To all prospective students,
There is one date on my calendar circled in bright yellow highlighter. May 9th, 2015: The culmination of four long, busy, yet rewarding, college years. My immediate thought as I’m writing this?
AHHHHHHHH!!!!! THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!!!
All right, so maybe I’m freaking out a little…or a lot…more like pretty much yes all the time. But considering this may be one of the last blog posts from me, I’m going to schmooze a bit and express what all has been going on in my life over the past month.
Honestly, I’m a little torn as to what I’m feeling as I move closer towards my commencement. I’m excited that my family from various parts of the country will be coming to Tulsa to celebrate my accomplishments. I’m stressed because of final projects that I must complete before I can graduate. I’m thankful for all of the friends, professors, staff, and administration that I have come into contact with and who pushed me to be the best individual possible. I’m ready to begin the next step in my life with full-time employment. As I mentioned earlier, though, it’s hard to really put one emotion above the other. Continue reading
Thirty-two…thirty-one…thirty. Thirty. Days that is. “Until what?” you might be asking. Until the first day of the rest of my life! Post-college, that is. (I’m going to quit being cryptic here in just a second). I’m talking about Graduation Day!
Not gonna lie. Being a graduating senior is pretty legit. I have #seniorstatus now, so that means I get to impart my wisdom on underclassmen about the best things to do in Tulsa, who the raddest professors are, and where the color printers are on campus. It also means that I get to say things like, “You know, when I was your age, we called it ACAC – the Allen Chapman Activity Center – (it’s officially ‘The Union’ now, but in my heart it’ll always be ACAC; imagine how the Aflac duck would say – yep, that’s exactly how you pronounce it).
Speaking of things not being the same anymore – things aren’t going to be the same anymore! My senior friends are going to travel near and far and do wonderful things in the world (but seriously, though – my friends are joining the Peace Corps, going to medical school, participating in Teach for America, getting great jobs – basically, they’re working it). What am I going to do you might ask? Well, in the words of my environmental ethics and conservation professor, Dr.Hill, I am going to flourish! (She likes to ask us every day in class if we’re flourishing – and if you answer ‘no’ too many days in a row, you need to make a change in your life; kind of like that Steve Jobs quote about asking yourself if you’re happy with your life; it’s okay if you’re starting to have an existential crisis right about now – those are normal when your life has boundless opportunity!). Continue reading
Here’s a picture of me (far right) with the Governor of Oklahoma! I just won 1st place in a poster competition at the capitol with my TU friend (mid right) winning the overall competition. On the surface, it appears my college career has been full of success. And I have had my fair share. However, if there is one piece of insight I could offer high school students who are entering college soon, it’s that for every success of mine that ends up on TU’s Facebook account or in the newspaper, there are at least three other times I have failed.
Just this week: I was lackluster in an interview for a chair position for a club I liked and didn’t earn the position. I lost an election to be treasurer of University Ambassadors after making a speech in front of 100 people. I even lost my apartment keys.
My rate of success is only 25%, but luckily there are a tremendous amount of opportunities at TU. Professors have connections to industry internships and National Science Foundation grants. There are chances to study abroad. There are club presidencies and Student Association positions where you get to organize school-wide festivals for events like Homecoming and Spring Fest!
I’ve interviewed and applied for and been rejected for nearly all of these things. However, the secret to success isn’t to be successful at everything, but to at least try for all the opportunities you desire so that even if you only succeed 25% of the time, you’re overwhelmed with all of your success! It is this attitude that has garnered me internships in Japan, NYC, and Colorado, presidencies and vice-presidencies of clubs, and even poster competition prizes at the capitol with the governor.