TUL to STL: Spring Break 2015

IMG_1093For 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.

IMG_1074We 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.

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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!

 

Tips for Successful Finals…And Fun!

10552423_10152383026656020_3494684897341883686_nWithout a doubt, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year! With the beautiful blue Christmas lights that decorate Chapman Commons, the holiday concerts and the free hot chocolate and candy canes every other day, there’s nothing better than the holidays at TU. Not even finals can dampen the spirit…as long as you approach finals correctly. Finals are always meant to help YOU. If you’ve done well in the class so far, then you’ve already done half of your studying. If you need to do better, then your final is a saving grace.

The first step? Don’t dread your finals. True, you’re not going to be excited about taking a test, but the fact of the matter is you have to take it eventually. Thus, you might as well have a good attitude about it. The more you talk about how much you don’t like finals, the better you become at subconsciously finding ways to procrastinate. And let’s face it, nobody needs help procrastinating MORE. It’s important to admit to the reality that is finals week, but the key is to not become consumed by it. Continue reading

Life as a Student-Athlete at TU

Julie 3Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Julie K., a senior Speech Pathology major from St. Louis, Mo.

My name is Julie, and I live the crazy, yet awesome life of a student-athlete here at The University of Tulsa. TU has made it possible for me to get a great education while playing the sport that I love: softball.  I’m not going to lie, being a student-athlete gets super busy at times. In addition to class and homework, I have practice and workouts to go to nearly every day.  Sometimes, I even have to miss class so I can travel to tournaments.  As a freshman, this scared me because I thought my grades would suffer for missing lectures and class discussions.  But I quickly learned that the professors at TU are very understanding of athletics. They are always eager to work with athletes one-on-one to make sure they understand everything that they missed.  I’ve even seen many professors at our games supporting us!  The faculty of TU is extremely supportive of TU athletics and its student-athletes.

Now I going to brag about my awesome team a little bit. Last season, we finished with a record of 53-9 and broke tons of team and individual records. We set the single season record for batting average (.325), hits (553), and RBI (333).  Two of my teammates received All-American honors.  We were even ranked 15th in the country at one point!  It was by far the best season we’ve ever had. Continue reading