ beloved sugary milk-tea, but bear with me—

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