The Covid-19 pandemic has affect everyone in some way or another. It has affect in the healthcare world in relations with the ICU beds filling up quicker than one would hope. The topic that I has not been talked about as much is how tourism has been impacted. Although, it has seen an increase in the last couple months since countries began to re-open is still not the same as if covid-19 was not here. I think it is important to look into what countries have been impacted the most with the lack of tourism and how one can help. It is not ideal to travel right now but when we get an opportunity one needs to focus on traveling to these countries compare to others that did not suffer as much. The countries I have in mind are smaller islands like Fiji, Belize, The Bahamas, and others. I know there’s a lot of people dying to travel once it becomes safe again and these are places one should look into. Europe is always high on people list to travel but we need to focus on countries that took the biggest hit during this time. Also, these are all beautiful places full of culture. I hope to help these countries once I can.
NACE international is non-profit professional organization for the corrosion control industry. I became part of this organization because of both my major and my dad is part of this organization as well. One can become part of this as a student whose major is related to corrosion control. As a chemical engineering major I saw this as an opportunity to connect with others in the same field. This is a great opportunity to connect with others from around the world that work in the field in hopes of getting more information about the international industry that I hope I can be a part of some day. Although, this year we had to miss the yearly convection in Houston; I will look forward to going in the future. I know we are focus on in campus international clubs that we forget that there are organizations beyond Norman. I will look forward to update this blog as I become more involved in NACE.
It isn’t a surprised that New Zealand handled the coronavirus better than the majority of countries around the world. Not only are they back to “normal” but, they are at 0 cases. It is crazy to think about going to the store without a mask or being able to go to concerts. They closed their borders fairly early and had one of the strictest lock downs in the world for this to happen. I always think about what it would have been like to have that kind of lock down where only one person was allowed to leave your home for months. I wonder if the US took as serious as them if we would be back to normal as well. The main thing that comes to my mind is that the size and ideas of the USA compare to New Zealand are very different as well. So it is easier for a smaller group of people to comply with the government. Another issue that people don’t seem to mention is how bad the economy suffered in New Zealand for those months that everything was closed and if business there think it was worth it. I look forward on getting New Zealand help next year when it comes to controlling the spread of the virus. I am looking forward to see if some of the things that were done there will help us too.
I study abroad in the summer of 2018 in Italy and it was a blast besides so tiny events that made me a stronger person now. That tiny event was breaking my foot; you can hear more about that in previous posts. That being said I need to study abroad for one more summer before I graduate in 2022. I am having a hard time trying to decided if I want to look for an internship abroad; I think that might be the smartest thing. Or if I want to take my upper division western civ classes abroad. It depends as well on where I want to go too. I’ve been to Europe so I want to do something different next time around. I want to go maybe to Australia, Africa or Asia. I guess I am not as familiar with those places so it will be awesome but scary at the same time. I am planning to do it the summer of 2021 at some point so maybe by the end of this semester I will have a better plan. I will keep this blog updated on the journey it takes to figure out where to study abroad and maybe the steps to go abroad.
This semester I had the chance to once again be a part of the OU in Arezzo study abroad ambassador. I had so much fun being a part of this program not just because I got a cool shirt haha but because I get too hear other peoples stories about Arezzo. Nothing beats listening to past study abroad students talk about their experience because it as soo different. For example, not everyone can say they travelled with a broken foot like I can but they can tell me about their airplane experience. It is also cool hearing about all the other countries everyone has study abroad in besides Italy. It gives me ideas on where I want to study abroad next since I need to do one more summer. It is also unique that everyone comes together to listen to everyone and not get annoyed. A lot of past study abroad students will agree with me that your friends after a while get annoyed with stories or memories about your experience but these people don’t. Also, it is awesome talking to students who want to study abroad and give them tips and tricks you wished you knew. I can’t wait to continue being an ambassador and see where I study abroad next!
This semester was my last semester being in the Italian Club at OU. I am not sure if I will be able to attend other events in the future since I am officially done with Italian. It was such a fun experience being able to practice my Italian outside of the classroom. The past two and half years that I was a part of this club it was so much fun. They held a ton of events that weren’t boring meetings but you got to do stuff. It was a bonus that being a part of this meant I would get extra points in the classroom as well. My favorite events from the Italian club had to be either the bake sale at the beginning of the fall semester or the movie nights. The bake sale you got to help out the club if you bought anything and usually they had really yummy snacks and during the move nights you got to watch movies I have never heard of but they were cool. It also made my Italian better and made me realize how much I was actually learning because I began to truly understand the movies.
Towards the end of the semester the Italian club host Italian Karaoke at Michelangelo Coffee in Norman. This semester was my first time going which was a blast. You get to be around other students with different levels of italian. It is a good way to meet all the professors in the Italian programs as well. It was a fun couple hours listening to songs I honestly did not quite understand. I was told it was a short karaoke because everyone quickly realized that we forgot the microphones but that was okay since everyone seemed to enjoy themselves at the end.
This year was my second year attending the study abroad fair and let me tell you a lot have changed since I was a freshman 3 years ago. When I went as a freshman I went to walk around and talk to people about my options to study abroad. I was quickly shut down when I mentioned my major which was disappointing to say the least. This time around I was in the OU in Arezzo table informing students about different programs. This time around engineering majors aren’t shut down so easily since now the fall semesters in Arezzo is mainly for science and stem majors. Although, I am to old since I have taken all those classes I am glad the future engineering majors that come to OU have this.
2019 started off pretty awesome if you asked me. I became a citizen of the US!! The process wasn’t new to me since I had a friend that went through it a year before me but I know it was new to my other friends. It started out with an application which was pretty normal if you asked me. The only shock was the price but it made understand why not everyone with a greencard becomes a citizen right away. The next step is pictures and fingerprints if you get approved and that was normal. The final step before you become a citizen is the test which for me was pretty simple since I took American History all my life but I was shocked that some of my American friends didn’t even though some of the simple questions….maybe everyone should take the test!! haha just kidding. The step after that was the ceremony which was pretty awesome because you are in a room with people from all over and you are all becoming a citizen.It was really neat meeting people who have been in the US for years and they are just getting their citizenship. Also, it was cool that if you had a child under 18 they also became a citizen that day if they weren’t. This journey make me really understand what blessing it is to be an American.
This day is honestly my favorite part of the spring semester. I have soo much fun learning about everyone’s experience abroad. Honestly, I am a broken record when it comes to talking about my time abroad and this gives me an excuse to tell people about it. I had an awesome time learning about how I wasn’t the only one that has a medical emergency when I went abroad. It makes me feel a little better about myself..hahaha!! I can’t wait for the spring so I can attend again and listen to everyone’s story who went abroad this summer. Also, I enjoy this day because it gives me a chance to meet people in this program since we don’t have meetings. I can’t wait to write about this day again next year.