Brittany’s Top 10 Sophomore Learnings


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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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Need Help Finding a Job? Visit Caroline & Tawny

“Oh, no! I didn’t get my resume printed on time!”

“My suit didn’t get dry cleaned; now I’m going to look all messy for the recruiters.  Awesome…”

“Should I get business cards?  I’m sure they’ll remember me without them…”

Yes, I have heard these things many times in my days here as a senior in the Collins College of Business.  I don’t know what your thoughts are right now, but when I came to college, the furthest thing from my mind was looking for a job.  Sure, I was living the high life in high school working at Chipotle, but I thought, “Well, I’m going to be an International Business and Spanish major, so I’ll study abroad, do an internship, and then do so well I’ll get hired by that company and not have to worry about searching.”  Boy, was I wrong.

I once heard a really interesting quote, “Getting a job is actually a science.” You wouldn’t believe it at first.  But think about it.  Why do cities across the country have job fairs?  Why do recruiters go visit colleges?  Why do students polish their shoes, press their shirts/skirts, and why do they have professional legal pad binders holdings millions of resumes?  It’s because that is the way people impress. Continue reading

TU Graduates and Earning Potential

Casey Reed
We always get asked about job placement and earnings, and some new findings suggest that University of Tulsa graduates have the highest earning potential among Oklahoma colleges and are some of the top paid in the region, according to a new survey.

PayScale — a market leader in global online compensation data – reported that TU alumni with a bachelor’s degree earn a starting median salary of more than $49,000 and a mid-career salary in excess of $90,000.

The survey results rank TU first in Oklahoma and No. 5 among schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

“TU graduates are prepared to begin making a difference their first day on the job. Our faculty work diligently to ensure students gain real-world experience and are aware of the many opportunities available to them,” said university President Steadman Upham. “Many of our students are courted by leading companies before they even receive their degrees, and once they enter the workforce, they are well compensated.”

You can find more information about Pay Scale’s methodology at