First Fridays In Tulsa: Taking A Break From Studies

IMG_3077Today’s video blog comes to us from Haley A., a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

This past weekend one of my best friends and I escaped the stress of finals at a First Friday event in downtown Tulsa.

On the first Friday of each month, the Brady District hosts an art crawl that is open to the public to give exposure to local artists. There were plenty of food trucks lining the streets, so we grabbed a quick dinner before exploring the galleries.

One of the first stops on our art tour was a glass blowing shop. They offered a free demonstration, so we had the chance to watch them in action. After that, we went to the downtown location of the Philbrook Museum of Art. One of my favorite aspects of this gallery was the interactive experience they offered. At select pieces of art, there were long strands of ribbon in various colors. Guests had the opportunity to choose the color of ribbon that best represented their understanding of the artwork. At the end of the tour, we tied all of our ribbons together and then hung them on a structure in the lobby.

The Zarrow Center for Art and Education was also a fantastic gallery. They offered free hot chocolate and appetizers, and there was a live band playing. This center has a partnership with The University of Tulsa’s School of Art, so it was nice to see TU connections in the Tulsa community.

Exploring events downtown is a great way to escape campus for a little while. There are a number of fun activities in the Tulsa area, and I can’t wait to discover more!

20 Reasons Tulsa Is Actually A Happenin’ City

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From The Huffington Post:

Don’t believe what’s said about cities in fly-over states. Tulsa, Oklahoma has got it goin’ on.

With its vibrant food culture, ever-growing art scene and rich history, the oil capitol is bursting at the seams. This makes it the perfect place to visit for a quick vacay, food crawl or shopping spree. Plus, the people couldn’t be nicer, which puts the cherry on top of this up-and-coming destination.

Click here to check out 20 reasons to head to the spirited city nestled in the northeast corner of Oklahoma.

5 Things To Know When Considering TU

Katy 2Today’s blog post comes to us from Katy Riojas. a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Kansas City, Mo.

So if you are a prospective TU student, what do you need to know?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at TU and have learned so much in the last few years – some things I wish I would have known upon (or before) arrival. In typical engineering style, I have listed below what I consider five key points I think you should know before arriving on campus.

So many opportunities

As with anything in life, college is what you make it, and TU is no exception. The number and diversity of clubs, events, teams, and general activities for you to get involved with is incredible. In my last three years at TU, I have had the opportunity to be involved with the TU Women’s Soccer Team, Make a Difference Engineering, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, STEM-UP, The Little Light House, and much, much more. If you are motivated and have an interest, you can bet other people will help you make it happen. I have been able to perform undergraduate research as a freshman, play soccer throughout Europe, give a TEDx talk, obtain one internship in Pittsburgh, PA, and another in Tulsa- all through TU and the opportunities the university provides. TU sets you up for success and ensures you will succeed.

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