One Year Later: Estonia

One year ago I had about a month and a half left in the country I studied abroad in: Estonia. This was a bitter-sweet time for me. I had just finished my final exams at the university there and was getting ready to travel the countryside of Estonia in rented cars with my friends. I […]

Liberalism is Such a Drag

I have been deeply disappointed in this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. For those who are straight or a far edgier kind of gay than I, RuPaul’s Drag Race is the iconic drag competition show (formatted much like America’s Next Top Model) that, over the past decade, has become a cornerstone of the LGBTQ+ community, […]

International Event: Panel on Refugee Crisis

One of the other events I attended over the course of the 2018 Puterbaugh Festival was a panel that discussed Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest book, Go, Went, Gone. The book is based on interviews that she conducted with dozens of refugees living without official sanction in Germany. The topic of the influx of refugees from various […]

On Closure

When I was in ninth grade a teacher posed this question to our first year rhetoric class: “If you could live forever, being eternally reincarnated and always remembering your previous incarnations, would you?” I was extremely surprised to discover how many of my classmates would turn down this opportunity, saying that all of eternity would […]

Reverse Culture Shock (Not)

They always say when you return from studying abroad you will have intense homesickness for your acquired country; warnings about reverse culture shock are rife and uttered in intensely somber tones whenever you are preparing to go away. When I returned from studying abroad, however, I had no such experience and I want to share […]

World Literature Today

For my international activity this semester I was lucky enough to be accepted to an internship at World Literature Today. WLT is the University of Oklahoma’s very own internationally recognized literary magazine. Issues are published bimonthly and they cover the literary world through reviews, interviews, and excerpts of recent and upcoming works of authors from around the […]