Why I Wanted To Be A University Ambassador

Brittany JamesWhen I started college, I didn’t know a lot. I wasn’t sure what my major would be. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to sign up for Greek recruitment. And I wasn’t exactly sure how to do my own laundry. But I did know one thing: I knew that I wanted to be a University Ambassador (UA). As a prospective student touring TU, my UA tour guides made a strong impression on me. To be honest, they’re the reason I’m a student here today.

I chose TU for three reasons: 1) the strong academics; 2) the Division I team sports; and 3) the people I met while touring. A multitude of schools met my first two points, but TU was the only university where I actually made a connection, and that is because of the people I met here. They were excited that I was on campus. They had a lot of passion for their university, and they were involved leaders and students on campus.  As a high school senior, I was impressed by them. In reality, I was awed. I wanted to be like them one day. I wanted to go to out-of-state football games. I wanted to become a student leader. I wanted to study abroad in France, and I wanted to eat dinner with my professors. Even more than that, I wanted to create my own fun memories in addition to the ones they had to tell. So, when the University Ambassador applications came out, you can sure bet that I applied.

I’m now in my fourth semester at TU, and I am terrified that I am almost halfway finished. I still have as much passion for my university as I did the first time I stepped on campus, and I love being able to share that passion with prospective students. That’s why I’m a UA. Each week I have the opportunity to share how wonderful my TU is and hope that others will see it too. I know how stressful the college decision-making process can be, and I want to be able to make that easier on high school seniors. I want them to know that I understand what they’re going through and I want them to be able to find a home here at TU…just like I have. Continue reading

Association for Black Collegians (ABC)

Kyla

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Kyla S., a sophomore speech pathology major from Houston, Texas.

 

At the start of each school year, Student Association hosts a campus-wide activities fair for students to sign up for the various clubs that may spark their interest, grab a free t-shirt, and even a delicious snow cone (or two). As students congregate at the fair and listen to the latest pop chart hits, they also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from clubs about their goals and purpose. I proudly stood at my table as a representative of the ABC.  I spent all weekend creating a table runner made of traditional kente clothe, something I recently pinned on my DIY Pinterest board!!! It turned out amazing and really put the finishing touch on our African themed table.

 

So what exactly is ABC? ABC stands for Association of Black Collegians, an organization on campus that strives to create a support base for African-American and minority students on campus, through providing activities for all students that promote harmony and understanding of black culture and all other cultures of the world. Before you ask, no, ABC is not just for black students. We strongly encourage diversity and membership amongst ALL students.

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Advice for Tulsa High School Students

02-26-14 haley anderson-210Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Haley A., a sophomore psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

When I began my college search, I always envisioned myself somewhere far away from my hometown. I didn’t want to be another face among the graduating seniors going to the state schools. I wanted to be different.

I began looking into schools in the Northeastern region of the country. On paper, the schools I researched were amazing. But none of them gave me a feeling of absolute certainty. The University of Tulsa was never even on my radar until my dad convinced me to attend a “Junior Day” event on campus. After visiting campus that day, my outlook changed completely; I realized that finding the perfect school for me was more about meaning than miles. Continue reading