I had the honor and privilege to listen to Linda Sarsour l, a Pakistanian women that advocates for her Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as all other marginalized groups. She spoke to us about the issues facing America, and opened my eyes to the other injustices faced by groups that we rarely think about. I always had my attention on injustices my black community faced; however, going to this event made me aware that we aren’t the only marginalized group. She spoke about how we should advocate for each other and get out of the silent majority. Her speech was very poweful, for it made me want to do more in the community to see a change. There are many things needed to be fixed in our world, and Linda vividly stated many.
During this event, I learned a lot about Brazilian corruption. The speaker talked about how Lula’s trial was unjust and needed to be re-evaluated. Before the speaker spoke, we ate lunch and introduced ourselves. I felt alittle out of place because I was the youngest one there, and barely knew anything about foreign policies, but hey it’s worth a shot! Thoughts began to race through my mind, as I was trying to grasp all of the information he was saying. He even discussed the corruption within the courts and law enforcement, as they’re pulling further away from abiding by “The Rule of Law.” Overall, this was an awesome experience because I was informed about a foreign issue.
I first started this organization last year, and I’ve continued it this year. I love this organization because it emerges me into different cultures. My cousin, Michaela is very sweet. She’s a very interesting person, and going out with her helps me learn more about her culture and morals. We go out to eat a lot and talk about certain issues and ideas. I love hearing her side of things because I can get a different viewpoint from my own nationality. I love being a part of OU Cousins, and I hope to do it again next year.
I went to this event, and it the room was filled with excitement. This event took place in the OU Library, and there were a variety of study abroad opportunities. I am interested in studying abroad to Rio for a semester, so they talked to me about the immense opportunities there, and I began to get extremely excited. I tried this type of soda that they serve in Rio, and it was really good. They discussed the difference between the Mardi Gras celebrated in the U.S.A vs in Rio, and it was very fascinating to hear about. Overall, this event truly shaped my decision on my semester to travel abroad.
Today on our campus, the International Advisory Committee hosted the global cultural marketplace event. There were booths from different countries, showcasing their unique materials and dishes. I got the opportunity to try Torta de Chocolate from the Association Friends of Venezuela organization and it was very good. I visited different booths, such as the Indian and Chinese Association, and I got to play an instrument called the Guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither. This event was truly amazing because it revealed the diversity in this world and on this campus. The idea of bringing different cultures together to encourage immersion.
Every year, PCS gets an opportunity to travel abroad to either Arezzo, Italy or Rio. PCS is a freshman organization that stands for President’s Community Scholars, which gives a scholarship to a small amount of freshman for their drive for service and community. It is an organization that spends a lot of its time working for the community. I applied for the travel abroad experience and I received both offers, however, I decided to just go to Arezzo. I also received the opportunity to stay an extended two weeks to volunteer at a kids English immersion camp, as a mentor. I am extremely excited to embark on this adventure next year, the summer of 2018. This is just the beginning of what my blogs will entail about this amazing journey. LIVE IT UP WITH ME IN AREZZO! (:
I finally found me an OU Cousin! YAY!!!! It was a tedious process, however, a friend of mines helped me out and got me matched with Michaela Hass. She is from Austria and she is doing a year long program here at OU. Now, it’s time for all of the fun stuff. Our first event together was OU Bingo night. Michaela had never played bingo before, so it was extremely interesting watching her play. We talked more about ourselves, ate pizza, laughed, and just bonded with one another. I love her already! Though we didn’t win a prize for bingo, I won a prize with being matched with an awesome Cousin. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us! (:
OU Cousins: my first international organization, where you are matched with an international student for the rest of the year. You and your buddy get to embark on many adventures together, emerging him or her into the American lifestyle. My journey began at the matching party, where you try to find an international student that matches your interests. From popcorn, to ice-cream, to a bunch of talking, this event was extremely overwhelming, yet fun! Unfortunately, I didn’t get matched with anyone because everyone was taken, therefore, they’re going to match me manually on the computer. I was so devastated because I was interested in this one girl, however, I moved on to the next person, thinking we were just greeting ourselves before the actual matching began. Little did I realize us talking was the matching, but I found out too late and my girl was taken. I’m so excited to hangout with an international student. This will be my first step in becoming immersed in international diversity.
From Tanzania to Pueblo to Italy and Australia, the diversity filled the air. Friendly faces drew me in to different tables. The passion for studying abroad from the volunteers at each table was extremely vivid, as they were eager to talk about their experiences. Excitement filled my heart as I was overwhelmed about all of the possibilities. This event made me so indecisive of where I want to travel, simply because their are so many places to travel to. This event truly showed OU’s passion for international experiences. Oh, did I forget to mention the free snow cones? OH YEAH!!! (; This event allowed me to open my eyes and get a glimpse of the adventure I will soon embark on. Oh, how would it be to actually experience it!