The College Student’s Guide To Eating In Tulsa

Brittany JamesToday’s post is from Brittany J., a junior mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

NOTE: The following blog post will make you hungry

Wherever you go in life, you must be able to find the three fundamental Fs: Family, Friends, and Food. At The University of Tulsa, I’ve found my family in my sorority sisters, my friends through the various activities the university has to offer, and, of course, I have found a wide variety of food options. From free food on campus to delicious desserts and weekly traditions, there is always something delicious to eat around the city.

The week begins with Sunday, so that’s where we’ll start. The perfect Sunday place to be is The Brook. The Brook is the perfect place to go with your family before they leave after their weekend visit. The home-style food is sure to fill you up and ensure you have leftovers for the next day. My sisters and I love delving into a pile of their delicious homemade fries covered in cheese and all things delicious. Another fan favorite is the mac and cheese that can also be ordered as a side item accompanying many dinner plates.

Some people would say the best kind of food is free food. If that’s you, then TU is the place to be. With all of the different activities and clubs on campus, you can probably find free food for 90% of your meals throughout the week. Most Monday nights you can participate in $5 dinners and all of the proceeds go to charity. You get delicious, cheap food and get to feel good about yourself. Definitely a win-win situation.

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Before I Ring the Bell

08 27 2014 student activity fair EC226Today’s blog is from Mercedes Vega, a senior Education major from Surprise, Ariz.

As the new school year began, I had to finally accept reality and acknowledge that this is my senior year at The University of Tulsa.  I really wish I could tell you where all the time has gone between my first day as a freshman and my last first day of college, but it is a mystery. I have loved every moment at TU, and when I say that, I’m sure some may roll their eyes and think, “Here is yet another girl that says she loves her school, and she probably likes it just fine, but does she really love it?”  The answer to that is, YES, I LOVE my school.

TU became my home the moment I arrived on campus.  I have my favorite spots that will always be familiar, regardless of how much things change in my life or around the school. The steps of McFarlin Library are one of those spots. I find the steps to be the best place to read for class, watch the sunset, catch up with friends, and dream about the future.  In fact, after I got out of class on the first day this year, I marched right up those steps and started reading. I got to watch people walk by on their way to and from their first few classes of the semester. And I savored the moment.

There were many times during freshman year that my suite mates and I would do homework on the steps.  So much has changed in four years and yet the steps are my constant happy place.

There were many times during freshman year that my suite mates and I would do homework on the steps. So much has changed in four years and yet the steps are my constant happy place.

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Brittany’s Top 10 Sophomore Learnings

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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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