5 Things To Know When Considering TU

Katy 2Today’s blog post comes to us from Katy Riojas. a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Kansas City, Mo.

So if you are a prospective TU student, what do you need to know?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at TU and have learned so much in the last few years – some things I wish I would have known upon (or before) arrival. In typical engineering style, I have listed below what I consider five key points I think you should know before arriving on campus.

So many opportunities

As with anything in life, college is what you make it, and TU is no exception. The number and diversity of clubs, events, teams, and general activities for you to get involved with is incredible. In my last three years at TU, I have had the opportunity to be involved with the TU Women’s Soccer Team, Make a Difference Engineering, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, STEM-UP, The Little Light House, and much, much more. If you are motivated and have an interest, you can bet other people will help you make it happen. I have been able to perform undergraduate research as a freshman, play soccer throughout Europe, give a TEDx talk, obtain one internship in Pittsburgh, PA, and another in Tulsa- all through TU and the opportunities the university provides. TU sets you up for success and ensures you will succeed.

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Advice for the Class of 2019

Before heading off to college, you will get a lot of advice from family members, friends, social media and about a million websites. Everyone wants to help prepare you for college life and being away from home. 

Maria Devoto, a sophomore Chemical Engineering major from Easton, Conn., weighs in as she has one year of the “TU Life” under her belt. Here is her advice for the incoming Class of 2019!

Maria 11.  Get off campus when you can! TU has a beautiful campus and there are always dozens of things going on. It can be easy to spend all your time there. However, I seriously recommend spending some time off campus, at least once every week or two. The city of Tulsa has so much to offer, so even if you’re just heading down the road to 918 for a coffee, make the trip. And be sure to check out the Tulsa State Fair! I’ll never forget the rodeo I saw there.

2.  Try something new. This may be the most repeated advice ever, but that’s because it couldn’t be any more important. In high school, I participated in the same sports and clubs as my friends, mostly because they were involved or because it was something I’d been doing since I was five years old. At TU, no club or sport or organization is better than the next, and when in doubt, if something sounds even just mildly interesting, join it. Even if you don’t stick with it all four years, you’ll meet new people and learn new things about yourself. Continue reading

Tulsa To Russia Via TU

Morgan 1Today’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