Traveling is all I want to do with my life, and after learning that there was going to be a study abroad fair I wrote the date and time down immediately in my agenda. I was so excited to see what opportunities the University of Oklahoma gave to their students (especially me). Although this blog post is slightly delayed, I wanted to talk about my experience at the study abroad fair.
Study Abroad Fair
First of all, I want to say that the University of Oklahoma offers ENDLESS amounts of opportunities. I was blown away by the amount of tables and people at the fair in the south oval. I ended up with about 20 brochures, and a lot of information regarding what opportunities I am interested in. Throughout the fair, I became very interest in these specific countries:
I talked to individuals about the journey programs that the University offered, and I also talked to individuals about Arrezo, Italy and Spain (specifically Alcalá). I spoke to individuals about what I want to do with my life, and how I want to minor in Spanish. They gave me a lot of information, and my next step was setting up an advising appointment. But what I am most interested in is spending a Semester at Sea.
Semester at Sea
I first became aware of this program when one of my good friends signed up for it and got accepted into it early last year. Spending a Semester at Sea is a dream of mine, and I hope that sometime throughout my college career I will be a part of this. When I saw the booth of Semester at Sea at the Study Abroad Fair I ran to it and asked the girl so many questions regarding how I could be a part of it. Ever since then, I have continually looked into it and have been planning on how I will get to be a part of it.
Overall, I am amazed by the opportunities that the University of Oklahoma gives and I cannot wait to study abroad. The study abroad fair is
safe travels, ale
After attending the organization and club fair at the beginning of the school year, I decided to sign up for many international clubs thinking that it was going to be easy for me to keep track of them all. First, let’s see which organizations I joined that day:
- Sooners without Borders
- OU Pre Law Society
- OU Cousins
- Hispanic American Student Association
- The Big Event
Now, let’s see which organizations I was able to keep track of my first semester of college and what happened to the ones I joined but failed to be in.
- Sooners without Borders – never looked into it.
- OU Pre Law Society – went to one meeting.
- OU Cousins – my cousin never wanted to hang out.
- Hispanic American Student Association – went to one meeting.
- Soonerthon – in it.
- The Big Event – in it.
- Foreign Film Club – new organization which I happily joined and is the organization that I am using for my International Club for Global Engagement Fellowship.
Foreign Film Club
I first got an email about this club a couple of weeks ago and saw that many of my fellow GEF’s were a part of it. After happily joining it, we decided on a meeting date and a movie. We watched the Brazilian movie “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation” in Portuguese. I thought this was a really cool and fun club to be a part of and to learn more about the world in. It was really cool to see a foreign movie, and I am excited to attend the next meeting. I am very happy that I joined the Foreign Film Club.
P.S. (The next meeting is on Thursday, January 19th, 2017)
On the 10th of August, I moved to Norman to continue my education at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer). I was happy to say that I was also accepted into the Global Engagement Fellowship program here which gave me a scholarship to be able to travel abroad twice throughout my four years here. Because of this program, I am dedicating many of my blogposts to it and to my life in Norman.
Prague is a city located in the center of the Czech Republic. It is, indeed, named one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a rich history. Prague looks like a real life fairytale, with horse carriages, a picturesque city with beautiful colors, and an unreal environment. The Czech Republic is considered to be in central Europe, and it was not until 1989 that the communist state of the Czech Republic fell.
Prague consists of two parts, the old town and the new town. It sounds exactly how it is worded.
- Old Town: This side consists of many historical churches, the jewish quarter, the astronomical clock, old town square, cafes, etc.. The old town is beautiful and historic, the architecture is astounding.
- Charles Bridge: You will find AMAZING art and music on the bridge. Hundreds of people cross the bridge daily, and it is the boundary between the old town and the new town.
- New Town: You come across the new town once you cross Charles Bridge. On this side, you will find petrin tower, John Lennon wall, and Prague Castle.
Accommodations: Hotels can quickly become very costly, and the best way that I have found to travel is to rent a house/apartment on HomeAway.com. Personally, I have enjoyed having my own
- I would INSANELY recommend the apartment I stayed in. It is about a 2 minute walk from old town square, and it is above a KFC (if you are craving some American fast food). This apartment also had a small grocery store a few feet in front of it. The location was perfect, and the price was well worth it.
Transportation: The most efficient way to travel this city is by walking.
Food: There was a lot of restaurants around, as well as small grocery stores.
Drinking: The drinking age here is 18.. This was the very first time I was able to walk to a stand and buy a beer. I was very excited, even though I hated the taste of it.
Weed (Had to add this one): Yes, in Prague marijuana is legal. It is everywhere, and by that I mean you can walk into a tourist shop and buy some. If you like weed, this is the place for you.
Tips & Tricks:
- Rent an apartment and go to the grocery store for food items. I promise you it will save you SO much money.
- Plan out what you want to do.
- BRING APPROPRIATE CLOTHES. I went in March, and I brought clothes meant for the spring time. I almost froze to death.
Italy is a beautiful country filled with a rich history. The wine is amazing, the vineyards are stunning, and the ancient streets make Italy the top destination where everyone should travel to at least once in their life. There is SO much do to in Italy, and there is SO much to learn. For this trip, my family and I decided to join a tour group so that we could see more of the country with a set itinerary.
The pathway we took throughout Italy was: Venice, Padua, Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Rome, Naples, and we finished at the Isle of Capri.
- Accommodation: Venice is expensive, and I would not recommend getting a hotel in the island unless you are willing to pay for it. The tour group I was in got us a hotel outside of Venice where we took a route bus into the city.
- Food: The three days I spend here I noticed that food was VERY expensive. This is because every item sold in Venice must be imported in. There are also many “hole in the wall” places that you can only find if you walk around through all of the pathways. Those are the BEST places (and the cheapest, yay!).
- Activities: Venice itself is surreal, and if you are bored at any point you are there then you are doing it wrong. Get lost in Venice! Walk around until you feel like you are about to pass out from exhaustion. Speak to the people around you. Go on a gondola ride. Go to museums. There is SO much to do here.
- Transportation: WALKING!
- Tips: I recommend not going during the Summer time. When I was there it was 95 degrees Fahrenheit, next to an ocean, and a bottle of WARM water was 5 euros…I smiled through the pain.
- Accommodation: I did not stay the night in this town.
- Food: The fresh foods market is adorable and great for a quick snack or getting some groceries.
- Activities: I saw many
- San Gimignano: Before I say anything else, I am IN LOVE with this town.
- Activities: Horses!!
- Accommodation: I did not stay the night here.
- Transportation: To travel to the island you must get on a boat. I got on a boat docked in Naples.
Do’s & Don’ts:
- BE CAREFUL WITH PICK POCKETING! – If you are carrying a cross body purse, do not, DO NOT, carry it from behind. Always keep it in front of you and in site. There are people who pickpocket for a living, and trust me, you will not feel when they take something from you.
- There are MANY vendors on the streets that will be selling counterfeit products. Be careful who you buy from, and remember that it is illegal. If a police officer sees you buying counterfeit products he will come ask you questions.
- Learn a few Italian words (Thank you, Please, Bathroom, etc). It doesn’t hurt to know a couple, and it will make traveling much easier. Also, it will make the Italians happy.
- Try the pizza, just do it. Every single pizza I got in Italy I fell in love with.
- YOU CANNOT FORGET ABOUT THE GELATO. EAT IT EVERY DAY.
- Don’t be that stupid tourist. It annoys everyone.