Summer Days Quickly Approaching!

BellIt is not uncommon for me to screenshot picturesque photos of the TU campus from the @utulsa Instagram account and share them as my own. My followers back home in Missouri deserve to be jealous, and TU’s campus on a clear, sunny spring day is pretty difficult to compete with. The blue and yellow flowers pop with color against the crisp bright sky, and everything just seems perfect. It is not uncommon to see students hanging up hammocks across campus to take full advantage of the beautiful weather. One of my personal favorite spots to study is the library stairs at sunset. As I gaze across Chapman Commons and look towards downtown under a swirl of pinks, yellows, and oranges, there is nowhere that I’d rather be. TU just feels right; it is my home.

And yet, in about one month, I will be headed back to Missouri to spend the summer. While I am sad to be leaving TU for a few months, I am also excited for what the summer holds for me. The first week back will be full of watching baseball, sleeping, baking, sleeping, reading, and more sleeping. I am thoroughly looking forward to it. By the second week, though, I will already be bored. Thankfully, that’s when my internship with Burns and McDonnell, an engineering firm in Kansas City, starts! This summer will be my first internship experience, and while I’m looking forward to it, I am very nervous. However, my older friends have assured me that TU adequately prepares us, and they have all thoroughly enjoyed their own internships.

I’m also looking forward to the short trips I have planned throughout the summer. As president of my sorority, I get to attend our national convention in Orlando, Fla., this June. I am impatiently looking forward to spending a week with girls across the country that I share a special connection with based on the values we all uphold. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event filled with ritual experiences, leadership seminars, inspiring speakers, and new friendships. Plus, I get to go to Disney World, which is the icing on the cake!

Additionally, I will be attending two weddings this summer! For someone who hasn’t been to a wedding since she was 8-years-old and only lives vicariously through Pinterest, this is super exciting for me. College has brought me close to a variety of wonderful people I call friends, and I am looking forward to watching them take this next big step in their lives. It also gives me an excuse to visit Tulsa and St. Louis over the summer.

It’s exciting to hear about all of the fun things people have planned for their summers. I have lots of friends getting excited to study abroad, many looking forward to summer concerts, and several with exciting vacations planned. With everyone off on their own fun adventures, the campus will still be beautiful, but it will be missing an important part. It truly is the students who make my campus shine so bright. My absolute favorite thing about TU is the fact that I cannot walk to class without smiling to at least one person that I know. My summer will be lots of fun, but I already have August 13th circled on my calendar to move back home to TU.  I’m excited to see all the new faces on campus, and I hope you’ll be joining me then, too!

Leap of Faith: Religion at TU

02-24-14 kyle radtke-112When I came to college, I heard a statistic that over half of college students will lose their religious beliefs during their time on campus and wont return to those beliefs.  Some of you may be rolling your eyes and scratching your heads.  Believe me, as a senior in high school, I probably would have been doing the exact same thing.  However,religion is a factor that some students use to make their college decision.

By faith, I am Catholic.  I was one of the students who did fall away, but I was exposed to religious groups on campus that helped me restore that lost faith. TU has about 20 campus ministry groups on campus. I won’t be mentioning all of them in this blog, but I do want to highlight the organizations I have been involved with while at TU.

One religious group that has an active presence on campus is Reformed University Fellowship, or RUF.  This group meets every Tuesday night at 7:30pm in the auditorium in Tyrell Hall for an hour of praise and worship. RUF offers numerous small group sessions to build relationships via studying the bible and praying together.  I have attended group sessions with some of my friends and have come away pretty impressed with the number of students who attend consistently.  With a wide number of social events and various service opportunities, RUF is a vibrant community. Continue reading

Leaders Incorporated

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This week’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Tendai D., a junior Biology major with a Pre-Med emphasis. Tendai is from Edmond, Okla.

I remember the summer before my freshman year at TU. I was terrified and excited to finally start college. I didn’t know about all of the opportunities that TU had to offer its students, but then I received a brochure in the mail about LINC. LINC stands for Leaders Incorporated. It is a student organization that is part of the Multicultural Student Programs group. It pairs an older student (a mentor) with a younger student (a mentee) who is part of a minority student group. This sounded perfect!

Tendai 1As a mentee, I was able to transition easier into The University of Tulsa community. Starting college off was a lot easier when I had someone I could go to for any questions or concerns that I had. My mentor was not only there to answer my questions, but she also helped me get involved around campus, connected me with the minority and multicultural sides of campus, and  introduced me to the city of Tulsa as a whole. She became someone I could call when I just wanted to have a bit of fun, and LINC provided for some awesome events. There was a retreat that brought mentors and mentees together, volunteer opportunities and even an evening spent at Tulsa’s premier indoor trampoline park—Skyzone! Continue reading