Q&A With…Megan W.

Megan WhiteToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Megan W., a senior Speech Pathology major from Tulsa, Okla.

What are your plans following graduation?

I knew when I declared my major in speech-language pathology that I’d have to get a master’s degree to become a licensed therapist. I finished up all of my grad school applications at the end of January, so now I’m waiting to hear back from all those schools. Thankfully, I’ve already been accepted to my first choice school… TU! If everything falls into place, I’d love to rent a house near campus with some of my speech path friends also entering the master’s program here and start my next chapter at TU in the fall.  Fingers crossed!

In five words, describe your TU experience?

Verging on cheesy, but I’d have to say that TU has been “everything I wanted and more!” Before I came to TU, people kept telling me how great of a school it was. The truth of that has been proven over and over for me. It seems like I’ve just stumbled into so many great opportunities here, but I know that these didn’t just happen by chance. TU’s whole goal is to prepare its students for life after graduation. From forming great relationships with my professors, being encouraged to volunteer in the community, getting involved in Greek life, studying abroad, and even presenting a poster at the national speech-language pathology conference, I feel confident that TU’s training has given me the tools I need for success. I LOVE this school, and I tell everyone who asks me about it! Oops, that was a lot more than 5 words :)

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite tradition is our Alma Mater. The best part of my day is hearing it play from Sharp Chapel’s bell tower every evening at 5 o’clock.  I also love that the student section sings it with our teams after every home sporting event. One of my favorite football memories was staying through all four rainy quarters of a big game this past fall. The rest of the stands had cleared out long before, but there was still a group of us students ready to sing along with the band, spirit squad, and football team. Now it makes me happy each time I hear that song!

What is your favorite student organization on campus?

I actually have two: the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and the TU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The BCM is a great place for fellowship and to meet new people. And they also offer a free lunch every Monday afternoon for anyone on campus. The leader, Brandon Brister, is such an awesome guy. He can make anyone feel welcome! TUSSLHA is basically the speech pathology club on campus.Our organization puts on an annual conference here at TU called Route 66. Speech therapists from around the state are always really excited about it. Two of our officers, Erin Alexander and Lauren Stanley, have planned a great conference this year!

What drew you to being a Speech-Language Pathology major, and how has TU prepared you for life after college in these fields?

In high school, I knew that my future job would have to involve helping others, and my two favorite subjects were English and science. As I was looking at colleges and trying to figure out a potential major, I kept thinking of how to combine those interests. My mom suggested researching speech therapy, and as soon as I visited the department here, I was hooked. I love the flexibility of the field and the impact I’ll be able to have on my clients. Now I tell everyone to look into speech pathology as a major! I decided to minor in biology to keep me more involved in science. Because of that, I was also able to participate in a study abroad field course focusing on dolphin communication in the Bahamas. I added a Deaf Education minor after learning more about deaf culture through the ASL classes I took. That opened doors for me to study abroad again, this time learning Italian Sign Language in Siena, Italy.

Community Service at TU

MeghanaToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Meghana R., a biology/pre-med major from Tulsa, Okla.

Hello everyone!

It’s the week before Spring Break and I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown by this year!  It’s both exhilarating and completely nerve-wracking to think that at this time next year, I’ll be a senior on the verge of graduation!  Sometimes when the idea of ‘the future’ starts to creep into my mind (like right now when I’m trying to study for the MCAT in May!  Eeek!), I like to look back on all the amazing TU experiences I’ve had so far.  There are so many people and events that are responsible for these memories; one organization that has contributed a great deal to these memories is Alpha Phi Omega. Continue reading

Community Service

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One of the things I have always wished I could take a part in is Habitat for Humanity.  I never had the time required to be an active member of the Habitat group on campus, but I had the great opportunity this month to spend a Saturday morning working on a build.  I am not a morning person, to say the least, but we all got up bright and early and headed to the build site.  This was the sixth Saturday that they worked at this site and all of the girls that were there manned up to do some heavy lifting.  We drilled these orange “huggies” to the roof so that when people put up the singles they have something to support them if they were to start slipping.  We also nailed beams to the roof and metal hurricane brackets to each beam connecting the roof to the wall.  It was actually really fun and my favorite part was getting to use a nail gun!

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Even if building houses isn’t your thing and you still want participate in some sort of community service, TU makes it so easy! It is never hard to find a project to plug into; the only hard part is choosing which projects you can commit to with out over committing yourself!