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.



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.


Continue reading

Brittany’s Top 10 Sophomore Learnings


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.

Continue reading