Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Kyle R., a senior accounting and economics double major from Leawood, KS.
Being from Kansas City, when I first considered the University of Tulsa, I honestly considered the city of Tulsa to be a small-scale version of KC without the Chiefs or the Royals. I am a huge sports fan, so I had no idea how I was going to survive on just the Tulsa Drillers (our minor league baseball team) and the Tulsa Shock (our professional women’s basketball team). Sure, I had family in town, and I had been to Utica Square and Promenade Mall on occasion, but I knew nothing about sites and attractions of downtown Tulsa specifically. Furthermore, I didn’t really have much time during the school year to actually go explore Tulsa.
I will be entering my senior year, and each summer I have remained in Tulsa. The first summer was right after freshman year, and I worked on campus as a Resident Assistant in LaFortune Hall. The past two summers, I have been living with family while interning for WPX Energy, an upstream oil and gas company headquartered downtown. During these times, I have been so fortunate to have time to see what this great city has to offer, especially the area about five to ten minutes west of TU’s McFarlin Library steps we love to see on a sunny day: downtown.
It’s pretty cool working on the 37th floor of the Williams/BOK building because I get a great view of all the cool locations in the downtown area. Naturally, I see the great restaurants because I’m a sucker for good food. Just to give you an idea of what I ate in one week at my internship: Monday, Albert G’s BBQ; Tuesday, Dilly Deli; Wednesday, Guthrie Green food trucks; Thursday, Atlas Grill; Friday, Fat Guy’s Burger Bar. It’s nice being an intern and being treated to all of these places!
When I’m not going to get food downtown, I’m there for the entertainment. Downtown Tulsa has so many amazing places to check out. If you’re looking for a concert, check out the BOK Center, Cain’s Ballroom, or the Brady Theatre. If you want to go see a play this summer, research the great shows at the Performing Arts Center (i.e. Wicked is soon coming for a month!). If you just want to relax, head just across the bridge north of downtown to the Brady district and go on an art crawl, practice Zumba in the park at the Guthrie Green, or try even more delicious places to eat. (I warned you, I LOVE FOOD!)
So for all of you coming from cities ranging from Chicago to Ponca City, Okla., and everything in between – or even if you are a local Tulsan and you are afraid that you aren’t going to enjoy life in Tulsa – you are mistaken. In some capacity, you have the same fear I did: not wanting to change and not willing to adapt to a new environment. College is a time to love the opportunity to grow and reshape who you want to be. The city of Tulsa has grown on me, and I assure you that there is plenty to do both on and off campus. If you challenge yourself to find that balance, I promise you will appreciate the University and the city that much more.