Summer Days Quickly Approaching!

BellIt is not uncommon for me to screenshot picturesque photos of the TU campus from the @utulsa Instagram account and share them as my own. My followers back home in Missouri deserve to be jealous, and TU’s campus on a clear, sunny spring day is pretty difficult to compete with. The blue and yellow flowers pop with color against the crisp bright sky, and everything just seems perfect. It is not uncommon to see students hanging up hammocks across campus to take full advantage of the beautiful weather. One of my personal favorite spots to study is the library stairs at sunset. As I gaze across Chapman Commons and look towards downtown under a swirl of pinks, yellows, and oranges, there is nowhere that I’d rather be. TU just feels right; it is my home.

And yet, in about one month, I will be headed back to Missouri to spend the summer. While I am sad to be leaving TU for a few months, I am also excited for what the summer holds for me. The first week back will be full of watching baseball, sleeping, baking, sleeping, reading, and more sleeping. I am thoroughly looking forward to it. By the second week, though, I will already be bored. Thankfully, that’s when my internship with Burns and McDonnell, an engineering firm in Kansas City, starts! This summer will be my first internship experience, and while I’m looking forward to it, I am very nervous. However, my older friends have assured me that TU adequately prepares us, and they have all thoroughly enjoyed their own internships.

I’m also looking forward to the short trips I have planned throughout the summer. As president of my sorority, I get to attend our national convention in Orlando, Fla., this June. I am impatiently looking forward to spending a week with girls across the country that I share a special connection with based on the values we all uphold. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event filled with ritual experiences, leadership seminars, inspiring speakers, and new friendships. Plus, I get to go to Disney World, which is the icing on the cake!

Additionally, I will be attending two weddings this summer! For someone who hasn’t been to a wedding since she was 8-years-old and only lives vicariously through Pinterest, this is super exciting for me. College has brought me close to a variety of wonderful people I call friends, and I am looking forward to watching them take this next big step in their lives. It also gives me an excuse to visit Tulsa and St. Louis over the summer.

It’s exciting to hear about all of the fun things people have planned for their summers. I have lots of friends getting excited to study abroad, many looking forward to summer concerts, and several with exciting vacations planned. With everyone off on their own fun adventures, the campus will still be beautiful, but it will be missing an important part. It truly is the students who make my campus shine so bright. My absolute favorite thing about TU is the fact that I cannot walk to class without smiling to at least one person that I know. My summer will be lots of fun, but I already have August 13th circled on my calendar to move back home to TU.  I’m excited to see all the new faces on campus, and I hope you’ll be joining me then, too!

Summer Music in Tulsa

imagesWhen I think of summer, I think of sunshine, friends, and some great music.  Tulsa has been able to provide just that over the last couple of months! There are a ton of really cool venues around downtown Tulsa, and in June I was able to go to the Vanguard for the first time.  Semi-Precious Weapons was playing and it was a low-dough show which meant the first 100 tickets let in two people for the price of one.  SPW opened for Panic! At The Disco at TU’s Springfest event this past April.

What I loved most about the Vanguard was that it is a really intimate setting.  On its website they describe the venue perfectly, “The word Vanguard means to be in front on the edge and that’s what you’ll find here. Bands, DJ’s and everything in between that are at the forefront of today’s music scene. Artists that are on their way up and great independent artists that like playing intimate venues. This is the place you can catch the next big thing, before they’re so big you can’t get a seat within 200 yards.” Continue reading

Tuesdays with Tulsa: Top 5 Things To Do Over the Summer

Hi, I’m Marcia from Longmont, CO and I am studying Mathematics and Spanish.

I know when I was in high school, the idea of choosing to do extra schoolwork over the summer sounded absolutely crazy to me!  However, in the spring semester of my freshman year, I knew that I didn’t want to leave my amazing friends or the TU campus, even for just 3 months, so I chose to stay through a program called the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC).  With TURC, you work with a faculty member and usually a team of students to do some sort of research.  You also are required to do some community service with any organization of your choice.  If you’re accepted to the TURC program, TU provides housing, a food stipend, and a small cash stipend.  Doing TURC is really good hands on experience, and it also looks great on resumes.  While I did enjoy my TURC research, I also wanted to tell you about how much fun I had on the TU campus over the sun. Here is my list of the TOP 5 THINGS TO DO OVER THE SUMMER:

1) Start a (FRIENDLY!) Prank War

My roommate, Anne, and I were at a garage sale one day, and we found a box of streamers.  It was $0.25 for a roll of streamers, or else $2.00 for the entire box.  Naturally, we decided to buy the entire box.  We had two other friends, Kevin and David, who we knew would enjoy the fun, and so the prank war began.

Here are pictures of some of the pranks we did.

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2) Go to a Drive-In Movie

In 2010 the Admiral Twin Drive-In Theater in Tulsa burned down after being struck by lightning. Last summer, the Drive-In reopened and is better than ever! Every weekend, you can enjoy a double feature for only $7!

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3) Explore Downtown

Downtown Tulsa has underground tunnels that were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. One day, my friends Grace, Anne and I decided to go explore them, and spend the day in downtown.

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There are many other things downtown has to offer.  There is great food like burgers from McNellie’s, or gelato and crepes from Mod’s.

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There are many churches worth taking a peak in to look at the beautiful architecture and fixtures.  There is also the center of the universe and ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers.

4) Enjoy the Lakes and Rivers

The Arkansas River flows (at least when it has water) through Tulsa. Along the river there are many different trails and parks, which provide great places to have a picnic, go for a run, or just hang out. Also, on the 4th of July, the fireworks are launched over the river. There also are many lakes in OK! The closest lake to hang out at is Keystone Lake, which is about a 30 minute drive from TU. At Keystone Lake you can go for a swim, have a bonfire, or simply enjoy a day in the sun.

Lake Just make sure to bring lots of water…

Water and wear lots of sunscreen.

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5) Enjoy the TU campus

Since you typically have more time during the summer than during the school year, summer is a great time to enjoy all that the campus has to offer. You can play a game of sand volleyball, or anything from football to croquet on the “new U” (Chapman Commons). On a hot day you can cool off in the fountains across from Collins Hall or in the pool at the Student Activity Center (SAC). In the evening and at night, it’s nice to walk around the “old U” (Dietler Commons), sit on the steps of McFarlin Library and watch the firework shows that happen over downtown multiple times a week, or just talk and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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