Not Just Another First Day

LaurenToday’s blog post comes to us from Lauren S., a 2015 TU graduate with degrees in Speech Pathology and Psychology. Lauren recently started her first year of law school at Harvard.

I’m sitting in a circular lecture hall surrounded by other new students who are all nervously opening their textbooks and reviewing their notes. I’ve certainly had a lot of first days of school (this is number eighteen to be exact), but this one is different. It’s a first day that I’ve been working toward my whole life and one that will shape my future career: this week I started at Harvard Law School.

It seems like yesterday that I was starting as a biochemistry major at The University of Tulsa. Part of the reason I chose TU was because of the excellent pre-med advising and research opportunities (spoiler alert: I didn’t graduate with a biochemistry major). It didn’t take long for me to realize that medicine wasn’t my best fit. Thus began a circuitous route through majors and classes, concentrations and advisors, culminating in liberal arts degrees. In hindsight, I wouldn’t trade my indecisiveness for anything; by allowing me to explore my options, TU gave me the opportunity to find what I’m truly passionate about – advocacy law.

Freshman year I accompanied my orientation group to the Student Association Activities Fair. One of the best ways to succeed in college is to get involved- and get involved early! TU has a student group for anything and everything you can imagine. Over my four years, I studied abroad in Italy, taught a second grader how to read, advocated for student health, mentored high school students, and played intramural flag football. And although my flag football career is over, the opportunities and interactions that I experienced at TU are what led me to law school.

So as you are beginning your journey to TU, I urge you to start with an open mind. In college, your ideas will be challenged and your interests expanded. Go out of your comfort zone and explore something new. Who knows, you just might find your future.

Spring Fest 2015: Reign Cane

IMG_1599It’s the end of the school year, and to a typical college student that means a mass of papers, projects and tests. At The University of Tulsa, however, we combat the stress of pre-finals week with one of the most highly anticipated events of the year—Springfest!

Every April, Student Association sponsors a week of fun activities, free food, raffles, giveaways, and much more, all leading up to a concert that is free to TU students. Here’s a look at the fun we had at this year’s Springfest!

Monday
We started off the week with tons of free food, snow cones, free T-Shirts, and listened to live music from local bands outside on Chapman Commons.

Tuesday
Movie night! We watched Pitch Perfect on a big screen in the Reynolds Center and had free popcorn, candy and soda.

Wednesday
On Wednesday, multiple food trucks lined the Chapman Commons, and all students were given $11 worth of food tickets to use at whatever trucks they wanted! Additionally, we had a mini-music festival with tons of local bands!

IMG_1600Thursday
Thursday was by far my favorite day of Springfest. A huge art fair was set up outside by the campus fountains. We painted canvas shoes (which were free), tie-dyed shirts and headbands, painted canvases, and strung beads. Additionally there were henna tattoo artists and caricature artists, which were both a blast! Finally, as with all Springfest events, there was free food.

Friday
Before the concert on Friday night, we had a pizza party and prize giveaway. Sadly, I wasn’t too lucky in the raffle… but a lot of other students landed some really awesome prizes! Gift cards, cameras, and iPads are just a few of the numerous prizes that Student Association gives away at campus events.

Concert (Friday Night)
The artist at this year’s Springfest was Hoodie Allen! The best part about it was that the concert is free to all TU Students! So many students attended the concert, and everyone had a great time taking a quick break from the stress of classes before gearing up for finals.

 

Secret To My Success

image1Here’s a picture of me (far right) with the Governor of Oklahoma! I just won 1st place in a poster competition at the capitol with my TU friend (mid right) winning the overall competition. On the surface, it appears my college career has been full of success. And I have had my fair share. However, if there is one piece of insight I could offer high school students who are entering college soon, it’s that for every success of mine that ends up on TU’s Facebook account or in the newspaper, there are at least three other times I have failed.

Just this week: I was lackluster in an interview for a chair position for a club I liked and didn’t earn the position. I lost an election to be treasurer of University Ambassadors after making a speech in front of 100 people. I even lost my apartment keys.

IMG_2510My rate of success is only 25%, but luckily there are a tremendous amount of opportunities at TU. Professors have connections to industry internships and National Science Foundation grants. There are chances to study abroad. There are club presidencies and Student Association positions where you get to organize school-wide festivals for events like Homecoming and Spring Fest!

I’ve interviewed and applied for and been rejected for nearly all of these things. However, the secret to success isn’t to be successful at everything, but to at least try for all the opportunities you desire so that even if you only succeed  25% of the time, you’re overwhelmed with all of your success! It is this attitude that has garnered me internships in Japan, NYC, and Colorado, presidencies and vice-presidencies of clubs, and even poster competition prizes at the capitol with the governor.