I booked a plane ticket to fly to Chicago and live there for the next three months. That’s right. Downtown Chicago. Within a one-mile radius of Millennium Park, the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute and Navy Pier. I’m definitely excited, but I’m also sad about the things I’ll be leaving behind here in Tulsa as I head off to my summer internship.
Here are some of the things I’m going to miss most:
- Five Stars on Five Dollars– Food is delicious. Tulsa food takes it to the next level. There’s a good deal for college students every night of the week. From burgers and fries at McNellies to $3 pizza slices at Andolini’s and my all time favorite $2 puffy tacos at Elote, you’d be hard pressed to say I ever go hungry. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is light, fun and top notch. I will definitely miss the slightly embarrassing feeling of being able to call up one of my favorite restaurants and have them know who it is based on my order.
- Postcard Status– Before leaving for summer, I walked around campus sighing about how beautiful TU really is. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of finals and I’m just really happy, but I don’t think you can argue that TU is a hidden gem in the middle of the Midwest. The blue and yellow flowers with McFarlin in the background and the sound of graduating seniors ringing the bell in the distance makes me fall in love with it all over again. It makes me feel safe and happy, and there is no doubt that TU is my home away from home.
- What’s a stranger?- Walking across my beautiful campus is only made better by the fact that I see familiar faces everywhere I go. Whether it’s a good friend, someone I sit next to in class, that one guy who went to the same meeting as me, or the girl I see in the Chick Fil A line at lunch every day, Tulsa students are just flat out friendly. The number one reason I chose to attend TU was I felt like I would fit in well with the student body and find people who had similar goals and values as me. That still rings true and it creates a vibrant community of friendly, kind, driven, intelligent, and fun-loving people. I am thankful to be a part of this family.
- QuikTrip- The inaugural entrance into TU student life is your first trip to QT- and after that? You’re hooked. I’m going to miss the random trips (whether it’s 2pm or 2am) to get a coke, peanut butter M&M’s and ice cream whenever my heart (or stomach) so desires. It’s the perfect 10-minute study break complete with snacks, a car jam or two, and, most likely, some ridiculous shenanigans.
- Random Times are the Best Times- My eating schedule isn’t exactly “normal” and my sleep schedule is completely wonky. But I love that some nights I go to bed at 3am, sometimes I have Mexican food at 11:15 at night, and sometimes I wake up at 4am to study. From being an engineering student to a student tutor and a leader on campus, you could say my schedule is a tad hectic. But I appreciate that every day is a new adventure and no day is ever the same.
There are a lot of perks to being a TU student (actually it’s the best job in the world), but the number one, top of the list, all summer long thing that I will miss is my friends. I’m going from living in a house with 26 girls in the middle of good ole Oklahoma to a single apartment in downtown Chicago. You think I’d be psyched. But in reality, I’m going to miss always having a friend to run to Starbucks with, someone who will start a movie at 1am with me, and somebody who is willing to consume more ice cream than our body weight together.
I’m going to miss always having a friend who listens when I’m stressed about school or boys or life (because sometimes it is hard). And most of all, I’m going to miss the people who make me happy when we’re all sitting in a room doing something as boring as homework, having someone to laugh with about all things ridiculous, the game nights and the movie nights, and the people who are just about the best people I know. Sure, I’m going to make lots of new friends this summer and have some amazing experiences, but there’s no doubt I’m sad to be leaving Tulsa and the people that make it great. In fact, I’m already counting down the days I get to see them again.