Q&A With…Jacob Waters

Jacob WatersToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Jacob Waters, a sophomore Petroleum Engineering major from Oklahoma City, Okla.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Definitely out on Dietler Commons (the Old U). If it’s a nice day out, that’s where I’ll be. Most likely in my hammock either studying or watching Netflix. Or I might be playing frisbee on the grass with my friends. It’s also the best place to watch the sunset in Tulsa.

In five words, describe your experience at TU?

Exciting, defining, memories, unique and home

Why was TU the perfect choice for you?

From the first moment I stepped foot on campus, I knew I was home. The beauty of the campus is like no other school I had ever visited. The friends and memories I have made here are ones that I know I’ll have for life. And, all the faculty members are amazing. They all truly love teaching and want each and every one of their students to succeed.

How did you decide on your petroleum engineering major?

Since I was in the 5th grade I knew I wanted to go to The University of Tulsa and I wanted to be a petroleum engineer. Why is that? It runs in the blood, I guess. Both my father and brother attended and graduated from Tulsa with degrees in petroleum engineering so I thought I would give it a shot.

What advice do you have for high school students who are deciding on which college to attend?

Go with the school where you know you can make a difference,  and then call it your home. Don’t just settle for a school. I knew TU was the place for me, and I have never once regretted my decision.

My Major: Education

As an elementary education major, there are required methods courses that we typically take during junior year.  These courses explore methods, hence the name, that are most effective when teaching elementary students.  I am in my last methods courses now which cover literacy assessments, writing and language development, mathematics, and science.  Last semester, I took a reading methods class as well as social studies.

photo 1One of the main goals of the methods course is to prepare us before we go into our full semester of student teaching.  For the past two semesters I have spent at least four hours a week in an elementary classroom.  So far, I have observed in a third grade class, a collaborative first and second grade class, and now I am currently in a kindergarten class.

photo 5I have been very fortunate to have wonderful field experiences each semester with teachers ready to pour all of their knowledge into me.  Not only do I get to observe classrooms and teaching methods, but I also get to teach lessons myself.  This helps to prepare us before we go into a full semester of student teaching.  Getting to spend a day implementing what we learn in our classes, with real students, is not only beneficial to our learning, but it gives us all something to look forward to each week.

MercedesIn addition to going into classrooms, I also get the chance to tutor a student one-on-one each week for our Literacy Assessment class.  This gives us more opportunities to practice writing lesson plans and to assess a student’s reading level.  Even better, it gives us a chance to spend more time with incredibly cute kids.

 

Arts & Sciences – The Perfect Choice For Me

09-03-14 University Ambassadors-119Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Kristina M., a junior Sociology major from Tulsa, OK.

I was a late addition to the College of Arts and Sciences. After spending my first year with the goal of practicing Chemical Engineering, it was quite the switch when I decided to study Sociology instead. There are things about the switch that have made me realize I’ve found the perfect fit for me.

Not only is Sociology a broad discipline and one covers all of my interests, but it and many other A&S majors provide an added bonus of having small classes because of the small number of students in each major. I got to enter into classrooms that are fueled by discussion and personal reflection, and that are guided by professors that are passionate and brilliant in their fields. Each class I have taken in my major has been eye-opening. I have also had the privilege of exploring some other subjects in electives. The curriculum is brilliant because many of the majors overlap in real world application. So where I may be told I’m learning sociology (and I am), I am also learning economics, psychology, and anthropology. The A&S College is perfect because professors seem to be painting a picture of what the real world is like – meaning that as students, we leave more articulate, more aware with a heightened ability to think critically, and a new lens to look at the world through. Continue reading