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.
When 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
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with Jesse K., a senior Applied Math major from St. Louis, Mo.
What have you learned about yourself at TU?
At TU, I’ve been able to discover new things about myself that I may have never discovered at a larger institution. Having never before written for a newspaper, I jumped into a staff writing position on TU’s student newspaper, The Collegian. Filling the void for sports writing, I had my pick of the sports topics, and I even took on my own weekly column. After just a year on staff, I filled the position of Business and Advertising Manager. At a larger school, I don’t know if I would’ve been able to have as much opportunity in four years as I’ve had at TU in just one year. At a larger school, I don’t know if I would’ve had the courage to embrace something so new. But, at TU, my fellow students welcomed me into The Collegian community, and I discovered my love for sports writing.
What do you like most about serving as a University Ambassador?
I’ve embraced being a University Ambassador as an opportunity to both give back to my school and to help show high school students that they can find a home at TU. I’m honored to represent The University of Tulsa. Plus, it’s easy to talk about TU’s top-notch academics, competitive athletics, beautiful campus, and welcoming community. Ultimately, I hope to let prospective students know that they can find a home at TU. Continue reading