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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My Center Of The Universe Experience

IMG_2089Today’s post comes to us from  Haley Anderson, a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

Did you know that the Center of the Universe can be found right here in the heart of Tulsa? Okay… so maybe it isn’t the exact center of the universe, but it’s a cool architectural phenomenon in downtown Tulsa. If you stand in the center circle of the structure and talk, the sound of your voice is echoed back much louder than its actual volume, however the change in volume is only recognized by the person standing in the “center of the universe.” Weird, huh?

This unique Tulsa landmark has given birth to one of Tulsa’s most popular music events of the year, the Center of the Universe Summer Music Festival. The festival takes place during the last weekend of July, and people from all over the region gather to take part in it. The streets of downtown Tulsa are flooded with food trucks, artists, vendors, and over 100 bands.

IMG_2091Many students from The University of Tulsa attend the festival every year. I went this year with a few of my close friends, but we saw tons of other TU students everywhere we turned. Our favorite part of this year’s festival was the American Authors concert on Friday night. It was my first time to see them in concert, and the band put on a really great show. Panic! At the Disco performed right after American Authors. Quite a few of us had seen them in concert at TU during our Springfest Week two years ago. Even though we had already seen them, we had just as much fun listening to them play a second time.

If you missed out on the Center of the Universe festival this year, definitely mark it on your calendar for next summer!  In the meantime, Tulsa has a lot of other great music venues to check out. Cain’s Ballroom, the Vanguard, Brady Theatre, and the BOK Center are just a few of the many concert halls located in Tulsa. There is a vibrant music scene in the City of Tulsa, and tons of artists come through every year to our great venues.

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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