Due to my brothers and sisters in Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity), I’ve highly associated volunteering with one of the most fun experiences you can do in college. Some of my best memories in college have been playing with puppies while volunteering at the ASPCA and scaring kids (politely of course) at the annual HallowZOOeen festival. But it’s also one of the most important things you can do in college.
I firmly believe that TU has a club or organization suited for every student on this campus. If you want to be a part of something, it is so easy to join a group that fits you. Each year during the first week of school TU hosts an activities fair so students can check out the different clubs and organizations and decide which ones they want to join. And each year I find more groups that pique my interest. Even as a senior, I signed up to get information from three more organizations that I thought sounded like fun and that I had no idea existed until then.
With that being said, if there is something you feel this campus is missing, do not fear! It is pretty easy to start your own organization on campus. I would know. My freshman year I was one of six founding members of a non-panhellenic sorority on campus. (Non-panhellenic just means that our national council is different than the national council of the traditional sororities on campus).
Flash back to this time three years ago. You would have found a small group of girls meeting once a week in the basement of Lottie Jane Mabee Hall. When everyone showed up there were eleven of us, and we had no idea what we were doing. But we did know we wanted to bring a Christian sorority to TU’s campus.
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.