OU in Puebla Ambassador Part 2

Hello y’all,

Once again I am writing a post about being an OU in Puebla Ambassador! 1. I still love being able to boast and support the OU in Puebla Study Abroad program. 2. I definitely want to go back to Puebla!

This year I was able to support the OU in Puebla study abroad program by participating in Mexico week. I had a ton of fun just being able to tell other students about the OU in Puebla program and really showing them how great it is to study abroad (specifically in Puebla). It was exciting to be able to talk about Puebla with other students who did the OU in Puebla program (just at other times).

Honestly, when I think about it, this study abroad program is truly wonderful. I love how it takes feedback from the students and implements it into the program design. The Ou in Puebla program now has a summer Pre-med program. This program is constantly improving. I truly hope that it is able to develop more and more each year and that more students are able to have the opportunity to see what Puebla offers.

S

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Senior Year!

It is my final year! Which means this is the last year of posts for this blog. Lately, I have been very reflective of my time here at the University of Oklahoma. I have defintely changed since I started my journey at OU. I am more open minded, culturally aware, mature, and adaptive to my environment. One of the reason I have to thank for this growth and development of mine is the opportunity that OU gave me. Because of this university, I was able to study abroad not once BUT twice. Because of this university I have made friends from all over the world and have gotten to learn so much about different cultures that I would not have been able to learn in a classroom. Because of this university I get to meet people from all over the world without even having to leave Oklahoma. There are so many itnernational events on campus and Ou’s international community grows every year. I am so glad of the opportunities that OU has given me and I just wanted to write an appreciation post.

Anyway, here’s to senior year!

S

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Mr & Miss OU International

I forgot to post about this after the event, however, this past semester I went to the Mr & Miss International Pageant here at OU. I loved it. It was so great seeing so many students represent their home countries and show amazing aspects of their culture. There was a lot of energy and talent on the stage. I was very glad to see that many of the people on the stage were some of my classmates and friends. I love all the pageants that OU hosts because they are a way to put a spotlight on our students who often don’t get to take the stage. It is also a great way for the OU community to learn more about cultures different from their own. And yes, 10/10 I would recommend going again!

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Mr & Miss OU International

I forgot to post about this after the event, however, this past semester I went to the Mr & Miss International Pageant here at OU. I loved it. It was so great seeing so many students represent their home countries and show amazing aspects of their culture. There was a lot of energy and talent on the stage. I was very glad to see that many of the people on the stage were some of my classmates and friends. I love all the pageants that OU hosts because they are a way to put a spotlight on our students who often don’t get to take the stage. It is also a great way for the OU community to learn more about cultures different from their own. And yes, 10/10 I would recommend going again!

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OU in Puebla Ambassador

Ever since I came back from Puebla, I felt a bit empty inside. I decided to become an OU in Puebla Ambassador as a way to fill up that Puebla sized hole in my heart. Being an OUP Ambassador is a way for me to connect to Puebla and to also connect others to Puebla. It’s so fun to share my memories and to reflect on my time when I was in Puebla, Mexico. I hope that by being an ambassador I am able to encourage other OU students into choosing Puebla as their study abroad destination. I hope that I am able to go back one day but for now I’ll settle for being an ambassador.

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OU in Puebla Ambassador

Ever since I came back from Puebla, I felt a bit empty inside. I decided to become an OU in Puebla Ambassador as a way to fill up that Puebla sized hole in my heart. Being an OUP Ambassador is a way for me to connect to Puebla and to also connect others to Puebla. It’s so fun to share my memories and to reflect on my time when I was in Puebla, Mexico. I hope that by being an ambassador I am able to encourage other OU students into choosing Puebla as their study abroad destination. I hope that I am able to go back one day but for now I’ll settle for being an ambassador.

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The Shock from Coming Home is Still Reverberating Through Me

So I have been home for more than a month.

It has been a hard month. In the best and worst ways.

I am so glad to be with my friends and family. I love talking about Puebla. I am so happy to haveĀ  my car.

But….

I miss Puebla sooo much. OU is familiar and new all at the same time. SO MUCH CHANGED while I was gone!!

And for the first time in 3ish years I am not living away from home, I don’t have roommates. I am a commuter. So the new lifestyle dynamic added to the shock of being at home.

It’s weird not speaking or hearing Spanish.

And no I am not fluent in Spanish and no i can’t tell you how Mexico was in 2 minutes. A lot of people will ask me about Mexico which I love to talk about, but they expect like this short quip while I’m on my way to class and just passing by and I can’t sum up Mexico in such a short time.

And I desperately want to travel again but at the same time I don’t want to leave home.

Culture shock is very real. And people adjust and deal with it so differently.

It has been hard for me but going through the shock tells me that Mexico had an impact on me.

– S

Also now I am one of those people who adamantly says the “Mexican” food here in the US is not Mexican food. Before I was totally fine going to TBell or Taco Mayo and thought that it was good but after living and eating in Mexico…. they don’t even compare.

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NISO Peer Mentor

So since I recently returned from studying abroad I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the international community. Which led me to becoming a Peer Mentor for the New International Students.

I am so glad to be able to have this role because it is such a fundamental role here at the OU campus. The fact that I can be someone’s resource, friend, and guide while they are on there study abroad experience is amazing to me. Studying abroad is so life changing (IK cliche but TRUE) and it’s helpful to have someone who knows the way around to show you the way around.

So far it has been pretty nice. I answer questions. I hang out with my peers. I feel them about events and resources on campus. And these things may not seem like a lot but for me when I was studying abroad these things saved me. It’s nice to know whats going on when you are in a new environment.

– S

 

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Game Night

So a couple weeks of go, IAS hosted a game night for international students. I went and had the best time. It was a fun night because I got to hear so many different languages and learn about so many different cultures.

I love surrounding myself with people who are different than me… that’s how I grow and learn more about myself and others.

Also I learned a couple of Turkish words! And no I am not good at pronouncing but it was exciting to learn a different language. Languages are so interesting.

Anyway I am just glad I had the opportunity to get to know the international/exchange students here at OU. Since I was just an exchange student in Mexico I understand the experience. It’s nice to have plenty of friends when you are a foreigner in a foreign country.

– S

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Travel Bug

After studying abroad for a semester in Mexico I can definitely say that I have the travel bug. I am so happy to be going home but I also want to travel even more after studying abroad. I got to see so many things in Mexico that taught me more about the culture, language, people, history, and place than any class could ever teach me. I want to learn more about the world. Traveling seems the best way to do that (albeit it is also the most expensive way lol).

So I hope I have the opportunity to travel again in the near future. I encourage everyone to consider traveling if they have the opportunity to do so. You learn how to be independent, you learn more about your culture when you learn about others (I do so by comparing the differences & similarities) and you have the chance to make so many new connections around the world.

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