Today’s post is from Brittany J., a junior mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
I have been looking forward to today for about three months. Today, I will walk into my sorority house and be bombarded with several squeals, multiple hugs, and contagious smiles all around. Today is the day that I get to go eat at my favorite restaurant on this planet. Today is the day I get to run to QuikTrip for ice cream at any given moment without being judged. Today is the day that I get to reunite with my best friends. Today is the day that I come home to TU.
There are a lot of different aspects to campus life that I am looking forward to. On campus, I feel like I have a purpose. I am a student, a leader, and a friend. These roles motivate me to grow as an individual; on campus, I have a strong sense of self. I know who I am, what I want to do, and the support that I will have as I try to reach those goals. To know these things is liberating, and it gives me confidence to perform these roles well. However, I can assure you that I did not feel that way two years ago as I walked on to TU’s campus as a student for the first time. Continue reading
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!
1. 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
Brittany J. is a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
As my sophomore year comes to a close, I AM TERRIFIED. I am terrified that I am now classified as an upperclassman, a junior, half way to the adult world, and half way done with college. Initially, I don’t think I’m ready for any of that. But I don’t want to indicate that my sophomore year was a waste when in reality, it was full of many important life lessons that will guide me throughout the rest of my college years and into the adult world. Here are the Top 10 tidbits that I learned the hard way. So take note of them now, and you’ll be way ahead of the game.
- Year Number TWO is brand NEW: Sophomore year is NOT the same as freshman year, and that’s okay (because it’s better). You’re living in a new place, you’re taking classes more specific to your major, and you’re supposed to know what’s going on (key words: supposed to). It’s important to realize that with all of these new adjustments you’ll get to know a variety of new people and you may make new friends. You need to embrace this change and not try to replicate all the memories you have from your freshman year. As soon as you do this, you’ll begin having even better experiences because you aren’t trying to copy the old ones.
- Socks with flip-flops is not an acceptable fashion statement: It may not be fashionable, but it is my personal favorite. However, I have a good set of friends that have my best interests at heart. Because of this, they ended up stealing three pairs of my flip-flops and hiding them throughout the year to prevent me from further embarrassing them and myself. More importantly, they help me dress for interviews, proof-read my résumés, and prepare me for the professional world. It may not be here yet, but it’s important to preview the job fairs and research colloquiums so that when junior and senior year rolls around you’re already familiar and comfortable in those professional environments. By the time you will be looking for a job, you’ll be an old pro.