Today’s blog post comes to us from Morgan Richardson, a 2015 TU graduate and a Fulbright Scholarship recipient! Morgan earned degrees in Political Science and Russian Studies, as well as a minor in French. She is from Tulsa, Okla.
Greetings, all! This blog post, like many others on this site, will discuss my time at TU and some of the unique opportunities this school afforded me. As we venture down the rabbit hole that comprised my time at TU, I hope you will take away at least this message: the best experiences in life are those that are unexpected.
Unlike some of my esteemed TU colleagues, my decision to attend this school was one made out of desperation. I knew that The University of Tulsa was an excellent school, but the thought of attending a college in the same town as your parents was lame. Fortunately for me, the then Dean of Admission (now Vice President) Earl Johnson helped my decision-making process. He was open to meeting with my mother and me in order to discuss TU’s great opportunities. The personal attention he provided was a harbinger for the individualized attention inside and outside of the classroom for which this school is known. I’m just glad someone talked some sense into me! Continue reading
Brittany J. is a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
As my sophomore year comes to a close, I AM TERRIFIED. I am terrified that I am now classified as an upperclassman, a junior, half way to the adult world, and half way done with college. Initially, I don’t think I’m ready for any of that. But I don’t want to indicate that my sophomore year was a waste when in reality, it was full of many important life lessons that will guide me throughout the rest of my college years and into the adult world. Here are the Top 10 tidbits that I learned the hard way. So take note of them now, and you’ll be way ahead of the game.
- Year Number TWO is brand NEW: Sophomore year is NOT the same as freshman year, and that’s okay (because it’s better). You’re living in a new place, you’re taking classes more specific to your major, and you’re supposed to know what’s going on (key words: supposed to). It’s important to realize that with all of these new adjustments you’ll get to know a variety of new people and you may make new friends. You need to embrace this change and not try to replicate all the memories you have from your freshman year. As soon as you do this, you’ll begin having even better experiences because you aren’t trying to copy the old ones.
- Socks with flip-flops is not an acceptable fashion statement: It may not be fashionable, but it is my personal favorite. However, I have a good set of friends that have my best interests at heart. Because of this, they ended up stealing three pairs of my flip-flops and hiding them throughout the year to prevent me from further embarrassing them and myself. More importantly, they help me dress for interviews, proof-read my résumés, and prepare me for the professional world. It may not be here yet, but it’s important to preview the job fairs and research colloquiums so that when junior and senior year rolls around you’re already familiar and comfortable in those professional environments. By the time you will be looking for a job, you’ll be an old pro.
Thirty-two…thirty-one…thirty. Thirty. Days that is. “Until what?” you might be asking. Until the first day of the rest of my life! Post-college, that is. (I’m going to quit being cryptic here in just a second). I’m talking about Graduation Day!
Not gonna lie. Being a graduating senior is pretty legit. I have #seniorstatus now, so that means I get to impart my wisdom on underclassmen about the best things to do in Tulsa, who the raddest professors are, and where the color printers are on campus. It also means that I get to say things like, “You know, when I was your age, we called it ACAC – the Allen Chapman Activity Center – (it’s officially ‘The Union’ now, but in my heart it’ll always be ACAC; imagine how the Aflac duck would say – yep, that’s exactly how you pronounce it).
Speaking of things not being the same anymore – things aren’t going to be the same anymore! My senior friends are going to travel near and far and do wonderful things in the world (but seriously, though – my friends are joining the Peace Corps, going to medical school, participating in Teach for America, getting great jobs – basically, they’re working it). What am I going to do you might ask? Well, in the words of my environmental ethics and conservation professor, Dr.Hill, I am going to flourish! (She likes to ask us every day in class if we’re flourishing – and if you answer ‘no’ too many days in a row, you need to make a change in your life; kind of like that Steve Jobs quote about asking yourself if you’re happy with your life; it’s okay if you’re starting to have an existential crisis right about now – those are normal when your life has boundless opportunity!). Continue reading