Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Once in a lifetime ToriigateToday’s post was written by Jordan Hoyt, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

I often joke that my life is like a Dr. Seuss book. but this is truer now than I’ve admitted before.

Three years ago, on my first day of college, I heard the yearly rendition at matriculation (the opposite of graduation) of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” It seemed casual enough for the past few years, but this August it will carry a special weight when I hear the performance for the last time as a student. Because since then, I have traveled the world through study abroad and summer internships, and I have experienced opportunities that have changed my life and made me the person I am today.

I traveled to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto the summer after my freshman year. TU provided the tools necessary to go to the nanoworld through the NanoJapan program. And for fun, I climbed Mount Fuji and the visited the beaches of Okinawa!

New York City  was next, the summer following my sophomore year. Being a bookworm, the big apple proved an adventure thanks to Rutger’s Green Energy Research Experience (GETUP).

This past summer, The Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the wind turbines of The National Wind Technology Center of NREL proved friendly.

Oh, the places I went. But more importantly, where do I go from here? Grad school applications to wind technology programs from California to The Netherlands sit on my computer desktop. And I’m incredibly excited, not only for the possibility to apply, but because I think I actually have a chance at being accepted because of everything TU has given to me.

But EVEN more importantly: Oh, the places YOU will go. The world is knocking, and TU can be your open door!

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From The Classroom To “Real Life”

Brittany JamesToday’s blog is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

If you asked me what my major was last semester, I would have told you, “I’m a mechanical engineering student who doesn’t want to be an engineer.” Well, that got me a few crazy looks and was always followed up with the question: “Then why on earth are you an engineering student?” Easy. I enjoy my engineering classes more than any others I’ve taken, and I welcome the challenge they bring. In reality, I didn’t know what an engineer actually did. So when I decided to take an internship this summer, it was with the motivation to prove to myself engineering is in fact NOT what I want to do for the rest of my life. That plan has since backfired on me. Thankfully, this is the best backfire I’ve ever experienced. I have actually identified the career that I one day hope to pursue, and I have realized how I can apply my studies to my future. Continue reading

An Incredible Summer at Camp Incredible

Today’s post is from Mercedes Vega, a resident blogger for the TU Office of Admission. Mercedes is a senior Education major from Surprise, AZ.

Mercedes (2)As an education major going into my senior year, the dream summer job would be something that let me work with kids, especially in a school setting.  While I was completing classroom observations this past semester, I was able to learn about Camp Incredible.  Camp Incredible is a summer camp opened to elementary students and is comprised of six one-week camps.  I was given the opportunity to work there as a teacher’s assistant for all six weeks of camp.  I can’t imagine a more perfect summer job!

The first week of camp just finished, and I spent my time with pre-kindergarten and first-grade students.  For an entire week we were part of the Dragons and Princesses class disguised as a music session. There was a performance at the end of the week for other students at camp, as well the kids’ parents.  The performance was on Friday and throughout the week we made a series of crafts so by the time all the kids were standing in front of their audience they were decked out in crowns, princess necklaces, and knight swords. Continue reading