My TU Top 10

2014-06-12 16.45.52Thirty-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

Leap of Faith: Religion at TU

02-24-14 kyle radtke-112When I came to college, I heard a statistic that over half of college students will lose their religious beliefs during their time on campus and wont return to those beliefs.  Some of you may be rolling your eyes and scratching your heads.  Believe me, as a senior in high school, I probably would have been doing the exact same thing.  However,religion is a factor that some students use to make their college decision.

By faith, I am Catholic.  I was one of the students who did fall away, but I was exposed to religious groups on campus that helped me restore that lost faith. TU has about 20 campus ministry groups on campus. I won’t be mentioning all of them in this blog, but I do want to highlight the organizations I have been involved with while at TU.

One religious group that has an active presence on campus is Reformed University Fellowship, or RUF.  This group meets every Tuesday night at 7:30pm in the auditorium in Tyrell Hall for an hour of praise and worship. RUF offers numerous small group sessions to build relationships via studying the bible and praying together.  I have attended group sessions with some of my friends and have come away pretty impressed with the number of students who attend consistently.  With a wide number of social events and various service opportunities, RUF is a vibrant community. Continue reading

Leaders Incorporated

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This week’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Tendai D., a junior Biology major with a Pre-Med emphasis. Tendai is from Edmond, Okla.

I remember the summer before my freshman year at TU. I was terrified and excited to finally start college. I didn’t know about all of the opportunities that TU had to offer its students, but then I received a brochure in the mail about LINC. LINC stands for Leaders Incorporated. It is a student organization that is part of the Multicultural Student Programs group. It pairs an older student (a mentor) with a younger student (a mentee) who is part of a minority student group. This sounded perfect!

Tendai 1As a mentee, I was able to transition easier into The University of Tulsa community. Starting college off was a lot easier when I had someone I could go to for any questions or concerns that I had. My mentor was not only there to answer my questions, but she also helped me get involved around campus, connected me with the minority and multicultural sides of campus, and  introduced me to the city of Tulsa as a whole. She became someone I could call when I just wanted to have a bit of fun, and LINC provided for some awesome events. There was a retreat that brought mentors and mentees together, volunteer opportunities and even an evening spent at Tulsa’s premier indoor trampoline park—Skyzone! Continue reading