Brittany’s Top 10 Sophomore Learnings

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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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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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