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Top 5 Reasons To Go Home On Spring Break

IMG_5118Today’s blog comes to us from Katie S., a junior Communication major from Des Moines, Iowa.

It’s Spring Break at the University of Tulsa, which means I could go to a beach or take a road trip with friends to somewhere exotic; but instead, I am taking one of my few opportunities during the year to go home to Des Moines, Iowa. It’s at least ten degrees colder than Tulsa on any given day, making it a less than ideal Spring Break destination, but once you leave for college, you’ll find there are a lot of reasons to enjoy going home. Here are my top five

IMG_6936 (1)1. Home is where the pets are. – Though I have made many strong, lasting friendships at The University of Tulsa, no one will ever be as loyal or loving as my dog. Each time I come home, she is so overcome with excitement that her whole body wags, rather than just her tail, and she leans on me demanding attention for hours. Pet deprivation is one of the most difficult things about living on-campus, so I soak up all the quality time with my furry friends that I can while I am home for breaks.

2. Food made with love. – No matter how good Chick-fil-a is (and I can confirm that it is very good) there will come a time when you miss meals from home. For me, it is my parent’s spaghetti that I miss most, and it’s the first meal I ask for when I get back. Not to mention the fact that by some mysterious magic, the fridge at home is always full! It is a welcome break for my stomach and wallet to stop eating out and enjoy some home cooking.

3. Enjoying all the local spots I miss. – However, if I do decide to eat out, I get to choose from all of the restaurants that I can’t visit while I’m at school – B-Bops, Centro, Zombie Burger, and more. If I bring someone home with me, I love to go to my favorite places in town and show off the local cuisine. This extends beyond just restaurants, as all of my favorite shops get a visit while I am home.

IMG_26494. You get treated like a celebrity. – Your neighbors, your friends’ moms, your parents’ co-workers…they are all so excited to see you and find out how everything is going. They ask you all kinds of questions about your life at college and make you feel very important for picking a major and waking up by yourself and all of the other little things that you accomplish on a daily basis.

Not only will the adults in your life be excited to see you, but also the reunion with your close friends from high school is a relief, because often these are friends that know you better than anyone. They have seen you through your various life phases (and braces) and they still love you anyway, and can’t wait to see you.

5. The ability to drive. – My freshman year, I didn’t have a car on campus, and while that was never a problem, I relished the opportunities I got at home to drive around my favorite place, blasting the radio and chauffeuring my friends and family. At college, you get a lot of freedom and independence, but it doesn’t match the feeling of being behind the wheel for the first time in a long time with a full tank of gas, especially when you are home and feel confident in your ability to drive around and not get lost.

College is great. It is exciting and hectic and challenging and fun. But sometimes, this means that you need a break to catch your breath. Home is a great place to get some rest and relaxation and see the people that mean the most to you.

 

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.

 

Tulsa Time: Get To Know Us

IMG_0618Today’s blog post is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

When I was going through the college selection process my junior and senior years of high school, people always told me that I would “just know” which college was best for me. This totally freaked me out. I was determined to research all of the schools in depth, make lists of the pros and cons and endlessly worry about where my future would be. Little did I know, Tulsa, one of my top schools, offered a unique opportunity to help high school seniors “just know” if TU was the right fit for them: Tulsa Time. 

Tulsa Time is an overnight program hosted by the University during which high school seniors stay the night with a Tulsa student to get a better understanding of what a typical day at TU is really like. The overnight stay offers the opportunity to get a feel for the atmosphere on campus and a personal look into the lives and personalities of the current students. The students who host Tulsa Time attendees are very excited to share their experiences. We enjoy being able to show off everything we love about TU and give others the chance to fall in love with it, too.

Tulsa Time offers a variety of activities. Visiting students have the opportunity to go on campus tours, city bus tours, attend a banquet dinner with other students, sit in on classes, attend a variety of info sessions, and participate in get-to-know-you activities such as “S’mores and More” and “Cane Connections.” I always recommend that students go on a campus tour because (obviously) you need to know what the campus itself has to offer, but I’m also a big fan of the city bus tour and encourage everyone to take advantage of one. I gave the city bus tour at the most recent Tulsa Time and will volunteer to do it at every opportunity in the future. It was a lot of fun to be able to show potential students what the city as a whole has to offer and where around town my friends like to go to eat and have fun (mostly eat).

IMG_5664Many TU students attend Tulsa Time as high school students, fall in love with the university, and then want to be a host the following year to provide the same support to other students going through the same process. One TU student, Abby Kucera, attended Tulsa Time TWICE as a high school senior, and then she hosted her own student at the first opportunity her freshman year. She wanted the chance to share her story about why she picked TU with people who were in the shoes she filled just a year before.

As a Tulsa Time attendee, Abby loved how it provided her with an inside perspective of the school from both an academic and social perspective. Through Tulsa Time, she had the opportunity to sit in on classes and talk to professors. She said it’s one thing to hear about small class sizes and phenomenal professors, but it takes it to another level to experience that as a high school senior. Tulsa Time gave her confidence in her college decision because she was able to draw on her own experiences when making her pros and cons list as opposed to just relying on what she had heard about other’s experiences.  Overall, Abby says her favorite thing about Tulsa Time is that she met some of her future best friends through it.

IMG_0303And I would have to say that’s what Tulsa Time is truly about. When you pick a college, you’re not just picking a place where you will earn your degree; you are deciding on a community where you want to live for the next four years. Tulsa Time gives you the opportunity to “just know” like nothing else can.

NOTE: The next Tulsa Time Overnight Visit Program will be held November 12-13, 2017.