From The Classroom To “Real Life”

Brittany JamesToday’s blog is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

If you asked me what my major was last semester, I would have told you, “I’m a mechanical engineering student who doesn’t want to be an engineer.” Well, that got me a few crazy looks and was always followed up with the question: “Then why on earth are you an engineering student?” Easy. I enjoy my engineering classes more than any others I’ve taken, and I welcome the challenge they bring. In reality, I didn’t know what an engineer actually did. So when I decided to take an internship this summer, it was with the motivation to prove to myself engineering is in fact NOT what I want to do for the rest of my life. That plan has since backfired on me. Thankfully, this is the best backfire I’ve ever experienced. I have actually identified the career that I one day hope to pursue, and I have realized how I can apply my studies to my future. Continue reading

An Incredible Summer at Camp Incredible

Today’s post is from Mercedes Vega, a resident blogger for the TU Office of Admission. Mercedes is a senior Education major from Surprise, AZ.

Mercedes (2)As an education major going into my senior year, the dream summer job would be something that let me work with kids, especially in a school setting.  While I was completing classroom observations this past semester, I was able to learn about Camp Incredible.  Camp Incredible is a summer camp opened to elementary students and is comprised of six one-week camps.  I was given the opportunity to work there as a teacher’s assistant for all six weeks of camp.  I can’t imagine a more perfect summer job!

The first week of camp just finished, and I spent my time with pre-kindergarten and first-grade students.  For an entire week we were part of the Dragons and Princesses class disguised as a music session. There was a performance at the end of the week for other students at camp, as well the kids’ parents.  The performance was on Friday and throughout the week we made a series of crafts so by the time all the kids were standing in front of their audience they were decked out in crowns, princess necklaces, and knight swords. Continue reading

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!