Q&A…With Bryce C.

Bryce CasonToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with Bryce C., a senior Energy Management & Finance major from  Coppell, Texas.

What are your plans following graduation? How did they come about?

After graduation, I will begin working for an oil and gas company in Midland, Texas.  I interviewed with 14 different companies last fall for a summer internship.  The University’s Career Services brings the companies to our campus for interviews, so I never had to leave campus to meet with recruiters.  After my internship was over this past August, the company offered me a full-time job starting in June.  Our Energy Management Program does a great job of getting these companies to come back each year to offer our students internships, and Career Services keeps us updated on when to submit your resume, signing up for an interview slot, and preparing for the interview.

If you had to pick a favorite class throughout your time at TU, what would it be and what made it special to you?

My favorite class while at TU has been Practical Issues in Energy Management.  The class only met once a week, but each week we had someone new speaking to us.  Our Program Director would bring in the best person in the industry to speak on whatever topic would be covered that week.  For example, to talk about Gulf of Mexico Operations, the Manager of Deepwater Operations for Chevron flew up from Houston to speak to us.  We had the best of the best presenting for our class each week, and it was great to meet those people and hear how the topics are relevant in their careers.  I think it was memorable for me because it wasn’t your typical lecture class and the topics were all interesting.

In five words, how would you describe your time at TU?

Unforgettable, challenging, crazy-fast (1 word), exciting, and engaging.

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite TU tradition is the ringing of the bell.  Once a senior finishes his or her last exam of the senior year, they walk over to Bayless Plaza and ring this big bell.  As finals are going on, you’ll randomly hear the bell being rung and you know that some senior is finished with college.  Then the day of graduation, everyone goes and gets their picture taken with their families in front of the bell.  I’ll be ringing that bell May 7th!

What will you miss most about TU?

I think I’ll miss the community atmosphere at TU.  TU is a place where I’ve grown comfortable and made some life-long friends, so it will be hard to say goodbye to that.  I’ll miss being able to grab some friends and walk to a basketball game, go to dinner, or head to any other campus event.

Majors and Energy Management

One of the hardest parts about going to college is figuring out what you want your major to be aka what you want to do for the rest of your life.  Some of my friends still haven’t decided.  Honestly I just think it has to be something that you like.  As they say, “Find a job you love and you will never have to work another day in your life.” I love my major, but it is very demanding. Maybe not quite as much as some of the science majors, but then again science was never my thing.  Still, there are so many cool things about being an Energy Management major, such as the fact that I get to go on field trips to rigs!  We got to wear these really dorky but fun lab coat things and hard hats.

One of the most interesting things about my major is reading The Prize- an 800+ page book that we are reading this semester.  It is probably the most interesting “textbook” I have read thus far.  I really enjoy being in Ted Jacob’s class, but it is definitely the hardest one I have had since starting here.  One great thing about my major is that there are so many different things that you can do with it. You can work in the field or in the office.  I am really excited about it. Here are some of the pictures I took the day our class went to the rig.

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Summer

What a summer it has been back in Houston. The heat has been unbearable at times, but overall it has been a jam packed fun filled summer back home. Although summer is normally every students favorite time of the year, this first summer back after my freshmen year has not been what I expected. After three days home, I already missed my Tulsa family and the routine I had established. I went back to my old job as a server that I had during high school, and started a second job in retail at LOFT. Both are great jobs, but I longed to be back in an office setting. I think the business school is in my blood now, because everywhere I went this summer I made sure to network.
I loved being home with my mom, brother, dog, and best friends, but the relationships I created at TU I know will be life long and if this summer is a taste of what post graduation will feel like, I definitely want to stay at TU for life…kidding…but seriously :) One thing I enjoyed was hanging out and seeing my friends from TU back here in Houston. Many Energy management students have jobs here in Houston and were fun to hang out with on weekends. The University really promotes all students regardless of age to create relationships, which is why as a sophomore, I was able to meet up with graduates and seniors for dinners or just to watch tv.
This fall is going to be jam packed full of grand events, and I am most looking forward to TAILGATING for the FOOTBALL SEASON 2011!!!!! Don’t miss out on a game, if you are ever in Tulsa make sure to see if it is on a date we have a football game, you will not regret taking the time to watch one and to get a sincere feel of the community that we have at the University. Also I would not be shocked at all if some of our Golden Hurricane players ended up in the draft, we’ve got talent for sure! Can’t wait to keep everyone updated on what is to come and what is new at the University this year.