Here’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.
My 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.
Common, who won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song for his duet with John Legend titled “Glory” from the motion picture “Selma,” will participate in a moderated conversation on a variety of topics, ranging from social issues and current events to challenges on the horizon.
A GRAMMY-winning hip-hop artist, actor, activist, model, designer and author, Common has developed a reputation as a most thought-provoking, intelligent and passionate voice for the entertainment community. In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, which helps young people to realize their full potential.
Please note: This is not a musical performance. This is a special speaking engagement.
When: 7:30 p.m. March 6, 2015 (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
Where: Donald W. Reynolds Center, 3208 E. 8th St., The University of Tulsa campus
Tickets: Event is FREE and open to the public. No advance tickets or registration required.
Presented by: TU Student Association
Did you see that? If you blinked you may have missed the past 5 weeks shooting past us at the speed of light! But you know what they say – time flies when it’s the second semester of your senior year and you’ve decided to do EVERYTHING that you’ve always wanted to do at TU, but always made a lame excuse for in the past! Yes, folks, it’s true! These are my last few months at this fine university (*cue ‘awwws’ here*). But don’t despair! I have come such a long way and you better be sure I’m going to go out with a bang (*cue cymbals*)!
How to describe senior year? Exciting, terrifying, thrilling, nerve-wracking, surprising, exhausting, invigorating, exhausting, melancholic. It’s basically like feeling all the feelings you’ve ever felt, all at once, along with some new ones that you never felt before. If you’re a senior in high school, you probably catch my drift! I’m at a fork in the road after a long journey, and I’m about to start an adventure that leads to a destination that doesn’t even exist yet! Continue reading