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.
- 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.
- 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.
WHAT IS TURN?
The TU Rider Network (TURN) connects students, faculty and staff with the Tulsa community through cycling to promote a healthier, more environmentally friendly world. TURN was established in 2015 and works with many campus partners including Campus Security, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Student Affairs, Collins Fitness Center, the TU Student Association and others to provide:
- Facilities and mentoring for bike commuters
- Education for TU students, faculty and staff in safe cycling, bike maintenance and theft prevention
- Sponsorship of the student cycling and triathlon team
- Programming to promote the benefits of cycling and demonstrate that cycling is easy, safe and fun
- Expertise in planning for and evaluating cycling-related activities and infrastructure at TU and the surrounding community
The TU campus is ideal for cycling with wide streets, low speed traffic and an extensive network of shared-use pathways. All members of the campus community are encouraged to ride their bikes to campus or check out one of TU’s free yellow bikes from the Hurricane Bike Shop.
YELLOW BIKE PROGRAM
TU’s trademark yellow bicycles are loaned to students, faculty and staff free of charge for a semester and may be ridden on or off campus. To check out a bike, riders must complete an application with the Hurricane Bike Shop. All Yellow Bike Program participants receive a free helmet and lock.
HURRICANE BIKE SHOP
Located next door to TU’s Office of Campus Security in LaFortune Hall, the Hurricane Bike Shop is open Monday through Friday, 1 – 6 p.m. Yellow bike riders can air up tires and request minor repairs. The bike shop staff will also train riders to maintain their personal bikes.
For more information, you may contact the Hurricane Bike Shop at
918-631-3398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 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.
We 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.
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!