Today’s blog post is from Katie Snyder, a junior Communications major from Des Moines, Iowa.
Throughout the past year, our campus has been under construction. I’m not complaining because while this created some noise and some dust, mostly it created anticipation. TU’s campus was buzzing with possibilities. As students, we understood that we were part of something special. The originators. The generation of students that would remember both where TU had been and where it was going.
Witnessing growth is a pretty spectacular thing.
The campus you’ll see when you come for Tulsa Time, or a tour, or moving in for your freshman year, is much different than the campus I first stepped foot on four years ago. Buildings have sprung up, dining options have been added, new colleges and programs have been created, clubs have been chartered. Change is happening all over campus. And we, as students, get to take on this growth as both a challenge and an exciting opportunity.
Spring semester is my favorite semester; the weather is getting warmer, summer break is approaching, and campus is a fluster of activity. I live in the all-freshman hall, Fisher South, and the programs that this building is responsible for in the spring are some of the most enjoyable. The Fisher South Hall government has kept busy all year and this week it hosted the second annual Fisher South Awards.
Fisher South hall government 2014-2015.
The Fisher South Awards is a night to be a little sentimental and reflect back on the year as a whole. A ballot sent out to the entire building with over 40 awards for which residents could nominate their friends, or sometimes themselves. These awards include categories such as “Best Bromance,” “Best Dancer,” “Best Couple that Never Was,” “Most likely to Start a Fire,” and “Biggest Gamer.” With so many categories, there was an abundance of nominations. A final ballot was created so students could vote on their favorites. Within two days, half of the building residents had sent in their votes. Everyone was talking about it!
The lobby of Fisher South was transformed into a venue fit for a prestigious awards show…red carpet and all.
It is the last full week of classes at TU, and that also means crunch time before we get to leave for winter break. In between studying for finals, there are a lot of celebrations to enjoy and look forward to. This past week, two resident assistants in Fisher South put on a program to deck the halls. With the help of residents, the whole hall turned into a holiday explosion. The first floor is the Christmas floor complete with three different Christmas trees.
On the second floor, the holiday is Hanukkah.
The third floor is decorated for Kwanzaa, but the decorations were covered by a multitude of students busy with their studies. The wall is covered with paper candles and banners in black, red, and green.
On each floor there are little notes that have facts about each holiday. So not only is it spirited, but we all get to learn a little about different cultural celebrations.
Fisher South also got to celebrate having 99% of the building complete the second round of MapWorks. This is a survey that helps staff get to know how they can better help the residents and how they are doing throughout the semester. This time, the reward was a chocolate party and it was the perfect way to take a break from studying.