My Independence Bowl Experience

09-03-14 University Ambassadors-109Haley Anderson is a junior Communications and Psychology major from Sand Springs, OK.

For two and a half years I’ve listened to all of the upperclassmen recall the 2012 Liberty Bowl Game in Memphis as their favorite TU memory. And for two and a half years I’ve wanted nothing more than to experience a bowl game for myself.

This past Christmas break, my dream finally came true when TU made it to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. When we found out where the bowl would be and how inexpensive the student package was, my friends immediately set plans in motion to make our way to Louisiana.

IMG_3213On Christmas Day, I met a group of friends on campus in the late afternoon, and we spent the remainder of our Christmas together on a 5-hour road trip to Shreveport. It was a very unconventional Christmas to say the least, but a memory that I will never forget. Once we made it to Shreveport and the bowl game festivities began, I quickly realize how special this experience would be. A huge group of TU students came out to support our team, and we packed the Tulsa side with blue and gold. It was a close game, and even though

IMG_3212Once we made it to Shreveport and the bowl game festivities began, I quickly realized how special this experience would be. A huge group of TU students came out to support our team, and we packed the Tulsa side with blue and gold. It was a close game, and even though the Golden Hurricane did not pull out a win, it was the best TU football game I’ve ever been to. The time spent with my friends, the pride in cheering on our team, and the memories we made that will last far beyond my college years made my bowl game experience absolutely incredible. I can now confirm that a bowl game experience does, in fact, have the makings of a perfect TU memory!

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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

Celebrating Holidays Residence Hall Style

It is the last full week of classes at TU, and that also means crunch time before we get to leave for winter break.  In between studying for finals, there are a lot of celebrations to enjoy and look forward to.  This past week, two resident assistants in Fisher South put on a program to deck the halls.  With the help of residents, the whole hall turned into a holiday explosion.  The first floor is the Christmas floor complete with three different Christmas trees.

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On the second floor, the holiday is Hanukkah.

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The third floor is decorated for Kwanzaa, but the decorations were covered by a multitude of students busy with their studies.  The wall is covered with paper candles and banners in black, red, and green.

On each floor there are little notes that have facts about each holiday. So not only is it spirited, but we all get to learn a little about different cultural celebrations.

Fisher South also got to celebrate having 99% of the building complete the second round of MapWorks. This is a survey that helps staff get to know how they can better help the residents and how they are doing throughout the semester.  This time, the reward was a chocolate party and it was the perfect way to take a break from studying.

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