Secret To My Success

image1Here’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.

IMG_2510My 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.

 

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.