TU students share their experiences studying abroad and participating in the TU Global Scholars Program. The TU Center of Global Education (TGE) will walk students through the study abroad process and will help them with everything from obtaining a passport to figuring out how classes and internships abroad can transfer for credit. The CGE is a one-stop shop for all things global!
Today’s blog post is written by Brittany James, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo. Brittany will be graduating in May and recently accepted a position with Kiewit Engineering and Design Co., in Kansas City.
It’s hard to miss the beauty of Tulsa’s campus on a gorgeous spring day. With the bright sun, vibrant blue and yellow flowers and pristine courtyards, it is a gem like no other. However, the best spots on campus are sometimes those places outsiders don’t know about. Get the 411 on the Top 10 Cool Spots on Campus below!
It’s not every day you can read a first edition Frankenstein or a bible straight off the Gutenberg press, but TU’s Special Collections has everything you need from original World War I memorabilia to more James Joyce artifacts than you knew existed. 10/10 recommend stopping by to pay them a visit!
THE LIBRARY STEPS
Whether it is sunrise, mid-day, or when the stars populate the sky, nothing beats the view of downtown Tulsa from McFarlin Library’s steps. It’s where I go whenever I need to think or update my Snapchat story. Stick around long enough and you’ll probably witness a TU proposal first hand.
SOLD OUT REYNOLD’S CENTER
There’s nothing that compares to a sold-out basketball game with everyone on their feet cheering the Golden Hurricane on to victory. Running across campus because your 10 minutes late for your honor society initiation since the atmosphere had you too fired up is different story…
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROJECTS LAB
To the untrained eye, it may look like a heap of unorganized metal and wood, but it’s actually student innovation at its finest. From the 3-D printer to the laser cutter and the mill to the lathe, nothing is beyond the imagination of TU students hard at work.
ALEXANDER HOGUE ART GALLERY
TU students are incredibly talented in all fields and art is no exception. The Alexander Hogue Gallery exhibits the best of the best. It’s always a good time to appreciate fancy art, eat some mini appetizers and pretend you’re not a poor college student for the night all while admiring the talent of people you’re lucky enough to consider your friends.
It’s not every day you can pretend you’re going long for a Hail Mary on your very own Division 1 football field with your friends, but I’ve lived the dream on Skelly Field. Students turn it into an intramural softball diamond in the spring or simply stop by to kiss the 50 yard line excited to be a part of the tradition.
LORTON PERFORMANCE CENTER
Whether it’s Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota serenading us with their velvet voices or the TU theatre department bringing down the roof with their next Broadway production, the talent in this building is phenomenal. I sometimes hope when I’m in there some of their talent will rub off on me considering I can’t even clap on beat.
The closer we get to summer, the more and more TU students you’ll find throwing a Frisbee around on Harwell Field or soaking in some rays. Sometimes you’ll get extra lucky and people will bring their dogs along to play. Don’t forget your sunscreen though because that after-finals nap on the fresh grass might not be as nice as you might think.
ANYWHERE IN A HAMMOCK
What’s a better way to appreciate our campus than relaxing hammock style?? With the fresh smell of flowers and bright blue skies, a hammock can even make reading a textbook a tolerable afternoon activity.
STUDENT UNION PERGOLA AND FIRE PITS
Whether it’s a slightly chilly night or a warm summer day, the Student Union pergola and fire pits are the best place to go to relax. With twinkle lights, a warm fire and comfy seats, it’s incredibly easy to curl up and pretend you’re in a lodge in Colorado. It gets your mind (and stress levels) off campus without even leaving.
I hope you can tell the less than square mile coverage that makes up the place I call home is full of surprises and fun spots. What makes it even better is the amazing people you get to share these great places with.
Tulsa is home to a number of unique music venues, each bringing in a different crowd and mood. Here are seven of the best:
7. Reynolds Center – This is the basketball arena for The University of Tulsa. It made the list because once a year, TU has a week of fun called Springfest. This themed week includes exciting events, games, raffles, and more food than imaginable. At the end of the week, TU brings in an artist voted on by the students. We’ve seen bands from Misterwives and The Mowgli’s to Imagine Dragons to NEEDTOBREATHE (2017). The Reynolds Center may only host a concert once a year, but it’s sure to be spectacular.
6. Foolish Things Coffee House – While many local Tulsa coffee shops bring in live music, Foolish Things does it to the next level. They host several events per month highlighting varying local artists. The ambiance of the modern yet quaint little shop has a New York-esque vibe in urban Tulsa.
5. The Vanguard – The Vanguard is an intimate music venue in the heart of the downtown Brady Arts District. Concerts here are guaranteed to be affordable, fun, and loud. The Vanguard has hosted bands like Nevershoutnever, Colony House, The Wombats, and several local Tulsa artists.
4. The Brady Theater – This allegedly haunted theater also resides in The Brady Arts District. Its medium size accommodates larger artists such as The 1975, Ben Rector, and Ke$ha. The building was built in 1914 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Cross visiting one off your bucket list while enjoying live music!
3. The BOK – The Bank of Oklahoma building is the largest venue in the Tulsa area. Its downtown location compliments a weekend dinner at a local restaurant. The BOK is relatively new, and has had wild success. Bands from all genres have played here, including Brad Paisley, Ed Sheeran, Eric Church, Imagine Dragons, The Black Keys, The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, Chance the Rapper, Billy Joel, Journey, Miranda Lambert, Greenday, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and more. This venue brings in popular artists and creates spectacular shows.
2. Guthrie Green – Guthrie Green is an expanse of grass in the middle of downtown. During First Friday Art Crawl, there is always live music playing, kids playing in the fountains, and couples dancing. When The Green is not being used for live music, there are people practicing yoga, doing barre, taking pictures, and enjoying the outdoors. But the real excitement surrounding Guthrie Green is its yearly music festival, Center of the Universe. Center of the Universe is relatively new and recently took a year off to make the upcoming year’s festival extra special. In 2013, its opening year, OneRepublic, OKGO, and Neon Trees headlined. The next year, Young the Giant, Foster the People, and Capital Cities. The following year, Panic! At the Disco, Three Days Grace, and American Authors. The Center of the Universe festival perfectly illustrates the growth of Tulsa’s music scene in the last few years.
1. Cain’s Ballroom – Cain’s Ballroom takes the number one spot for music venues in Tulsa. It is rich in history, as it was a popular performance location for Bob Wills in 1932, as boasted on the stage. It then became a popular dance hall, and now serves as a historic music venue. It is a smaller venue, but proudly hosts vibrant, upcoming bands appealing to all genres. Cain’s has recently hosted The Head and the Heart, Young the Giant, The Mowgli’s, Band of Horses, Eli Young Band, and others. This iconic venue provides a closer experience with the band.