Due to my brothers and sisters in Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity), I’ve highly associated volunteering with one of the most fun experiences you can do in college. Some of my best memories in college have been playing with puppies while volunteering at the ASPCA and scaring kids (politely of course) at the annual HallowZOOeen festival. But it’s also one of the most important things you can do in college.
When I was looking at engineering programs across the country, nearly all of them stood out for incredible research and cool projects. But something made TU special, and because of that, I have never regretted my decision to come here. What makes TU engineering special is its heart.
Just peek into Stephenson or Keplinger Halls on a Friday afternoon and you’ll see the students of SENEA- Sustainable Engineering, MADE- Make a Difference Engineering, and EWB- Engineers Without Borders spending their free time working on projects that matter for people. Because of their hard work, TU engineering students have affected people in need from Mongolian farms, to The Little Lighthouse down the road here in Tulsa, to the mountains of Bolivia.
Did you know the Miss Oklahoma Pageant is held annually in Tulsa, Okla.? Even better, did you know that the Miss America Organization is one of the world’s leading scholarship providers for young women? This summer I had the honor of being a contestant in the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant. When I started my journey as a freshman at TU last fall, I was crowned Miss Green Country 2015 and was given the chance to represent the Tulsa area. This was my first local title within the Miss America system, and I could not wait to spend the year serving my community and meeting new people. Even more so, I was ecstatic to compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in June 2015.
People ask me all the time “Don’t pageant girls just dress up and wave at people?” Although this is technically a part of the role as a titleholder, it is a very small part of a job that is actually about serving others and being a good role model. Contrary to what a lot of people think, the Miss Oklahoma competition places a huge emphasis on scholarship and setting goals. In fact, the Miss America Organization provides a scholarship to titleholders at national, state, and local levels of competition. A titleholder also must support a personal platform during her year of service. A platform is a cause that a contestant chooses to promote because it is dear to her heart. The job of Miss Oklahoma is not about just about glamour; it is about encouraging others and raising awareness for worthy causes.