Summer Days Quickly Approaching!

BellIt is not uncommon for me to screenshot picturesque photos of the TU campus from the @utulsa Instagram account and share them as my own. My followers back home in Missouri deserve to be jealous, and TU’s campus on a clear, sunny spring day is pretty difficult to compete with. The blue and yellow flowers pop with color against the crisp bright sky, and everything just seems perfect. It is not uncommon to see students hanging up hammocks across campus to take full advantage of the beautiful weather. One of my personal favorite spots to study is the library stairs at sunset. As I gaze across Chapman Commons and look towards downtown under a swirl of pinks, yellows, and oranges, there is nowhere that I’d rather be. TU just feels right; it is my home.

And yet, in about one month, I will be headed back to Missouri to spend the summer. While I am sad to be leaving TU for a few months, I am also excited for what the summer holds for me. The first week back will be full of watching baseball, sleeping, baking, sleeping, reading, and more sleeping. I am thoroughly looking forward to it. By the second week, though, I will already be bored. Thankfully, that’s when my internship with Burns and McDonnell, an engineering firm in Kansas City, starts! This summer will be my first internship experience, and while I’m looking forward to it, I am very nervous. However, my older friends have assured me that TU adequately prepares us, and they have all thoroughly enjoyed their own internships.

I’m also looking forward to the short trips I have planned throughout the summer. As president of my sorority, I get to attend our national convention in Orlando, Fla., this June. I am impatiently looking forward to spending a week with girls across the country that I share a special connection with based on the values we all uphold. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event filled with ritual experiences, leadership seminars, inspiring speakers, and new friendships. Plus, I get to go to Disney World, which is the icing on the cake!

Additionally, I will be attending two weddings this summer! For someone who hasn’t been to a wedding since she was 8-years-old and only lives vicariously through Pinterest, this is super exciting for me. College has brought me close to a variety of wonderful people I call friends, and I am looking forward to watching them take this next big step in their lives. It also gives me an excuse to visit Tulsa and St. Louis over the summer.

It’s exciting to hear about all of the fun things people have planned for their summers. I have lots of friends getting excited to study abroad, many looking forward to summer concerts, and several with exciting vacations planned. With everyone off on their own fun adventures, the campus will still be beautiful, but it will be missing an important part. It truly is the students who make my campus shine so bright. My absolute favorite thing about TU is the fact that I cannot walk to class without smiling to at least one person that I know. My summer will be lots of fun, but I already have August 13th circled on my calendar to move back home to TU.  I’m excited to see all the new faces on campus, and I hope you’ll be joining me then, too!

Forever Young: Tulsa Young Professionals Celebrate 10 Years

Tuesdays With Tulsa – This article was published in the Tulsa World on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Andrea Myers, a TU alum and a force behind the founding of Tulsa Young Professionals is referenced in the article!

Forever young: Tulsa’s Young Professionals (TYPros) celebrates its 10th year

Ten years ago, Andrea Myers often would marvel at what a great job she had for a person only 26 years old.

Myers was a public relations professional at Schnake Turnbo Frank. As such, she regularly met with Tulsa’s highest-level executives and elected officials, and often was working on projects that helped the city grow and prosper.

Boomtown Awards 2012 stage“This gave me a voice at the table,” she said. “But there were a lot of other people my age who weren’t able to get the kind of access to the city’s leaders I had or get their opinions heard.”

So when the Tulsa Regional Chamber asked Myers for help in setting up a group for young professionals, she jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading

Q&A…With Bryce C.

Bryce CasonToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with Bryce C., a senior Energy Management & Finance major from  Coppell, Texas.

What are your plans following graduation? How did they come about?

After graduation, I will begin working for an oil and gas company in Midland, Texas.  I interviewed with 14 different companies last fall for a summer internship.  The University’s Career Services brings the companies to our campus for interviews, so I never had to leave campus to meet with recruiters.  After my internship was over this past August, the company offered me a full-time job starting in June.  Our Energy Management Program does a great job of getting these companies to come back each year to offer our students internships, and Career Services keeps us updated on when to submit your resume, signing up for an interview slot, and preparing for the interview.

If you had to pick a favorite class throughout your time at TU, what would it be and what made it special to you?

My favorite class while at TU has been Practical Issues in Energy Management.  The class only met once a week, but each week we had someone new speaking to us.  Our Program Director would bring in the best person in the industry to speak on whatever topic would be covered that week.  For example, to talk about Gulf of Mexico Operations, the Manager of Deepwater Operations for Chevron flew up from Houston to speak to us.  We had the best of the best presenting for our class each week, and it was great to meet those people and hear how the topics are relevant in their careers.  I think it was memorable for me because it wasn’t your typical lecture class and the topics were all interesting.

In five words, how would you describe your time at TU?

Unforgettable, challenging, crazy-fast (1 word), exciting, and engaging.

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite TU tradition is the ringing of the bell.  Once a senior finishes his or her last exam of the senior year, they walk over to Bayless Plaza and ring this big bell.  As finals are going on, you’ll randomly hear the bell being rung and you know that some senior is finished with college.  Then the day of graduation, everyone goes and gets their picture taken with their families in front of the bell.  I’ll be ringing that bell May 7th!

What will you miss most about TU?

I think I’ll miss the community atmosphere at TU.  TU is a place where I’ve grown comfortable and made some life-long friends, so it will be hard to say goodbye to that.  I’ll miss being able to grab some friends and walk to a basketball game, go to dinner, or head to any other campus event.