Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Once in a lifetime ToriigateToday’s post was written by Jordan Hoyt, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

I often joke that my life is like a Dr. Seuss book. but this is truer now than I’ve admitted before.

Three years ago, on my first day of college, I heard the yearly rendition at matriculation (the opposite of graduation) of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” It seemed casual enough for the past few years, but this August it will carry a special weight when I hear the performance for the last time as a student. Because since then, I have traveled the world through study abroad and summer internships, and I have experienced opportunities that have changed my life and made me the person I am today.

I traveled to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto the summer after my freshman year. TU provided the tools necessary to go to the nanoworld through the NanoJapan program. And for fun, I climbed Mount Fuji and the visited the beaches of Okinawa!

New York City  was next, the summer following my sophomore year. Being a bookworm, the big apple proved an adventure thanks to Rutger’s Green Energy Research Experience (GETUP).

This past summer, The Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the wind turbines of The National Wind Technology Center of NREL proved friendly.

Oh, the places I went. But more importantly, where do I go from here? Grad school applications to wind technology programs from California to The Netherlands sit on my computer desktop. And I’m incredibly excited, not only for the possibility to apply, but because I think I actually have a chance at being accepted because of everything TU has given to me.

But EVEN more importantly: Oh, the places YOU will go. The world is knocking, and TU can be your open door!

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Advice for the Class of 2019

Before heading off to college, you will get a lot of advice from family members, friends, social media and about a million websites. Everyone wants to help prepare you for college life and being away from home. 

Maria Devoto, a sophomore Chemical Engineering major from Easton, Conn., weighs in as she has one year of the “TU Life” under her belt. Here is her advice for the incoming Class of 2019!

Maria 11.  Get off campus when you can! TU has a beautiful campus and there are always dozens of things going on. It can be easy to spend all your time there. However, I seriously recommend spending some time off campus, at least once every week or two. The city of Tulsa has so much to offer, so even if you’re just heading down the road to 918 for a coffee, make the trip. And be sure to check out the Tulsa State Fair! I’ll never forget the rodeo I saw there.

2.  Try something new. This may be the most repeated advice ever, but that’s because it couldn’t be any more important. In high school, I participated in the same sports and clubs as my friends, mostly because they were involved or because it was something I’d been doing since I was five years old. At TU, no club or sport or organization is better than the next, and when in doubt, if something sounds even just mildly interesting, join it. Even if you don’t stick with it all four years, you’ll meet new people and learn new things about yourself. Continue reading

From The Classroom To “Real Life”

Brittany JamesToday’s blog is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

If you asked me what my major was last semester, I would have told you, “I’m a mechanical engineering student who doesn’t want to be an engineer.” Well, that got me a few crazy looks and was always followed up with the question: “Then why on earth are you an engineering student?” Easy. I enjoy my engineering classes more than any others I’ve taken, and I welcome the challenge they bring. In reality, I didn’t know what an engineer actually did. So when I decided to take an internship this summer, it was with the motivation to prove to myself engineering is in fact NOT what I want to do for the rest of my life. That plan has since backfired on me. Thankfully, this is the best backfire I’ve ever experienced. I have actually identified the career that I one day hope to pursue, and I have realized how I can apply my studies to my future. Continue reading