TUL to STL: Spring Break 2015

IMG_1093For the past two years I have listened to one of my best friends go on and on about how absolutely amazing St. Louis is. As a proud Tulsa native, I have consistently argued that my town, despite its smaller size, is much better. To settle our ongoing debate, we decided to spend our Spring Break in St. Louis so I could experience her hometown in person.

As soon as classes ended on Friday, three of my good friends and I packed up a car and kicked off our Spring Break adventure. We carefully planned out our trip to make sure that we saw the best St. Louis has to offer.

The six days we spent in St. Louis were jam packed with trips to all of the major attractions.

IMG_1074We spent our first night in the beautiful Fox Theater seeing one of my favorite shows, Phantom of the Opera. On one sunny afternoon we went to the St. Louis Zoo and walked through Forest Park.

We also stopped by a lot of really interesting historical sites and museums, including the Old Courthouse where the Dred Scott decision was made. Finally, we couldn’t end our trip in St. Louis without going into the Arch. Although the ride up to the top of the arch was terrifying, the view at the end made it all worth it.

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Although there was plenty to see in the city, we also spent a good amount of time at my friend’s house watching movies and cheering on our basketball team.

TU has a very large population of students from St. Louis, and they are very expressive about how much they love their city. It was nice to get the chance to see where they are from and experience it with my best friends.

 

Although the trip to St. Louis was a fun change of scenery, I am very happy to be back home in Tulsa to finish out the semester. Let the countdown to summer begin!

 

Hillel: My home away from home

Blog 3Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes from Lilly K., a sophomore Nursing major from Dallas, Texas.

The Hillel is my home away from home. When I came to college I was afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to find a Jewish community that I loved as much as the one I had back home. A place where everyone knows your name and are glad that you showed up to services, the holiday celebration or a baby naming. As soon as I arrived at the Fall Activities Fair, I searched the rows of tables, looking for the one for the Hillel. I knew that I needed to stay connected to my faith and community in some way or another. Since the day I walked up to the table and put my name on the list, I haven’t stopped showing up.

So many people have made me feel welcome! Continue reading

First Friday Art Crawl

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Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Oriana A., a marketing and advertising major from Tulsa, Okla.

Since its founding in 1889, Tulsa has produced a rich history of art, music and culture. Nowhere is this more prominent than in the Brady Arts District, just a five minute drive from TU’s campus. Hosting historical music venues such as The Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theatre plus a slew of locally-owned bars, restaurants and galleries, there is never a dull weekend in this thriving area.

Being a Tulsa native, I have a lot of love for the Brady District. One of the activities I love most is the First Friday Art Crawl. Being in college, money can sometimes be a bit tight, and the Art Crawl is a perfect way to spend a Friday evening without breaking the bank! On the first Friday of every month, every gallery in the district opens their doors free of charge for patrons to come view work from local and regional artists. There are even vendors selling homemade jewelry and the glass blowing studio will give demonstrations on how they create some of their most intricate pieces. Continue reading