Haley A. sat down with a fellow University Ambassador Deanne P. to talk about what TU students are up to during the fall months.
As the new school year began, I had to finally accept reality and acknowledge that this is my senior year at The University of Tulsa. I really wish I could tell you where all the time has gone between my first day as a freshman and my last first day of college, but it is a mystery. I have loved every moment at TU, and when I say that, I’m sure some may roll their eyes and think, “Here is yet another girl that says she loves her school, and she probably likes it just fine, but does she really love it?” The answer to that is, YES, I LOVE my school.
TU became my home the moment I arrived on campus. I have my favorite spots that will always be familiar, regardless of how much things change in my life or around the school. The steps of McFarlin Library are one of those spots. I find the steps to be the best place to read for class, watch the sunset, catch up with friends, and dream about the future. In fact, after I got out of class on the first day this year, I marched right up those steps and started reading. I got to watch people walk by on their way to and from their first few classes of the semester. And I savored the moment.
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