Alumni Chat: Britney Grayson

Britney GraysonToday’s blog post is from Britney Grayson, a 2004 TU graduate who is currently training at Vanderbilt University in the general surgery program.

I will finish my third of five years of general surgery residency this summer. Vanderbilt is one of the top 15 general surgery training programs in the country. I am so stinking blessed to train here. I am currently deciding between additional training in transplant or possibly pursuing a career in mission-based international surgery. As part of my fourth year of residency, I’ll be in Kenya this October working with their surgeons and learning about delivering surgical care in resource-poor environments. I still hope to incorporate research in whatever field I choose. So basically no clue where the next steps will lead me- I’m just enjoying the ride :)

In considering college choices, I was attracted to The University of Tulsa for the specific opportunities it provided to undergraduates and now, many years later, I can tell you that it did not disappoint! As a freshman, I worked in a biological sciences lab- a strategic ploy to make myself an attractive medical school applicant. As a sophomore, I worked with my professor/mentor to create a research project that blended his interests with mine and I worked on the project, with the assistance of a laboratory technician, for the remainder of my college career. To have that much input in project design was quite frankly much more than I had earned. In fact, I can’t imagine giving a 19-year-old that same opportunity if I had my own lab right now. THAT is what is so special about TU. Based on these experiences, I pursued a Ph.D degree in addition to the M.D. and have committed to keeping research a part of my future. Continue reading

Innovation & Imagination = TEDx at TU

IMG_5118Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa is from Katie Snyder, a junior Communications major from Des Moines, Iowa.

The thing I love about the University of Tulsa is that I, as a student, have the power to have an impact on my campus. Last semester I decided that I wanted to bring a TEDx event to campus. I saw a need for this program, because there are so many brilliant students and professors at TU working on projects and ideas that could change the world. But these ideas needed the right platform to be shared.

IMG_5150TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, seeks to spread powerful new ideas through concise, interdisciplinary talks. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. This event was aimed at sparking deep discussion and connection around the theme “Innomagine”—the intersection of innovation and imagination.

I teamed up with my friend Hannah, who had a similar interest in the TEDx program, and we spent the year planning and organizing the first ever TEDxUniversityofTulsa. We started by sending out a notice to campus, asking students and faculty to nominate their friends or professors that have ideas worth sharing. We interviewed all of these nominees and selected eleven speakers. These speakers gave talks on a wide range of topics – from advocacy, to disability, to outer space. They shared original research and provided brand new perspectives on old questions. We also chose student performers: two spoken-word artists and a bluegrass group. One of the best parts of being an organizer is getting to help these talented individuals share their message and inspire others. Continue reading

As TU Days Come To An End…

IMG_3668To all prospective students,

There is one date on my calendar circled in bright yellow highlighter.  May 9th, 2015: The culmination of four long, busy, yet rewarding, college years.  My immediate thought as I’m writing this?

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!  THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!!!

All right, so maybe I’m freaking out a little…or a lot…more like pretty much yes all the time. But considering this may be one of the last blog posts from me, I’m going to schmooze a bit and express what all has been going on in my life over the past month.

Honestly, I’m a little torn as to what I’m feeling as I move closer towards my commencement.  I’m excited that my family from various parts of the country will be coming to Tulsa to celebrate my accomplishments.  I’m stressed because of final projects that I must complete before I can graduate.  I’m thankful for all of the friends, professors, staff, and administration that I have come into contact with and who pushed me to be the best individual possible.  I’m ready to begin the next step in my life with full-time employment.  As I mentioned earlier, though, it’s hard to really put one emotion above the other. Continue reading