Hi guys! Here is a short paragraph about me, and a few pictures that tell a little bit more about me!
My name is Sarah Mailot and I was born at St. Francis in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My parents are Kathy and Kevin Mailot, and I have a little brother who is three years younger than me named Jacob. I have three dogs: Lucy, Chloe and Dingo. Lucy and Chloe are sisters and they are 13 years old! They are doing very well for being so old. Dingo is 11 years old and is also doing very well. I went to Cascia Hall, a small school in Tulsa, for high school. I have many interests. One of my favorites is snow skiing. My family goes snow skiing every time there is a vacation. Because of this, I have decided that I want to live in the mountains when I grow up so I can ski all the time. At the University of Oklahoma, I am interested in being involved with the Society of Women Engineers and with my sorority. In my sorority, I just decided to run for the multicultural committee. I decided to do this in part because of what I have learned my Global Engagement class. I want to be able reach out to diverse student organizations. My major is mechanical engineering as of now. I have always liked math and science, and I interned at an oil and gas company in high school which helped me make a decision to study engineering. In high school, I was on the robotics and science research teams, which also helped me make my decision to study mechanical engineering. I applied for the Global Engagement Fellowship Program so I could have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester and a summer, and to learn Spanish better. One of my goals in life is to become fluent in Spanish, and the Global Engagement Fellowship Program will help me achieve my goal. I hope to learn more about myself and more about the world outside of the United States from this program. I also hope to learn Spanish on a fluent level so I can study abroad and learn more about different Spanish speaking cultures and countries.
Whole Family Jacob, Dad, me
Here is my 12th reflection! I think this question is very important to reflect on.
How do you hope to incorporate your experiences as a Global Engagement Fellow into your future career? How much of an impact do you think it will make? What will you do to maximize its impact?
Being a part of the Global Engagement Fellowship is very important to me. I love the fact that this scholarship promotes study abroad to college students at the University of Oklahoma. I think that studying abroad is very important for all college students to try and do if they have the opportunity. I have not studied abroad yet, but when I do, I’m sure I will have many experiences that I will want to incorporate into my future career. Actually, one of my life goals is to use my degree (mechanical engineering) to help improve water quality and make water easily accessible to citizens in Guatemala. I have had this dream since I was a junior in high school. Being in the Globally Engagement Fellowship class has made me want to achieve this dream even more because we watched a video document called “Living on a Dollar a Day” in Guatemala. This video series does a really good job of explaining the extreme poverty that is present in Guatemala, and what needs to be fixed. One of the main things that is not accessible to all people is clean water. I believe that being a Global Engagement Fellow will help me achieve this goal in the future. I will learn skills and tricks that will make my experiences studying abroad better and more meaningful. I will also have many resources to turn to for questions regarding studying abroad. I have already learned so much in my Global Engagement Fellowship class this semester. Many people think that studying abroad is not a big deal, but there are many things that must be taken into consideration to prepare for a study abroad adventure to make the time abroad the best it can be. I think that the Global Engagement Fellowship Scholarship and class will make a huge impact on my future career because I am being exposed to everything before I study abroad. In order to maximize the Global Engagement Fellowship class and scholarship, I will use all the information I have learned in class to thoroughly research countries that I am interested in and choose the country that best fits my needs and expectations. Just a side note that ties into this reflection: in my freshman engineering experience class, there was a speaker from NASA that graduated from OU and he explained to the class that many companies look to hire kids that have global experiences. He says that this is important because it allows individuals to think outside of the box, which is a skill that is necessary for engineers. He also explained that while he worked at NASA, there were service projects to help communities, and one of these service projects goals was to create an effective, efficient, and cheap water filter system for citizens in Guatemala. I love it when my classes talk about similar topics and relate to each other, and especially when it involves the bigger picture of the world.
Here is my reflection #11! Reflection #11’s prompt is stated below:
After the in-class debate about which organization to give money to, did your mind change? Which organization (Cornerstone, Susan G. Komen, Give Directly, or Against Malaria Foundation) do you think should receive the money now? Why?
After today’s debate in class, my decision about which charity to donate to has not changed. I still feel that the Against Malaria Foundation should receive a $100 donation. Many good points were brought up in class today that made my decision to donate to the Against Malaria Foundation even stronger. For example, one of my fellow classmates brought up the point that the Against Malaria Foundation provides direct protection against malaria. This means that people, and especially children, will not get malaria. Not getting malaria will allow a healthier life which, in the long run, will have many positive effects. One of these positive effects is that the children will be able to go to school and learn. Another positive effect is that adults will be able to work and provide for their families. The nets protect people from sickness. When people are not sick, they can work and go to school, which betters the community and economy as a whole. Sickness is very crippling to any family, and especially families in extreme poverty that can not afford proper medication to get rid of malaria. Another point brought up in class is that these nets are very cheap to provide for families in extreme poverty. This is important because cheap means that many nets can be distributed to help save lives. One counter argument brought up in class is that the nets have chemicals in them that can hurt the people using them. This is not completely true because it is not proven that these nets contain harmful chemicals.
We have been discussing charities in class this week. I have learned that researching charities before donating money to them is crucial to get the most out of your dollar–here is an organization that I believe is a charity to give money to. This is reflection #10. The prompt and my response are below:
Review the following four organizations. Which do you feel should receive a $100 donation? Why? You are expected to do some additional research into all 4 groups; their pages are hyperlinked below, and you’re also welcome to bring in additional research.
I feel that the Against Malaria Foundation should receive a $100 donation. I think they should receive the money for many reasons. The first reason is because providing nets for people in places where malaria is extremely prevalent and dangerous is cheaper than actually treating malaria once someone gets it. It is always better to try to prevent infections, rather than treating them. The nets also last 3-4 years, which is a long time. The second reason is because there are so many children that die and get sick. If a child gets sick from malaria many times, he or she will have a weak immune system and a weak body because of constant childhood sickness. It is very important for children to be healthy when they are young to provide a strong body and immune system for the rest of life. Also, if children are constantly sick, their parents will not be able to go to work; they will have to stay home and care for their sick child. This means that the family will not be getting as much money that they need. This means that if the child does get very sick, there will be no money to pay for treatments. The nets would help prevent malaria in the first place, eliminating all of these problems. One last reason that the money should go to the Against Malaria Foundation is that these nets will help the economy in Africa because it will allow people to go to work rather than being sick or caring for sick children.
Hello friends! This week’s reflection is my favorite reflection question so far! The prompt is stated below, followed by my response.
What do you think of Peter Singer’s arguments? Do you feel obligated to help those in need? Why or why not? If so, what are you going to do about it? If not, how would you support your reasoning to someone who sided with Singer?
I found Peter Singer’s arguments very interesting. He brings up many valid points throughout his talk that caused me to really think about my actions and how I can help those in need. I feel one hundred percent obligated to help those in need. In my life, I have been given everything; I have never felt what it is like to be hungry, thirsty, or homeless. One of my life goals directly correlates with the topics that are being discussed in class. Ever since I visited Guatemala on a mission trip in the 11th grade, I have wanted to help the people of Guatemala in any way I can. I am currently studying to be a Mechanical Engineer, and I want to get a minor in Spanish. Both of these are parts of my life goal, but I really want to use both of them together. At some point in my life, I want to be able to help Guatemalans receive the clean water that all humans deserve. In order to do this, a Mechanical Engineering degree would allow me to be able to think of ways to bring clean water to Guatemalans. Fluency in Spanish would also be necessary because I would need to communicate with local Guatemalans and with other engineers. I met a boy my age named Xavi in Guatemala. Xavi and I still stay in touch; we talk weekly on Facebook. Xavi has shared with me the hardships of living in Guatemala and how difficult it is to receive an education. Xavi also wants to be an engineer, but he does not have the resources to do so. However, he actually has an interview this week with a representative from a small college in Arkansas. I am so excited for him, and I hope his interview goes well. Along with bringing water to poor places in Guatemala, I also want to help individuals like Xavi to achieve their dreams by receiving an education.
My second International Event was located at the Second Wind Cafe on Campus Corner. Second Wind Cafe is a really cute and cozy coffee shop in case you were wondering! I go all the time now! Anyways, Jaci organized this event, and basically everyone that attended got to share and/or listen to others’ international stories. One of my favorite stories, told by another student, was about his visit to Japan with his mother when he was 12 years old. Long story short, he and his mother were traveling on a train, and he left his passport on the train. He realized that he had left his passport after he and his mother had gotten off of the train, so he just turned around and ran right back to where he was sitting to retrieve his passport! Well, as you can imagine his mother was probably freaking out by this point. To make matters worse, as he looked up to find his mother through the train windows, he noticed that she was slowly getting farther and farther away. He was only 12 years old and going somewhere far away from his mother in a foreign country where he couldn’t speak the language. I doubt many 12 year olds are capable of navigating train systems in the United States, and much less in Japan. He found his mother eventually because he was at Second Wind Cafe alive and well to tell the story! I found this story to be pretty funny (although I would not have found it amusing if I were the one that got lost in Japan), but this story also showed me that if a 12 year old can find his way back to his mother in Japan, I can basically do anything. I will always keep that story in the back of my mind when I study abroad. I know that I can figure anything out; it might just take a little bit longer than expected.
Here is my reflection #8! The prompt is below.
What did you think of the different perspectives you have encountered regarding diversity issues in study abroad? In what ways have you experienced being the “other” or outsider? Or have you? Do you have any fears about studying abroad in terms of your race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or any other factors? How do you plan to address those concerns?
There are many different perspectives that were presented in class that I have encountered. I have been the “outsider” in many situations in my life. For example, when I traveled to Jamaica on a mission trip with my church, I was very different looking compared to Jamaicans. I have blonde hair, blue eyes, and white skin, which is not what people in Jamaica see everyday. During the Spring Break mission trip to Jamaica, we worked with small kids to help them learn the basics in math and English. It is especially weird for kids to see people that look like me; the kids, boys included, always wanted to play with my hair. They also liked to touch my skin, and especially my face. There was even this one kid who was probably 1-2 years old, and every time he saw me, he freaked out and cried. It was a pretty weird experience overall with kids pointing and staring at you all day long, but after awhile I got used to it because I know many of the kids in Jamaica are not used to seeing people that look like me on a regular basis.
I do not have any fears about studying abroad regarding my race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. One goal I set for college is learning who I am and figuring out what I believe. I think this is why I don’t have any fears regarding these topics because I know who I am and what I believe. I will be sensitive of other people’s beliefs and values, and I will listen to their views to learn and broaden my understanding and beliefs about certain subjects and topics.
Here is Reflection #7!
What are your biggest fears or reservations about study abroad? What can you do to address them? How can we help?
I don’t have too many fears or reservations about studying abroad, but I do have a few. My first fear is getting lost in a foreign country. I am hoping to study abroad in Peru over the summer with the Journey Program. One of the reasons I chose this program is because the Journey Programs are more structured. This way, it will be much harder for me to get lost in a foreign country. For my semester abroad, I would like to be able to go out by myself in a foreign country, but for now I want to have a structured program so I can experience studying abroad without getting lost. Another fear that I have about studying abroad is that I will be miserable if I get sick. It is hard enough being sick at OU when my mom can’t take care of me! I know that is super cheesy, but it is so true! Moms make everything better, and if I get sick in another country, I don’t know what I will do! In order to prevent sickness in another country, I will get all required and recommend shots before I go. I will also research what kind of sicknesses are common in whatever country I visit. A helpful tip that I learned in class is to take all of the American medicines I might need for in case I do get sick. Medications in other countries can be different than the medications I am used to, so it is smart to pack any type of medication that I would possibly need. One last fear I have about studying abroad is that I do not want to lose anything extremely important! I have heard horror stories about people that lose their passports/ ID cards and can not get back into the US! This would be so scary! I will definitely have a purse/ small pouch that I keep on my person at all times with my important documents/ valuables. I will also try and keep other people from seeing it to avoid picket pocketing. These fears do not make me hesitate to study abroad. I know I will be just fine if I prepare for the adventures. I am so excited to study abroad and see the world outside of Oklahoma!
The mid-semester meeting that Jaci requires all of her students to attend is very helpful! Jaci and I discussed my video draft, three goals I have for becoming more globally engaged, and study abroad options.
The prompt is below, but I primarily wrote about my goals for the rest of my college career.
How do you feel your meeting went? Was it helpful? Why or why not? How’s your semester going so far? What goals do you have to make the second half of the semester go better? What will you do to implement them?
Jaci and I discussed my video project and how I can improve it. So far, I think my video project will be really cool. I have the overall draft ready, but I think my draft might be a little bit too long. I will use pictures to convey what I want to say with words. This will hopefully help me to cut out some of the words. The audio that I will use in the video will be my voice. I will narrate and explain the pictures on the video that help tell my story. I will also find a way to incorporate Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World song. This has been one of my favorite songs since I was a little girl, and it perfectly applies to my video project. Jaci and I also talked about my three goals for becoming more globally engaged. These goals are very important to me, and I would like to achieve them by the time I graduate from OU. There’s not really any way to gauge how much I have achieved of these goals, so at the end of each school year, I am going to look over them and asses my progress regarding each goal. Every year, I hope to go one step further than the previous year. My first goal is to understand the differences that exist globally and learn to embrace the differences. What I mean by this is that I would like to keep an open mind about everyone and everything — I want to learn more about other people and cultures. My second goal is to make friends that are different than me. I have already started to achieve this goal by joining OU Cousins and by meeting my friend Richa at Theta India Night (international event I attended). My last goal is to realize the impact that I have on other people in other countries by the way I act and carry myself. I think this goal will be able to be applied when I study abroad. When I go to another country, I want to keep in mind that people do not usually think highly of Americans, but I want to change that and prove them wrong. Jaci and I also talked about the different opportunities that I have to study abroad. I would like to study abroad to Peru on the Journey Program this summer. The Peru trip appeals to me because I want to be in a Spanish speaking country to practice my Spanish. The Peru trip also offers many outdoorsy type activities and service projects which sound so much fun! I love to hike and explore, so I think this trip is perfect for me. My mid-semester meeting was very helpful. I am appreciative that there are mid-semester meetings that are required because as a new freshman, college can get crazy and stressful. Having required meetings are important because teachers can help their students figure out what is important to them, and how to achieve certain goals.