My first year of college started out a bit rocky, but it ended with me feeling like I have a new home. I already wrote a review of my first semester, so I’ll primarily focus on my second semester here.
My first semester classes were pretty easy and didn’t require a lot of work or studying out of me. I began second semester assuming it would be the same way but was knocked over by the work load of my new courses. I became super familiar with the library this semester, as I basically had to learn how to study and buckle down. It was a lot more challenging for me, but I ended up loving it because I enjoyed my classes and learning so much. (I know, I’m a nerd!) My favorite course of the semester was Principles of Advertising because for the second half of the semester we were split into groups to develop our own ad campaign for a local company. It required a lot of work, but it was really rewarding to see our complete presentation at the end of the semester. I managed to end the year with a 4.0, so I’m celebrating that while it lasts!
I became more involved with my sorority because I moved in house and became the Marketing Director. I get to run the chapter’s social media, which is super fun because I get to celebrate the cool things my sisters do and work on visuals. I got a lot closer with friends and found people I really click with. I spent lots of nights staying up late and laughing with them.
I got to explore Tulsa more as a city and go to some cool concerts. Somehow I managed to see 2/3 of my favorite artists this semester. I saw Lorde over Spring Break, and she put on the most incredible show. Last week, I saw Beach House, which was a magical way to celebrate the start of summer. Of course I went to my share of coffee shops. As cool as the city is, campus usually has enough going on, so I really didn't leave all that much.
A lot of first semester felt lonely because I was personally having to adjust to a new life in a new place. Second semester, I gained a sense of community with where I was, and I felt a lot of growth in that direction. I grew so much in general, having to commit to more time studying and improving in general. I missed Fayetteville a lot less as I saw what TU had for me. Many of the supportive and high-achieving people around me made this process so much easier and comfortable.
Before I started this year, multiple people told me that after a year any college will feel like the place you're supposed to be. I didn't believe them because I was stuck in thinking that there were better options that I just didn't have access to. But now I feel pretty confident in that. If you go to a school and put yourself out there, you'll meet wonderful people and make endless memories. I'm already counting down the days until move-in day in August!
I'm trying to post more this summer-- at least once a month-- so expect some more posts in the near future!