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My Take On TU: Engineers Without Borders

In the fall of 2017, a group of students from The University of Tulsa’s Engineers Without Borders-USA chapter traveled to the country of Bolivia to conduct site assessments for an upcoming service project. Working with Engineers in Action, a nongovernmental organization formed in Tulsa, five undergraduate students, TU EWB-USA chapter co-adviser Laura Ford, a professional mentor, an Engineers in Action engineer, a translator and a cook embarked on a 10-day adventure that led them to the East Andes mountains of Bolivia, through large cities and small villages such as El Alto, La Paz and Machacamarca.

My Take On TU: Engineers Without Borders

In the fall of 2017, a group of students from The University of Tulsa’s Engineers Without Borders-USA chapter traveled to the country of Bolivia to conduct site assessments for an upcoming service project. Working with Engineers in Action, a nongovernmental organization formed in Tulsa, five undergraduate students, TU EWB-USA chapter co-adviser Laura Ford, a professional mentor, an Engineers in Action engineer, a translator and a cook embarked on a 10-day adventure that led them to the East Andes mountains of Bolivia, through large cities and small villages such as El Alto, La Paz and Machacamarca.

My Take On TU: Studying Abroad As A Student-Athlete

TU guard Ashley Hughes earned a basketball scholarship to play with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team as a shooting guard and served as the team’s co-captain in her senior year. When she decided to attend TU, she knew she wanted to study abroad. By working with her professors, she was able to participate as a student-athlete and study in Spain her senior year.

My Take on TU: JumpStart TU in Panama

Students from The University of Tulsa recently returned from JumpstartTU in Panama, a leadership program designed to prepare freshmen for university life prior to beginning their first year as college students. Participants experienced cultural activities and participated in a three-day intensive academic field project learning about biodiversity, global trade and world consumption.

 

My Take on TU: Globalization

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!

My Take on TU: My Life as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor

sina 2Today’s My Take on TU is written by sophomore Sina McLin. She is double majoring in Art History and Arts Management, as well as earning a certificate in Advertising. Sina is from St. Louis, Mo., and studied abroad this summer with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program in Italy.

Going into my sophomore year I wanted to join a group that really captured my drive for academic achievement and my passion for traveling abroad.  Over this past summer I studied abroad in a small medieval town, San Gemini, Italy.  I loved the uniqueness of my program, as I studied ceramic restoration, and how supportive the Center for Global Education was during the application process.  They were available for questions any time I needed them and encouraged me to pursue a program that was catered to my academic goals.  When I returned to the United States I wanted to share my positive experience and help guide other students with the process of going abroad.  The logical organization to accomplish this was through the Center for Global Education.

img_7197I was hired as a Peer Advisor at the beginning of the semester and love every aspect of my involvement.  This year there are five Peer Advisors.  We each have a unique perspective having collectively studied in Italy, South Africa, Spain, and New Zealand.  A meeting with a Peer Advisor is the first step in the study abroad process, as I help students search and explore different programs that interest them.  Meeting one-on-one with students is my favorite aspect to my job; I meet with people from diverse backgrounds, assorted majors, and different levels of travel experience.  I love how interconnected the Center for Global Education is with the entire campus.

img_7287Along with advising students, I also give classroom presentations to students around campus to inform them of study abroad opportunities at The University of Tulsa.  The Center for Global Education strongly advocates for every student to study abroad.  Through the classroom presentations, we are trying to change the perception of study abroad.  The study abroad experience is accessible to everyone in any major, it isn’t unaffordable, and it will make you a stronger candidate when applying for jobs.  I believe that all students should study abroad during their time at TU, which is why I became apart of the Center for Global Education.  Study abroad helps students become better world citizens, opens up job opportunities, and allows students to gain experiences that they can’t get from a classroom.

img_7791The experience I had abroad in Italy has shaped my vision for the rest of my time at The University of Tulsa.  I gained a new life perspective that I want to continue to grow, and I plan on doing just that through more study abroad.  I am immensely thankful to be apart of the Center for Global Education’s efforts to get more students to study abroad each year.  I have first hand knowledge on how valuable the experience is and how it can both enhance your time in college, and impact your life.

Life Abroad After Graduation

Life after graduation… It can be a daunting thought. There’s a lot of planning that takes place throughout college, and it all leads up to the big question seniors hear day in and day out during their final semester:

“So, what’s next?”

For many ambitioucge-1-blog-8-18-16s and daring TU grads, it’s working abroad. Adjusting to post-graduate life is a transition that every TU student faces eventually, and some are taking it on by diving headfirst into another country, its culture, and the expectations of a foreign workplace.

Abbey Reynolds, Class of 2014, graduated and moved to London, England for an internship at a fashion public relations firm.

“Work was crazy, fast paced, and incredibly fun. I would gather clothing samples and send them to places like Vogue and beauty bloggers. I read magazines and newspapers on a daily basis looking for organic mentions and placements of our clients from editors in Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire. I ran all over London picking up clothing samples and mailing products. I even made tea for the office! Which is actually totally different than the way Americans take it.”

Abbey embraced her London life, work load and all.

cge-2-blog-8-18-16“The fashion world is mesmerizing. You have to start from the bottom and work your way up. It was a lot of work, but so worth it. In my spare time on the weekends and weekdays, I was all over London. I wanted to see everything and eat everything.”

Abbey offers her advice to TU students about planning for life after graduation.

“I applied for this opportunity totally on a whim through The Intern Group. When I look back, I’m so glad I took a chance, seized the opportunity, and ran with it! Go abroad. Get uncomfortable. Thrive.”

Abbey has since returned to Tulsa and is working in Advertising Sales at KJRH-2 Works for You TV.

What A Difference A Year Makes

sina 2Today’s blog comes to us from TU sophomore Sina McLin. She is double majoring in Art History and Arts Management, as well as earning a certificate in Advertising. Sina is from St. Louis, Mo., and studied abroad this summer with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program in Italy.

When I left home for college I didn’t know what to expect.  I had been told countless times that the next four years would be the time to discover myself and what I was most passionate about; a time to travel and meet new people and make the memories of a lifetime.  I can honestly say that my first year at The University of Tulsa was everything people kept telling me, and abundantly more.

I experienced so much during my first year that it almost seems surreal.  I got an Internship my first semester at a non-profit art gallery in downtown Tulsa called 108 Contemporary.  I was the Art Administrative Intern and that experience helped me declare my major.  I decided to double major in Art History and Arts Management and to get a Certificate in Advertising.

Sina 1My ceramic artwork was displayed in two student exhibitions:  the Core Connections Student Art Exhibition at Living Arts of Tulsa, and the Gussman Juried Student Art Show held annually at TU.

I received the School of Art Scholarship by submitting my ceramics portfolio and the scholarship has been an important factor in my college experience.  I interacted with the fine arts faculty prior to starting my first year for the review of my portfolio and to interview for the scholarship, so I was acquainted with a few faculty members before officially arriving on campus.  It was comforting to see familiar faces when I went into the art building the first day of classes and to have people already know my name.  While I didn’t decide to major in ceramics (as I initially intended), the department made it easy for me to keep pursuing ceramics, something I have been passionate about since eighth grade.

Sina 3The School of Art Scholarship also influenced my ability to study abroad this summer with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program in Italy.  The Art Scholarship allowed me to manage my financial resources and facilitated my ability to participate in the study abroad program.  I took two classes for TU credit on Archaeological Ceramics.  Not to sound cliché, but it was the most amazing experience I have ever had.  My favorite academic aspect of the trip was restoring a plate from a tomb burial that was from the 2nd-1st century BCE.  The plate was almost 2,000 years old and it was incredible being able to handle and preserve a piece of history.

Like all study abroad programs, my time in Italy wasn’t all work.  I lived in a small medieval town, located in the province of Umbria, which was full of culture and a deep sense of history.  Living in a small town was a unique experience for which I am deeply grateful.  I quickly became familiar with the town and was welcomed at the grocery store, gelateria, pizzeria, and the butchers with warm smiles and boisterous greetings.  I met many people and learned so many new things that can’t be taught in a classroom.  I explored surrounding cities in Umbria such as Assisi, Perugia, and Orvieto.  I also traveled to Rome and spent the weekend with my friends exploring churches and getting to view in person some of the artwork I had learned about in my art history classes at TU.

sina 4The support and encouragement I found in the art department faculty, specifically from my art history professors Dr. Olds (who is also my advisor), Dr. Maurer, and my ceramics professor, Whitney Forsyth, was inspiring. I wouldn’t have accomplished all that I did in my first year without them.  They were constantly there to encourage me and embolden my creative and academic sides.  I look forward to the next three years at TU and the adventures and opportunities that await me.