Today Is The Day

IMG_5549Today’s post is from Brittany J., a junior mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

I have been looking forward to today for about three months. Today, I will walk into my sorority house and be bombarded with several squeals, multiple hugs, and contagious smiles all around. Today is the day that I get to go eat at my favorite restaurant on this planet. Today is the day I get to run to QuikTrip for ice cream at any given moment without being judged. Today is the day that I get to reunite with my best friends. Today is the day that I come home to TU.

There are a lot of different aspects to campus life that I am looking forward to. On campus, I feel like I have a purpose. I am a student, a leader, and a friend. These roles motivate me to grow as an individual; on campus, I have a strong sense of self. I know who I am, what I want to do, and the support that I will have as I try to reach those goals. To know these things is liberating, and it gives me confidence to perform these roles well. However, I can assure you that I did not feel that way two years ago as I walked on to TU’s campus as a student for the first time. Continue reading

My Center Of The Universe Experience

IMG_2089Today’s post comes to us from  Haley Anderson, a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

Did you know that the Center of the Universe can be found right here in the heart of Tulsa? Okay… so maybe it isn’t the exact center of the universe, but it’s a cool architectural phenomenon in downtown Tulsa. If you stand in the center circle of the structure and talk, the sound of your voice is echoed back much louder than its actual volume, however the change in volume is only recognized by the person standing in the “center of the universe.” Weird, huh?

This unique Tulsa landmark has given birth to one of Tulsa’s most popular music events of the year, the Center of the Universe Summer Music Festival. The festival takes place during the last weekend of July, and people from all over the region gather to take part in it. The streets of downtown Tulsa are flooded with food trucks, artists, vendors, and over 100 bands.

IMG_2091Many students from The University of Tulsa attend the festival every year. I went this year with a few of my close friends, but we saw tons of other TU students everywhere we turned. Our favorite part of this year’s festival was the American Authors concert on Friday night. It was my first time to see them in concert, and the band put on a really great show. Panic! At the Disco performed right after American Authors. Quite a few of us had seen them in concert at TU during our Springfest Week two years ago. Even though we had already seen them, we had just as much fun listening to them play a second time.

If you missed out on the Center of the Universe festival this year, definitely mark it on your calendar for next summer!  In the meantime, Tulsa has a lot of other great music venues to check out. Cain’s Ballroom, the Vanguard, Brady Theatre, and the BOK Center are just a few of the many concert halls located in Tulsa. There is a vibrant music scene in the City of Tulsa, and tons of artists come through every year to our great venues.

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Real Friends Go The Extra Mile…Or 30!

Caleb-Lareau-for-web-300x199Today’s post comes to us from Caleb Lareau, a 2015 TU graduate with degrees in biochemistry and mathematics. Caleb will be attending Harvard University to pursue a doctorate in biostatistics.

After graduating from The University of Tulsa in May of 2015, I couldn’t help but tear up a bit. The places, the memories, the fun… My four years of college was truly unforgettable. But what was engrained in my mind the most were the relationships with some of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever met.

Before coming to TU, I had no drive or ambition to compete in athletic contests. However, after spending time with some friends, a group of us decided to try our hand in a variety of distance races—marathons, triathlons, and the like. What’s amazing about the Tulsa student body is the collection of awesome individuals who find ways to push you to become a better you. My friends pushing me to become an endurance athlete opened my mind to a new “me.” So when I set out to try the hardest race of my life this past June—a 100-mile ultramarathon—I had to blame my friends for my “crazy” decision.

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