My twenty year plan graduate from OU with my Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. Get accepted to OU medical school graduate and do aid work in South America where I can practice my language skills. There is my plan so of course the lecture on aid work grabbed my attention. Once there I maid the right decision. Aid work, is something that I did want to go into after medical school since I went to Peru and volunteered. I feel that is where I am meant to go in life. However after going to this talk I feel as if everything has been put into a realistic perspective. This will not be a walk in the park and while the good will defiantly out way the bad I will face some obstacles. Aid work seems like I would defiantly have to get used to going with the flow since you can be put almost anywhere and face numerous amounts of challenges along the way. One of those challenge in particular that she spoke about was gender roles, which surprised me a little since I did not think those would be important while doing aid work. She said that with aid work women are judge harsher than males which took me by surprise since I thought we would be treated equally, however they are not and they had judged harsher for going out and partying than their male counterparts. This is all due to gender roles within our society and even though with learning this I still want to do it. She goes on later explain everything that this line of work will entail and discusses some of her own experences. I am really glad I went to the talk.
OU cousin’s bingo had to be the most exciting bingo game I had ever played in my adult life. Starting out we were told to take are seats as they began telling us what prizes we could win. I’m not a super competitive person but I really wanted to win a prize and it did not even matter which prize it was. Now I find it silly that I did not realize how universal bingo is. Now I know it is not a very complicated game but I was surprised to find out that my cousins had played it before and where very competitive during event. As we played more and more rounds the prizes seem to get better. Looking around the room you see many people hunched over there cards it reminded me when my grandmother used to take me to her bingo hall. The final round had to be the most competitive yet, since people where no longer talking as much but looking at their card as they waited for the speaker to call his number. My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest. I wanted to win so badly. Half way through the final round the announcer ask how many people have a certain number of spaces left and this seemed to increase the anxiety level of my table. The false alarm bingos started going off and with everyone my tables heart seemed to stop. Which was so crazy because normally I’m okay with winning. We were all on pins and needles. At the end of the day none of us one anything but I think we had a pretty good time. We had pizza and ice cream so all in all it was a good day.
OU cousins this semester is set up differently compared to my first semester. Their seems to be an imbalance with the number of American verse exchange students. As we start filling out our names on the stickers I’m looking around to for any familiar faces. I ran into my friend Blake from gateway and he reassures me that I will find a cousin. They split us up into group girls and boys. We are all now in a huge circle. Let the games begin. Finding a OU cousin is sort of like speed dating you speak to about ten people and hope that you meet someone who you have something in common with. The two girls leading our group explained that we would be asked a series of questions and at the end we would find our cousin. I was very skeptical of this since I had played similar games during camps and found that I still had very little incommon with people. After a couple of rounds I was still had not found anyone I wanted to be cousins with. So before the next round I told myself I would find a cousin I still did not find a cousin, however I did start talking with a joking around with people. Whereas before I was just standing there. Through doing this for a couple more rounds I did get to meet a group of girls. There were three American girls including myself and three exchange students. We all decide to be cousins. One of girl was from Peru which I just visited last summer and we actually had a friend in common. Needless to say I had found my group and was excited to hang out with them this semester.
The Fulbright session this afternoon was very informing and has defiantly left me wanting to apply. Once everyone went around the room and introduced themselves we got to the opportunity to here from a student who was just recently accepted. She will be teaching in Mexico. I thought that was so cool. So full bright is a program where seniors apply to do their own research or student teach abroad. Jaci let us know about the application time line which is very important to me since I have been known to procrastinate often.Jaci also told us about the website where you can go online and see what countries have to offer and if they take student teachers or researchers or both. She heavily advised not to play the numbers game. Jaci also discussed with us about what each job entails and gave us some research examples. Letting us know how to stand out in our application. Also on which topics to avoid. She told us that you want to show them that you need to study abroad to conduct your research. By now I am really nervous to even apply, but I still will it just seems so scary. I would like to go to a Spanish speaking country or Brazil since I am planning to pick up Portuguese. It would be nice to student teach although teaching English makes me nervous since I’m learning in my Spanish class that I’m not very good at it I will have to come up with some research ideas. Want to make sure which ever I choose I want to do it.However Jaci let us know that you can only choose one countries which is kind of scary to put all your eggs in one basket.
Going into the information session for Brazil was really cool. From the pictures past students have really seemed to enjoy this study abroad experience. At the informational session I got to talk with the advisor who is over the program. For starters if I go on this trip I could live in a really nice apartment on the beach. Which is kind of funny since I cannot swim but I was really excited about that part, since I have never seen the Atlantic or been to the beach. Another thing that caught my attention was that they offer anthropology classes which is my major. Unfortunately there is no way I can take Spanish classes while I’m there. I looked at the pricing and while it is expensive it seems doable with planning. Attending the study abroad session today for OU in Rio de Janiero has me really considering going to Brazil for a semester. After meeting the professor and seeing the pictures I could really see myself going there. The only thing is what about Spanish. I’m already on my fourth class of Spanish with four more classes to go and I do not really want to get behind. While on the other hand I do want to pick up Portuguese and this would be my opportunity to do that. I really want to go to Brazil after this informational session, however I do not know if it is worth getting behind academically. UUH I’m so confused why I cannot just learn every language in a semester and travel the world for free.
I love love love study career fairs. From the snacks to meeting new people it is such a fun time. At this career fair it was different than what I expected since there where groups that were nonprofits. I didn’t even know they did internships. One group in particular goes to Kenya. They do a wide range of community service work they take trips there all throughout the year. Another organization helps struggling families and there are located in NorthWest OkC. The lady gave me her information so I will hopefully be volunteering there next semester. I was also able to talk to a women who worked at OU, she helps people with their resumes. I explained to her that I’m interred in applying for a job on campus that requires a resume. I have never applied for a job that required a resume so I’m a little nervous. She explained to me that I had nothing to worry about and that I could stop by her office. She does mock interviews which I thought was so cool especially since I tend to freeze up when I get nervous. Also at the career fair I talked with a representative from the Peace corps after he explained everything I do see this as something I may want to do in the future, and guess what they have a site in Peru and other Latin and South American countries which means I’ll have some place to practice my Spanish. All in all I had a pretty good time at the career fair and look forward to attending more in the future.
Going into Farsi Friday I had no idea what to expect. I thought it was going to be like some of the panels I had been to but it was a lot of fun. The lady running the meeting is so funny I love her sense of humor . Also the other students who recently go to Farsi Friday are really nice as well. It was cool to see Farsi writing, I personally love that the right from left to right like how is that even possible . I really enjoyed this meeting.”Marjong” the lady running the Farsi meeting describe how they make the parties that we ate. Essently they are made up of a lot of butter and sugar. They were Delicious. At one point in the meeting “Marjong” began reviewing for the final with some of the Farsi students. I have never been so confused. Farsi looks very hard to understand, but they where doing as if they had been all there life. I had no idea how they understood what was on the board. I asked one of the student to translate for me. It’s funny because up until this point I thought Spanish was hard to read. “Marjong” also told of how Russia had some influence on the Farsi culture sense they brew tea the same. I found this interesting it crazy to how certain cultures can influence another culture. For example, the United States is a country that other cultures have heavily influenced. I will defiantly be revisiting Farsi Friday next semester.
Going to the Latin American lunch was pretty cool. We met the Brazilizan writer Luiz Ruffato. He spoke in Portuguese and had another OU professor translate. I have never heard someone speak Portuguese. To me it sounded nothing like Spanish. I thought it was interesting how he describe how discrimination works in Brazil. Apparently there is discrimination between social classes not race. Ruffato said at one point during the lunching that wheat her you are black or white if you are poor you are treated the same. He also talked about his life and how he grew up very poor. He said that most writers in Bazil are from the upper middle class. He also said that people who are considered poor not know how to read.This seems to be a trend in South America. I heard the same thing about Peru’s lower income citizens. I hate that for them because if I’ve learned anything from my short years on this earth is that you are nothing with out an education. It’s completely unfair that these citizens are not receiving an equal education because there parents don’t make enough money. I know we face these sort of issues in the United States I just don’t understand how know has seemed to solve this problem it quite frustrating. When I was in Peru I hated seeing how over populated those classrooms were. How can a teacher properly teach if she has so many students that she can’t offer one on one help. There was a classroom with forty three year old to two teachers . That to me is ridiculous. So there is my rant. Ruffato defiantly gave me some insight to what it’s like growing up poor in Brazil. It’s almost impossible to move up the social class ladder.I enjoyed the Latin American lunching and hearing from Ruffato.
Now I don’t know a lot about foreign policies nor have I ever tried to pay much attention to them.However it was interesting hearing the panelist explain the difference between each side. Although since most of the things they spoke about I had never heard of the big policies I mostly payed attention to was there are polls that show which candidate other countries prefer. The panelist also explained why one candidate can be prefer by a country over another. For example, most South American countries prefer Hillary over Trump. It had a lot to do with her views toward feminism and equal rights. I also appreciated how respectful the panelist were when they spoke about each candidate with an equal amount of respect.Watching this election play out will definitely be interesting. It also seems on some things they agree on the same thing while on others one part seems to attack a policy based on the sole fact that their opponent had something to do with it. That’s politics for you. Also it was interesting to hear that Trump had the backing of China. Up until the panelist explained why they did not prefer Hilary, then it all made since. I thought it was cool how one panelist said Central and South American countries had some influence in this campaign. I would have thought they always did considering how close they are and how much we trade with them.The funniest part of the whole talk had to be about the wall Trump plans to build. One candidate said there are really concrete plans for it besides Trump planning to make Mexico pay for it. Every seem to get a good chuckle out of that.All in all I actually enjoyed the panel.
Meeting up with my fellow global engagement fellows who have either studied abroad in South America ,Spain or Latin America was pretty cool. We met at the Second wind lounge cafe.Hearing their hilarious stories about getting lost and the miscommunication between host families had me laughing so hard. One girl said that her host mom got mad at her because she was confused on the word the girl was saying. She said they sat at the dinner table for about twenty minutes trying to figure out what word she was saying. Turns out the word the girl was saying for scarf is only said in Mexico it has a different meaning in Spain. I shared my similar stories on living with my host families in Peru. After this a girl who went to Columbia began sharing her some of her stories while she was there. She was the for a couple of months working with a organization as an intern . She was able to stay with family while she stayed in Columbia . She gave me some helpful advice on learning Spanish. She said that it would be helpful to listen to music and watch TV in Spanish.She said that what would make the biggest difference in me improving my Spanish is studying abroad. This event also confirmed my thoughts on going back to South America for a longer period than a month.I was already planning on going on another abroad trip I just have no idea which country to choose she recommend Colombia , from her stories Columbia does seem like a cool place to visit.I guess we’ll see we I end up…………