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Month: December 2015

My TU Family

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Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Leonardo Landivar, a sophomore Petroleum Engineering major from Bolivia.

Deciding to come to the University of Tulsa was the best decision I ever made. I would say this University is the right one for me. My high school in Bolivia was very small, so I knew a small university would fit me more perfectly, and that is what TU did. Small classes result in a great learning environment and a great teacher-student relationship. Teachers are always willing to help you if needed, and they will try their best to make you a successful person. Relationships like these are not possible at larger universities because the classes are so big that the teacher won’t even know your name. But that is not the case at TU.

Another factor that I really enjoy about the University of Tulsa is the school spirit felt here on campus. Feeling identified with the University is one of the best feelings one can have. Everybody cares so much for each other that it actually makes you feel like home. There are days when I totally forget I am 5,000 miles away from Bolivia due to the nice environment TU provides for its students.

In addition to this, being part of Greek life really helped me get to know a lot of new people. These guys, that started out as strangers, become your friends and end up becoming your brothers.

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The TU community is so diverse. I recently realized I have friends from all over the world. Luckily, language is not a barrier of communication since we all have English as a common language. This allows us to share different students and ideas about our culture and also understand the way people from different places of the world think.

Coming to The University of Tulsa has been a great opportunity for me. I can’t wait for the next semester to start and to meet new people while learning for our future. I believe The University of Tulsa is providing me with the right tools to be a successful person and to help my community.

First Fridays In Tulsa: Taking A Break From Studies

IMG_3077Today’s video blog comes to us from Haley A., a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

This past weekend one of my best friends and I escaped the stress of finals at a First Friday event in downtown Tulsa.

On the first Friday of each month, the Brady District hosts an art crawl that is open to the public to give exposure to local artists. There were plenty of food trucks lining the streets, so we grabbed a quick dinner before exploring the galleries.

One of the first stops on our art tour was a glass blowing shop. They offered a free demonstration, so we had the chance to watch them in action. After that, we went to the downtown location of the Philbrook Museum of Art. One of my favorite aspects of this gallery was the interactive experience they offered. At select pieces of art, there were long strands of ribbon in various colors. Guests had the opportunity to choose the color of ribbon that best represented their understanding of the artwork. At the end of the tour, we tied all of our ribbons together and then hung them on a structure in the lobby.

The Zarrow Center for Art and Education was also a fantastic gallery. They offered free hot chocolate and appetizers, and there was a live band playing. This center has a partnership with The University of Tulsa’s School of Art, so it was nice to see TU connections in the Tulsa community.

Exploring events downtown is a great way to escape campus for a little while. There are a number of fun activities in the Tulsa area, and I can’t wait to discover more!

20 Reasons Why Tulsa Is Actually A Happenin’ City

Aerials 2007056From The Huffington Post:

Don’t believe what’s said about cities in fly-over states. Tulsa, Oklahoma has got it goin’ on.

With its vibrant food culture, ever-growing art scene and rich history, the oil capitol is bursting at the seams. This makes it the perfect place to visit for a quick vacay, food crawl or shopping spree. Plus, the people couldn’t be nicer, which puts the cherry on top of this up-and-coming destination.

Click here to check out 20 reasons to head to the spirited city nestled in the northeast corner of Oklahoma.

 

Learning Through Real Life Experience

IMG_5118Today’s blog post is from Katie S., a junior Communication major from Des Moines, Iowa.

The best classes are those in which you get to work on real projects and see your ideas executed. In the Communication department, I get a lot of opportunities to do just that.

My favorite course I’ve taken at TU is the National Student Advertising Competition class. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) hosts this national competition for college chapters across the nation each year so that students can learn the industry by actually developing a full advertising campaign for a national client. This client provides every school with a case study, providing a basic outline of the industry they are in, as well as the history of the product and past marketing campaigns. This case study also introduces the problem that the client wants us to try and solve.

IMG_7845We conduct extensive research on our client, their industry, and their competitors. We come up with a concept or big idea, centered around our specific target market, and designers on our team make the vision a reality with creative executions. We create a “plans book” for the client to outline all that we have learned and created. We also write and memorize a 15-minute presentation.

The best part of the class is traveling to the district competition. Last year, our client was Pizza Hut. In April, we drove down to Dallas, Texas, to compete against all of the other schools in our region. AAF judges and a Pizza Hut representative watched our presentation and hosted a question and answer session with us. Our team came up with a Spin & Win concept for every time you order Pizza Hut online or through the mobile app. The judges loved this idea, and we were awarded Best Promotion.  We got to spend the rest of the night celebrating and enjoying Dallas before traveling home with our trophy and feedback from the judges.

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LaFortune Hall: A Window To The World

Jordan HoytToday’s post was written by Jordan Hoyt, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

One of my best decisions I made during my college career was deciding to room in LaFortune House and be part of the International Living Community. This is one of the most underrated residence halls on campus and was a perfect home for my sophomore year. It could be your home, too!

LaFortune House, or “Lafo” as it’s called by some residents, is home to suite-style living, rooms with sinks, and a huge lobby area fit for hosting equally large weekly international dinners. American students are mixed in with suites of mostly international students and through this they are given amazing opportunities to experience different cultures. If you’re hoping to learn a new language, this is the place to do it since nearly every major language is represented!

1384304_10151980137646095_1405049235_nThis experience also offers a unique view of your own way of life. During the first snow of every year, many of the international students get to see their flakes falling from the sky. Teaching new friends how to make their first snowman, teaching them American football, or taking them trick-or-treating on their first Halloween is by far one of the best ways to feel like a joyful kid once again.

1380353_10151980137481095_1789269793_nLaFortune is located right next to the Reynolds Center (home of the TU basketball and volleyball teams), H.A. Chapman football stadium and Lorton performance Center. It’s location makes it a hub of entertainment on campus. It’s also reasonably close to the engineering buildings. And let’s be honest, TU’s campus is small enough that it only takes 10 minutes to get anywhere on campus.