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.

Need Help Finding a Job? Visit Caroline & Tawny

“Oh, no! I didn’t get my resume printed on time!”

“My suit didn’t get dry cleaned; now I’m going to look all messy for the recruiters.  Awesome…”

“Should I get business cards?  I’m sure they’ll remember me without them…”

Yes, I have heard these things many times in my days here as a senior in the Collins College of Business.  I don’t know what your thoughts are right now, but when I came to college, the furthest thing from my mind was looking for a job.  Sure, I was living the high life in high school working at Chipotle, but I thought, “Well, I’m going to be an International Business and Spanish major, so I’ll study abroad, do an internship, and then do so well I’ll get hired by that company and not have to worry about searching.”  Boy, was I wrong.

I once heard a really interesting quote, “Getting a job is actually a science.” You wouldn’t believe it at first.  But think about it.  Why do cities across the country have job fairs?  Why do recruiters go visit colleges?  Why do students polish their shoes, press their shirts/skirts, and why do they have professional legal pad binders holdings millions of resumes?  It’s because that is the way people impress. Continue reading

A Sophomore’s Letter of Gratitude

CarolineToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Caroline M., a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Art History and Art Management. Caroline’s post was actually an unsolicited letter she wrote to her admission counselor, Beverly Wheeler, as an update to her freshman year. Caroline’s letter was so genuine and put into words so clearly the experiences of many students at TU, we just had to share…with her permission, of course.

Dear Beverly,

I am writing to merely keep in touch! I apologize for not keeping in contact, but I do think of you often and how fortunate I am to study here at TU.

This past year at TU (my freshman year) I took a variety of courses, mainly finishing up blocks and 1000/2000 level courses to start off my major in Art History and Art Management. I don’t think I’ve ever had a professor I did not like. They are all so kind, intelligible, and care about each individual student which really caught me off guard (but in a good way)! I still keep in touch with my English professor, Holly Mannucci, from first semester on a regular basis. Her class was only a block course in English, but she was very interested in my writing skills and interest in art, therefore we kept in touch. She has been a huge guide in supporting my writing skills and giving me the confidence in my abilities for other classes. Continue reading