Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Once in a lifetime ToriigateToday’s post was written by Jordan Hoyt, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

I often joke that my life is like a Dr. Seuss book. but this is truer now than I’ve admitted before.

Three years ago, on my first day of college, I heard the yearly rendition at matriculation (the opposite of graduation) of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” It seemed casual enough for the past few years, but this August it will carry a special weight when I hear the performance for the last time as a student. Because since then, I have traveled the world through study abroad and summer internships, and I have experienced opportunities that have changed my life and made me the person I am today.

I traveled to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto the summer after my freshman year. TU provided the tools necessary to go to the nanoworld through the NanoJapan program. And for fun, I climbed Mount Fuji and the visited the beaches of Okinawa!

New York City  was next, the summer following my sophomore year. Being a bookworm, the big apple proved an adventure thanks to Rutger’s Green Energy Research Experience (GETUP).

This past summer, The Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the wind turbines of The National Wind Technology Center of NREL proved friendly.

Oh, the places I went. But more importantly, where do I go from here? Grad school applications to wind technology programs from California to The Netherlands sit on my computer desktop. And I’m incredibly excited, not only for the possibility to apply, but because I think I actually have a chance at being accepted because of everything TU has given to me.

But EVEN more importantly: Oh, the places YOU will go. The world is knocking, and TU can be your open door!

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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

Serving Children In West India – My Travel Bug Story

IMG_2122Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from David M., a 2010 TU graduate with a degree in Political Science. David is currently working as a campaign manager for The Shreyas Foundation in West India.

During the summer between my sophomore and junior year at TU, I elected to study abroad in Spain for seven months. Two of my older sisters had studied abroad during their college years, and I had known since I started college that I wanted to do it, too. I HAD to do it. TU had an incredible study abroad program, and as it was cheaper to send a student abroad then was the cost of tuition, it was practically free for me. Soon after I was bound for Europe.

Little did I know that my adventure abroad would lead me to where I am now. You see, I caught what people call “the travel bug,” (i.e. the complete and total inability to stay in one place for a prolonged period of time). Since that point, I have lived and worked in four different continents. After spending a year in Argentina, I made a feeble attempt to return to my hometown of Tulsa and keep a “steady” job. That lasted about a year before I started going crazy. My boss recognized my need to NOT be in a “steady” job, so he basically fired me from my position. I threw everything I owned into my car and moved back out to Washington D.C. where I had lived for a summer. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I just had to do SOMETHING. Continue reading