Before you vote…

So today is Election Day! I have already voted but I won’t say for who…

But before you vote I want to tell you some things I learned about at “A Center for the Americas Roundtable: the Foreign Policies of Clinton and Trump.” This event was held a while ago on October 24th but I still think about it even today. OU Faculty and Staff held a panel where they each talked about different aspects of foreign policy and the stances of each candidate on foreign policy.

Some of the major things I recall the most is that:

  • Clinton wants to end the embargo with Cuba and supports the opening toward Cuba
  • Trump is not for Cuba
  • Clinton wants us to partner with Syrian Rebels
  • Trump wants to work with Russia against ISIS
    • Trump also believes that the Middle East needs a “strong man” policy

There are a lot of things you should know before you vote. I highly recommend taking the political quiz at isidewith.com. It’s very helpful.

I’m really glad that OU offer these types of events because it is very helpful that OU tries to keep its students informed about politics.

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Hello World

This year has been quite interesting. Mostly because of what I’ve been making plans for…

yes you guessed it, I plan to study abroad.

Where?

Hopefully Scotland this summer and then Mexico next fall. I have applied for the Psychology in Scotland program and I am applying for the OU in Puebla, Mexico program.

I’m so excited for both! I’m nervous about leaving my friends and family but I’m super excited about studying in a completely new country. I am stressed about the classes and the workload but I have faith in myself.

Studying abroad takes a lot of planning and if you truly want to make it a reality you have to work for it. You have to make the appointments, meet with the advisers, do the applications, and never forget to follow up.

I am going to make studying abroad a reality this year.

*fingers crossed*

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Global Engagement Day

I went to the chat session on Global Engagement Day and it was really fun listening to others’  study abroad experiences. I felt that it gave me a lot of insight of what to expect for my study abroad experience. I like to know that studying abroad really does change your life in many ways.

It was also fun learning about how other countries treat Americans, the ease of travel in Europe, and how studying abroad can be challenging at times but it is always rewarding.

Global Engagement Day really made me look forward to my own study abroad experience. I can’t wait to travel and see the world, I am excited for the challenges and journey that awaits me.

I highly encourage my fellow peers to study abroad. Even though I have not study abroad YET, I know it’s one of the best college experiences one can have.

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OU Cousin’s BBQ

Last Thursday I went to the OU Cousin’s BBQ. I had a really great time! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, I even got a free cowboy hat and bandana. I brought two of my closest friends with me to show them how OU Cousins gets down.

I think this event was great because it showed part of the American culture to our OU Cousins. I had a lot of fun because they taught us some line dances and I knew one of them so the instructor had me go up with my friends and teach the rest of the crowd how to do the line dance.

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It was a great event but it made me think of all the international events that I went to this year. When you go to an event to learn about another culture the best thing to do isn’t just to watch and observe but to associate what aspects of that culture resonate with your very own life and to appreciate the differences.

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French Film Screening: Homeland (Ne quelque part)

So tonight I went to a french film screening held in Meacham Auditorium here on campus.

It was a very interesting movie partly because it was in French and had NO  English subtitles. Also I don’t speak French!

What I got from the movie was that a french man in his twenties went to another country and made friends and stayed at this old home. One of his friends who at first was a very good friend stole practically everything from him and then after that it was confusing because stuff was happening but I didn’t understand because it was all in French. But he made more friends and at one point all of his friends were in a boat except one and I think they wanted the one to come with them but he was like I can’t. I think this was a sad moment in the movie. Then the guy and his friends hide in cargo on a bigger ship and they go back to France. It was quite a bad experience for the main character. Then he gets arrested and his girlfriend or ex girlfriend bails him out I guess. And then it ends with him leaving and hugging her… also I think he was supposed to be saving the old home he had been staying at but that didn’t work out.

I think it was a very good movie I just wish I knew what everyone was saying.

Maybe I should learn french??

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Eugene Onegin the Opera

So a couple weeks ago I went to see the opera Eugene Onegin with my mom. I really loved the show, it was so much better than I expected. My mom and I had never been to the opera before and my birthday was just a couple days later so we celebrated my birthday by going to the opera.

OU has an excellent theatre and dance program! I was taken away by the performers’ voices and the dancers’ dancing.

I don’t want to spoil the show so I won’t give any of it away but if you ever get the chance to see Eugene Onegin, well I highly recommend it for everyone to see.

I really enjoyed it because I felt as if I was transported back to that time in Russia and as if I was a country girl singing about love.

For my first time at the opera it wasn’t bad at all and my mom loved it too!

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Wadjda the movie

I loved watching the movie Wadjda! It was such a good film and that fact that it was filmed in Saudi Arabia by a Saudi director makes me feel like I got an honest representation of the culture.

The story is about Wadjda a young girl who lives in Saudi Arabia and dreams of having her own bike. But its frowned upon for girls to have bikes, and Wadjda’s mother won’t buy her one. Wadjda wants the bike so she can race her friend Abdullah, one of the neighborhood boys. Wadjda ends up selling hand made bracelets and mixtapes so she can save up for a bike. And eventually ends up entering a Koran competition so she can use the prize money to buy a bike. I won’t tell you anymore, you’ll just have to watch the movie yourself.

I really liked this movie because it opened my eyes to cultures outside of my own. It showed me the vast differences between cultures and made me realize that the world is bigger than just America. I mean I knew that, but I didn’t fully know that.

A lot of things that seem normal and natural in the United States is quite the opposite in Saudi Arabia. The movie showed how girls weren’t supposed to wear nail polish, or let men see them, and how an 11 year old girl can marry a 20 year old man, how a husband can make the decision to marry again because his first wife isn’t able to give him a son. The movie shocked me but I really enjoyed it.

The ending was very sweet and I highly recommend everyone to go watch this movie!

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My Response to “The World is as Big or as Small as You Make it” video

So I just watched the “The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It” which is from the Sundance Institute and is on Vimeo.

11 minutes and 50 seconds of pure awesomeness. 

Its about an organization that gives the youth a chance to learn about the world through social media and internet.

Imagine being able to talk to someone who is on the other side of the world where you can ask them about anything.

These kids had the chance to make connections with people from all over the world.

I really liked the video because it inspired me to not just stay in my little world. I need to get out there and learn about what is going on in the world. I’ve never been one to pay attention to the news but after watching this video I just want to know more about how others experience the world. I want to learn about cultures different from my own.

It’s important to know what is going on in the world, not just in your town. There’s a bigger world out there but its accessible, its not out of our reach.

We just have to make the connection.

I highly recommend that everyone should watch this video. Its really nice and important.

 

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Let’s Go Thunder!

This past Sunday I went to a Thunder Game with OU Cousins.

I really had a lot of fun watching the game with friends. My cousin wasn’t able to come but I still had a good time.

It was my first time going to a Thunder Game and I am really glad with how it turned out. The game was extremely close, so close that in the last quarter the other team had made a comeback. I didn’t know if the Thunder were going to be able to win the game, but they did! Just barely. The last quarter was so intense but I loved it.

I’m glad I go to have this experience because of OU Cousins. Hopefully I can go again next year.

I definitely recommend everyone joining OU Cousins because its just the best opportunity to make new friends and learn more about other cultures while having a great time.

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Diwali Night!

So I am posting this a bit late but a couple weeks ago I went to Diwali night!

I first heard about Diwali night at the union where I saw a flash mob of people dancing and they were promoting Diwali night. I figured I should definitely go and check it out, so I did. I also brought along my dad and brother.

Diwali night was on November 14th, at 6 p.m. The theme of the night was a tour of India, they had tourists go through India by watching performances of the different customs of the different parts of India.

I loved watching all of the performances especially the southern Indian performances. I really liked it when Tamil Nadu did the raga– which means  a pattern of notes having characteristic intervals, rhythms, and embellishments, used as a basis for improvisation. Below is a recording of Tamil Nadu. I truly loved her performance.

What I loved about Diwali night is that it connected with me and taught me about a whole other culture that I never truly knew about. I also learned that on my dad’s side of the family I have a great great grandfather who migrated from India to work on the Panama Canal in Panama, his name was Cedric Rampasad. (which explains my grandma’s history on my dad’s side of how her family got to Panama.)

 

I’m glad that I went to Diwali night, and I can’t wait to go to another international event!

I wonder what else I will learn?

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