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  • Writer's pictureTaylor Fleming

Kicking Off Year 2

Howdy from the Sooner State! I hope my first blog post of sophomore year finds you well. I had a great summer back in Albuquerque spending time with friends, family, and the pups, but I was excited to return to Norman and set out on a new adventure. Here are some updates from my first month back in OK!

  • Perhaps one of the best parts of sophomore year is putting dorm life behind me. I moved into my first apartment this year with my previous roommate Avery and our friend Lilly. It was a bit of a rocky start to the living situation as our unit was in dire need of a deep clean and some new appliances (somehow the previous residents had blown a hole in the top of the microwave...) However, we've managed to put our touch on it and make it feel like home. (I'll include a virtual mini tour in the photos below.) We've been enjoying the facility's other amenities this month too, especially the lovely pool.

  • Before I knew it, it was time for school to start! My classes this semester are: Global City & Planning Issues, Principles & Practice of Urban Planning, Intro to Urban Development, and Intro to Spatial Thinking and Computer Mapping. The latter is my first foray into GIS, my new minor. So far I've really been enjoying all my classes. I have some good professors and find that each course's material complements the others nicely. My classes are interactive and full of guest speakers, site visits, and hands-on projects. I'm excited to see where they take me this year!

  • Since I have a bit of a lighter course load this semester, I decided to take on another job at OU. While I enjoyed working at the museum, I worked a lot of nights and weekends and decided I'd rather have those free. Just last week I accepted a position with the OU Faculty Senate as an office assistant. The Faculty Senate is essentially what it sounds like – a group of faculty members representing the various academic departments who meet monthly to review and discuss changes at OU. I'm excited about this job as it offers incredibly flexible duties and hours. More importantly, I'll be able to learn more about shared governance at OU and interact with some important people, including the university's president, provost, deans, and a variety of faculty members. It's a "learn on the go" type of job, but I know it'll teach me some important skills and I'm looking forward to it.

  • On the fun side, I've made it a goal of mine to explore more of Oklahoma this year. I've been taking walks in a local nature park where I often see critters like snakes and turtles. Over Labor Day weekend, Avery and I took a day trip to "Little Niagra Falls" in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (southern OK). The name Little Niagra was a bit generous, but we enjoyed exploring all the little falls and creeks in the area. It was a fun way to spend a day!

  • For all the Sooner football fans out there, I went to my first game last night. OU beat Kent State 33-3, so we're off to a good start. We'll see how we fare against Nebraska (a longtime rival) next weekend!

That's all the big news from me for now. I'd say it's been a successful first month back in Norman and I'm excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store for me. I hope you have a great start to your fall and I'll be sure to keep you posted on the latest happenings from OK!



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Kathleen Kinkopf
Kathleen Kinkopf
Sep 12, 2022

PS--Yep--it should be called "Little-Itty-Bitty Niagra," which would still be an overreach:)


Kathleen Kinkopf
Kathleen Kinkopf
Sep 12, 2022

Love reading the update on TF life! Apt. sounds fabulous. Congrats! Looks like you've made it your own. Happy to read all your news (except for OU beating Kent State). That said, have a wonderful semester. The classes and job experience sound wonderful. Have fun and stay safe. xo K&E❤️


Sep 11, 2022

Looks like you’re off to a great start Taylor! Have a great semester!

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