This past semeter I have been giving alot of thought into going to Puebla to study abroad. I have met several people that seemed to really enjoy there time they spent there. Another bonus for this center is there are shadowing opportunity that are offered for students interested in the medical field. I think the only thing that is holding me back from signing up for this study center is I want to sudy abroad where I am forced completely out of my comfort zone. That way I can improve my spanish skills. I feel that maybe just doing an exchange program where I am not able to take any english classes. I have met with an advisor to go abroad but I am still unsure exactly which direction I plan to go in. All I know is that I need to despartly work onmy spanish skills. I thinking about going to a country that offers an intensive spanish course that way I do not struggle to much with my classes and navigating around.
This lucheon was very informative especially since I feel as though we just dealt with the same thing here in the US. Watching a small clip of filmaker Maria Ramos documentary was enlighten. I had never really paid attention to brazilian politics. Aparently there was corruption at bay that included many politicians and when the public got light of this there seemed to be alot of finger pointing. One thing Ramos that said that stuck out was how she felt that the country of brazil is divided. Which is how I feel that the United states has become since our last elections. Also when she described the politicians that were up to become president she did not seem thrilled about either candidate almost as though it came down to choosing the lesser of two evils which is how I felt this last election went for the united states. Another thing that intriged me was when Dr. Kinney spoke on reduces the brazilian goverment corruption scam to a conspiracy would allow us to ignore underlying social factors that are set in places that allowed this corruption to take place. I found this idea to be very interesting since in our own goverment news alomst every other day there is some talk of a conspiracy that occured in the last election without noone focusing on the structures that are set in place that allowed the so called coruption to be able to take place. I enjoyed this lucheon , I was able to learn alot of things in regard to the brazilian government and see both the differences and similarties it had in regards to the US govenment
This festival was awesome. There was so much to do and yes the inner child in me was tempted to get on a ride but due to my growing hunger I was able to surprees my urges. There so many food trucks to choose from however in the end I ended up going to a truck that had street tacos on the menu. Once I had finished my tacos I went to the rides. And of course when you visit any true festival you must get a funnel cake. This was probably the highligth of my night. I love funnel cakes. They were so good. I also went around and looked at the booths that were setup and saw skulls that were painted as well as dolls , and tshirts. The art work was amazing. I walked around for a bit then settled into watch the performances on stage. They were really good my favorite would have to be everyone. Now sincemy spanish skills a limited it helped that my friend was able to translate. I can not wait to go to the festival next year especially since I plan to bring more money.
I always seem to enjoy the first GEF meeting of the year. With everyone going in twenty different directions its cool that we can all get together and discuss what we have been up to. THE PARTICULAR PART I enjoy the most is hearing the members discuss the differet places they have been. I also love when older members tell younger members to go abroad alone. I feel this is the best advice one can give when it comes to studying abroad. As a freshman I was very afraid to step out on my own and do my own thing. I FELT THAT i need to have a friend to go abroad with or I would not enjoy it as much. Which is so far from the truth it is not even funny. I loved getting out and being on my own, when I went abroad and look forward to doing so again. Another part I enjoyed of the meeting is that we split off in groups my the places we traveld or are interested in traveling. I always find myself in the Central/Southamerica group. I know I have one last opportunity to travel abroad however I have no idea which country to go to.This meeting always serves a dual purpose for me, one is I get to catch up with other gef members and the other is that it reminds me that I need to plan my secound trip.
I really enjoyed myself decorating cookiesand talking to international students. This event was a great way for me to end a rather stressful semester. This even also allows you a easier way to get to know international student without it being so awakward. From my last experience with decorating cookies I improved my decorating skills. So this year when I attempted to spell “JOY” on my cookie it looked alot better. One international student I had the pleasure of meeting was named Charlie she is from Shanghai China.I was dicussing with her about her major which i was surprised that she was a advertising major.She is honestly the first person I had come across on campus that was an adverstisng major which was pretty cool. Unfortunatly shes only here for one semeter but she seemed to really enjoy the classes she took here. I then began to ask her what she thought of american food. I was surprised that she loved burgers and disliked tacos. She also said that were she is from is very americanized and how clubs play american music which was intersting since i could not think of a club in the US that played chinese music.Some how we landed on the topic about shopping and how she was brave enough to go “black friday” shopping. I was so surprised that she loved it so much and it was what made her feel like oklahoma was an actual city. She seemed to love that there was so many people which was very funny to me since big crowds overwhelm me and I tend to aviod them at all cost. I really enjoyed talking to Charlie and glad this event was offered. I look forward to going again in the next fall.
This morning, I went to a class that I was not particularly looking forward to taking. I walked into History of Science until the Newton/17th Century. It was just as much as I expected. Our professor is from the Netherlands (I believe), and he has an accent, but he seems very passionate about the material. For the first class, we went over a brief timeline of events and writings and studies that the course will cover. Most of our material will draw from the 4th Century BC and the 17th Century AD, or Ancient Greece philosophers and thinkers and the Scientific Revolution. The course will mostly cover material on ancient sciences, nothing like what we study now. We will analyze the philosophy of nature, alchemy, astronomy, medicine, and astrology.
As we went over different subjects of science that we may be studying, Dr. Vermij asked, “What is science? What subjects should be considered science?” and another student answered, “Whatever subjects have sufficient scholarly material on them?.” Dr. Vermij explained that science is always changing and gave the example of astrology. Human beings have been studying astronomy since the beginning of time, looking up at the “heavens” for answers and guidance. For many, this meant using the stars and planets to predict the future. Nowadays, we see astrology as a fun, silly column of news that no one truly believes.
If science is always changing, so must the scientists that study these subjects. I believe that this also includes physicians and doctors. Medicine is a science that is constantly being changed and improved upon. There is a need for flexibility in medicine that is often overlooked. The connotation of the hard sciences is strict and precise. There is no room for error or leeway. I believe that this is not completely true. Much of scientific research is guessing (though it is very educated guessing) and then checking or changing.
The saying goes, “it is not a perfect science.” But there is no perfect science. Science is always changing, and it is always being redefined, whether those definitions are bound by ethics, discovery, or social change.
This is a late post for me because the past month and half has been crazy! In between finals and enjoying the holidays this post went over my head. Well we back!
Last semester, I had the privilege of participating in the Italian baked sale and let me tell you it was AMAZING!! Not only did we have brownies and cookies but we also had awesome Italian desserts. I wish I took pictures but I forgot :///
one of the Italian professor even made tiramisu. And let me tell you it was sooo good. It’s even making my mouth water. I’m not a big sweets gal but for some reason I tried the tiramisu and it was life changing. It was almost as good as my moms ((((ALMOST))). I encourage everyone to try to desserts when they get change.
ps. More post should come soon.
love you all!!
Hope you have a great spring semester
Last semester, I was involved with Arabic Film Club. The club met every other week on Friday afternoons and members spent time watching Arabic films and cartoons. My favorite meeting was when we watched Emara: Emirates Hero. The show features a girl named Emara, who we quickly discover is a superhero in disguise. We were only able to watch the first season and although it ended pretty abruptly, it was very interesting. In the show, Emara is a strong, young woman who fights crimes. This cartoon was especially interesting to me because I normally wouldn’t expect an Arabic cartoon to feature a female super hero. I am glad I was a part of Arabic Film club because I would never have watched an interesting cartoon like Emara in my own time.
Last year, Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace agreement, ending a dispute that had been waging for many decades. the conflict first started in 1998 when Eritrea invaded Ethiopia because of disputed land. However, a peace agreement was signed in 2000 to end the bloody dispute. In the end this peace agreement wasn’t effective because Ethiopia later claimed it was dissatisfied with the final deal and tensions quickly emerged again. Since then, there has been a very unstable border between Ethiopia and Eritrea until just last year. Fortunately, this new peace deal will establish lasting peace between the two countries.
One sad but influential world event that happened last semester was when Jamal Kashoggi was murdered. Jamal Kashoggi was a columnist for the Washington Post and often criticized the Saudi Arabian government. On October 2, Kashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate but he never left. At first, the Saudi government claimed that Kashoggi left the consulate alive, but later admitted that he had been murdered inside the consulate. Even after admitting this, the Saudi Arabian government denied any involvement in the murder. However, the CIA later concluded that the murder was ordered by that the Saudi crown prince ordered the assassination. This event was so influential because it caused diplomatic hardships between Saudi Arabia and many of its allies, including the US. Since then, many countries have cancelled their arms agreements with Saudi Arabia.