Japanese Club 2017

こんにちわみんなさん!(Hello Everyone!)

During the Spring semester, I was heavily involved in Japanese Club. The meetings that I was able to attend were on Wednesday evenings. Everyone that attended was in beginner to advanced Japanese classes. We all tried to talk to in Japanese, for the most part,  but sometimes we get carried away with speaking English. I was able to meet two girls from Japan that I hung out a lot with this semester. Their names were Miho and Natsuko. Miho is a freshman, and Natsuko is a Junior. As the semester comes to an end, Miho will be returning to Japan, while Natsuko still has two years left to finish her degree. 

I know my university has a matching program to pair exchange students with college students. I know that I could have had the same opportunity to meet them if I was involved in this program, but I also wanted to make connections specifically Japanese students. Since I am studying International Business with a minor in Japanese, I wanted to establish relationships before I planned to study abroad in Japan.

Since meeting Natsuko and Miho, I was also able to meet other Japanese exchange students from all over Japan. I hope that when the school year starts, I will be able to meet the new Japanese exchange students. I want to strengthen my speaking skills and know more about their culture. Maybe I will run for President after I study abroad… the possibilities are endless.

About Me

Hello all! My name is Eva Sparks and I am so excited to be writing to you all on this brand new website of my very own! I didn’t know that a website domain name could ever make me feel this cool, but I’m totally nerding-out over it.

To give you a little bit of background on me, I am a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. In high school, I actively participated in competitive drama, debate, musical theatre, charity events, volunteer networks, and pre-professional organizations. I plan to keep up this involvement in college. I also enjoy traveling and learning new languages — I plan on studying abroad to Spain and potentially pursuing a Spanish major in addition to my (already decided) International Business major!

I have recently joined a Global Engagement Fellowship program at my University and have created this blog to document my experiences throughout this program. You might occasionally find other posts regarding college, TED Talks, language classes, yummy foods, my unique room mates, yoga, or just life in general!

I can’t wait to get blogging and fill this blank space up with some ~exciting~ content!

— Eva Sparks

About Me

Hello everyone!

My name is Abbi Mogan and I’m currently a freshman studying at a university in the United States. I’m planning on majoring in international business with an undecided double major with a minor in Japanese.I was born in China, in Zhejiang province close to Hangzhou, and my mom adopted me when I was only a year old.
After my mom adopted me, she took me back to her home in a city Texas, not too far from Dallas, where I grew most of my life. Throughout middle school and high school I played the flute and the piccolo. After I finished high school I knew that going to a university in another state would be hard to adjust to, but it was worth the challenge. I decided not to join band, but to make up for it I decided to go outside of my shy and quiet nature and join clubs on campus. Going into university I decided that I wanted to be a “better me” by the time I left. This is not only a look at what I’ll be doing during this school year, but I also want to let you know who I am as well. And hopefully you guys will go on this journey with me throughout school and as I study abroad as well.

I’m Not Perfect – and other realizations

Hey y’all! Apologies for being so distant lately. Last semester was crazy busy and I was trying to focus on school and not falling apart as a person. But I sit here today, on my couch sicker than a dog, and I have inspiration.

I am more of a definition number 1 right now. Number 2 not so much because of this stupid sinus infection, but anyway.
My inspiration came after looking at some Mindy Kaling quotes (she’s my girl crush and if you don’t know who she is look her up) and thinking back upon this year. I wanted to share with you guys a post that had some applicable value in life – like a recipe or something boring (which I still might do). But as I have spent my day doing absolutely nothing, I really feel like I want to talk about something more real. I know that social media puts a rose colored glass over everything. Everyone can appear however they want: artsy, trendy, pretty, whatever. I just want the people who read this blog to know who I really am. Although I don’t really know who my audience is, I particularly hope this is seen by girls my age and maybe younger, because this realization that I have had has made a miraculous difference in every aspect of my life. So without further ado, let me talk about how
I don’t want this statement to deter you from reading any other part of this post because it is so cliche, but this is so freeing for me to talk about. Since I have been sick at home I have been really hooked up on social media and honestly, I understand why people have so many issues with self esteem. I go through instagram seeing people hanging out with friends, travelling the world on adventures, posting perfect tips and pictures on blogs, being more productive than I am. Honestly, I am done comparing my life to other people. I am done trying to reach “perfection”. So to anyone who knows what I am talking about, here is a list of why I am so not perfect:
-I love to lay in bed all day and watch Netflix. I mean all day. I watched all of season three of Parks and Recreation today. Some of you probably got out of bed at an acceptable hour and did “stuff”. You know what I realized today laying in bed? I honestly sometimes don’t want to do anything. And you know what? That’s totally awesome
-I really never wear makeup or do my hair or look like a normal human being. I see people all the time that look put together. Congrats to them! I used to envy those people, but (let’s be real) I value my sleep and do not feel like spending that much time to look fabulous. I’m not saying that people who take the time to look nice are worse than me, because they’re not. People are different. If you want to get up and look nice for the day, do it! If it makes you happy, please do it! As for me, I will throw my hair in a bun and put on a t-shirt because I love being comfy.
-I make mistakes probably every day of my life and I have made mistakes trying to hide from those mistakes, but that’s the past and I can’t change it now. This one is pretty much self explanatory
-I am so outspoken and it has gotten me in so much trouble since I was a small child. You know what that means? I am strong and passionate and loud. Cool for me. I can practically hear my mom rolling her eyes reading this because she has to listen to me rant about things I see on the news that make me so upset (thanks for listening and being patient mom). But really. For those of you that have lived your life being told to calm down, don’t. Be passionate! Too many people sit passively, which also has it’s merits. But for those of us who can’t seem to keep our mouths shut, don’t even try. Own your personality. Cause a scene. Make a difference.
-I feel so awkward in social situations. I honestly will sometimes not answer a call or a text for days on end because I cannot stand the thought of having to have a conversation with an actual person. I think of myself as an ambivert (kind of a mix between extrovert and introvert). The issue is that people tend to like extrovert me more than introvert me. Well let me just tell you, introversion is just as cool and can be just as fun.
-Sometimes I get mad and pushy and mean. It happens. I try not to hurt other people’s feelings and sometimes fail miserably. It’s called asking for forgiveness and moving on.
-I love to laugh at the weirdest stuff and I honestly do not find it uncool at all. Show me a meme of a cat? I laugh for days. SNL will always be my favorite show. Acting weird in public? I’m down. I think the adult in me has stopped caring about social norms.
-I can’t cook, craft, make the perfect smoky eye, take beautiful photographs, or afford to travel. These seem like a staple for those trendy young bloggers. Honestly, I cannot do any of those things. I have tried and tried to no avail and will continue to put in an effort. I just don’t see how people find the time between naps and movie watching to do all that stuff anyway.
And I know you guys probably think I am going to follow this up with some dumb cheesy list of why it’s okay for me not to be perfect, but I am so serious when I say that I have zero reason to defend the fact that I am not perfect. I don’t have to explain why I act the way I do or why I make the choices I do. And that is the joy of owning my entire being and having confidence in myself.

Videos And Links That Have Changed My Life

I was told today that a really good idea would be to share a few of my favorite links or videos on my blog. I think this is actually a WONDERFUL idea. There are so many ways to share who I am as a person, but I feel as though the best way is to show you all things that interest me through the internet. Some of these links have changed me as a person. Who knows? Maybe they will make a difference in your life.


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