“Global engagement” doesn’t just happen outside the United States. What are some ways that you’ve become more globally engaged while attending OU and living in Oklahoma?”
Before coming to OU, my idea of being globally engaged was traveling to various parts of North America and reading the news, which at best only happened occasionally. Since arriving here for school, I’ve grown in many ways, including my involvement and interest in global engagement.
During my first semester, I participated in OU Cousins, which pairs an international student to an OU student. As I explained in a previous post, two of my friends and I had the same girl. Though I have met people from different backgrounds and nations, I’ve never met a student my age who was studying here from a different country (she was from France). I appreciated the few times we were able to get together because I will soon be studying abroad, and it was interesting hearing her talk about her experience abroad at OU. Throughout the semester I also attended numerous discussions about topics concerning events and people from all over the world. I will admit that some of them sounding pretty boring, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed listening to all of the speakers (though some more than others).
Second semester I became involved in different activities. Instead of participating in OU Cousins again, I opted to tutor international students at a local high school after school. For most of these kids, English is their second (or maybe even third) language. So it was sometimes challenging to tutor the students when they didn’t always know what I was saying.
I liked all of the things that I was involved in and attended, which I honestly did not expect. The different events and organizations that I participated in helped pique my interest in global affairs and the world around me. While I will be gone next semester, when I return I look forward to becoming involved again, whether it be in the same programs or something completely different.