Advice for the Class of 2019

Before heading off to college, you will get a lot of advice from family members, friends, social media and about a million websites. Everyone wants to help prepare you for college life and being away from home. 

Maria Devoto, a sophomore Chemical Engineering major from Easton, Conn., weighs in as she has one year of the “TU Life” under her belt. Here is her advice for the incoming Class of 2019!

Maria 11.  Get off campus when you can! TU has a beautiful campus and there are always dozens of things going on. It can be easy to spend all your time there. However, I seriously recommend spending some time off campus, at least once every week or two. The city of Tulsa has so much to offer, so even if you’re just heading down the road to 918 for a coffee, make the trip. And be sure to check out the Tulsa State Fair! I’ll never forget the rodeo I saw there.

2.  Try something new. This may be the most repeated advice ever, but that’s because it couldn’t be any more important. In high school, I participated in the same sports and clubs as my friends, mostly because they were involved or because it was something I’d been doing since I was five years old. At TU, no club or sport or organization is better than the next, and when in doubt, if something sounds even just mildly interesting, join it. Even if you don’t stick with it all four years, you’ll meet new people and learn new things about yourself. Continue reading

Freshmen Settling In

Each year move-in week is deemed one of the craziest weeks of the school year, not only for those who are moving into the residence halls, but also for the staff members who are making sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. I work in Fisher South, the all-freshmen residence hall. Move-in week is extremely exciting and as staff members we were counting down the days until we could meet the new residents and welcome them into their new home for the next two semesters.

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The first big event that each resident hall hosted was Hall of a Movie. Everyone’s welcome bag contained a bag of popcorn to bring to any hall for a movie night. In Fisher South we showed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Continue reading

Apartment Living in the Summer

This summer I have the opportunity to work on campus giving tours and working in the TU Office of Admission. As rising juniors, a significant number of my friends decided to stay in Tulsa to complete internships, summer classes, and to take the summer as an opportunity to try to make it on their own. I am living on campus in an apartment and so far it has been a fun adjustment.  The past two years I have lived in a residence hall, and next year I will continue working in the residence hall with the first-year residents. I am super excited for this!  However, by living in an apartment over the summer, knowing I will be moving back into the residence hall in a few months, has been a fine balance between getting what I need to function over the summer and making sure I can still fit all of the things I do get back into my room next year.  An on-going joke between my friends and I is that I am a squatter in the apartment for the summer.  My room is pretty empty with just an air mattress set out on the floor.  Even my alarm clock and my lamp just sit conveniently on the floor next to my bed. Continue reading