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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Traditions and Competitions

IMG_1675We are in the midst of Homecoming week here at TU and as a junior I have a few Homecoming traditions that I always look forward to.  Every night of Homecoming Week includes events that the whole school is invited to attend.  Organizations are able to participate in the competitive aspects of Homecoming and are judged by attendance, as well as how they place in the competitive events.  I work in Fisher South, the first-year residence hall, and our hall government competes in Homecoming each year.  The events for Homecoming this year include a Color Run, Street Painting, a Yard Board competition, a Pie-Eating Contest, and our annual Bonfire.

The theme this year is the All-American Homecoming in honor of TU moving into the American Athletic Conference for our Division I teams.  Fisher South is a very competitive building, and these events have made all of us step up our game.  My favorite event of Homecoming is Street Painting.  During Street Painting, organizations take a section of 8th Street leading up to Chapman Stadium and paint murals to show our school spirit.  We are given three hours to complete the competition and it was all hands on deck.  Our concept was “The All-American Dream” and Goldie was dreaming about a Golden Hurricane sweeping up the Bulls (our opponents for the game), Captain ‘Cane punching a bull, and our football team making the winning field goal. Continue reading