Studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, is one of the best decisions I’ve made at TU. I could go on and on about the things I experienced and learned in the capital of Europe, but for now I’ll stick with one major takeaway: new friends!
Not only did I meet people from all over Europe at my university, I also met other American students who chose to study abroad for a semester just like me. Yes, I only spent a semester with these people, but we shared an incredible experience. We keep in touch and this past weekend I was lucky enough to host two of my study abroad friends right here in Tulsa.
Kate and JD go to universities in Ohio and South Dakota, but they ventured south for the weekend for a mini-reunion. I loved getting to share my day-to-day TU life with these friends. We attended Tri Delta formal, went to some of my favorite local restaurants, spent time in Woodward Park and hung out on Riverside, Cherry Street and Brookside.
It was fun to see campus through their eyes and hear how much they genuinely enjoyed their time in Tulsa. It’s also so fitting they got to spend some time at the university that made it possible for me to study and make new friends abroad.
Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium
When students return from a semester abroad, the Center for Global Education gives away t-shirts like these.
Depending on where you studied abroad, The University of Tulsa is written in your country’s primary language. Since Thomas and I spent spring 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, our shirts are in French; although a large number of Belgians also speak Flemish. I think in this case the Dutch dialect was a little too obscure. It might seem silly or insignificant, but I was so excited to have my very own L’Universite de Tulsa shirt. It’s kind of a TU rite of passage.
Although I loved my time abroad, it is really nice to be back at TU. There’s something about the familiarity of home and of campus that can’t be beat. To read more about my studies in Belgium, visit my other blog posts from earlier this year!
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Brittany J., a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Two months into my junior year of high school, my phone (finally) began to automatically capitalize “IB.” For a lazy high school student, this came as a relief. But, if you happen to know any of these hardworking students, you know that IB students are anything but lazy. Research essays, literary discussions, math papers (“What high school student has to write math papers?” my father would ask) and chemistry experiments upgrade the workload of a normal high school student to that of a college freshman. While the daunting 4,000 word essay often made me want to pull my hair out, I couldn’t be more thankful for the strenuous workload that I embraced while I was still in high school once I was a real college freshman. Continue reading