Being in French Club and especially being in my French class 3 days a week has been so fundamental to my learning French language as well as being able to learn about the culture of France. Next semester I will hopefully be in France studying abroad. I am not sure whether or not I am going to Paris or Clermont-Ferand, but either way, I cannot wait for what is to come while I am there. Hopefully when I come back I will have enough of a knowledge of the French culture and language that hopefully I will be able to become more involved in the French Club and possibly hold a position that will allow French Club to have more members and be more active. I have had a hard time being involved in the French Club as I feel like not as many people take French as they do Spanish because we live in a country where more people are from Latin America than there are people who have a ancestry that is associated with France.
I find myself wanting to get more involved with the French Club and other people who want to learn French and become enveloped in the French lifestyle because it will encourage me to only continue to grow my French skills and possibly one day be fluent!
Sometimes it makes me nervous that I will be in France for a full semester. First off because I truly do not know the language as well as I should but also because I will be there on my own as none of my friends or people I really know will be in France. But I find this as an extreme growing experience. I cannot wait for what is to come.
Although I am by no means educated enough on topics regarding immigration and refugees escaping their troubled nations, the overall global issue regarding these matters seems to be a heavy topic currently in the United States.
Being from Houston, I see often illegal immigrants who have come from Mexico to seek a better life for themselves and their families. Oftentimes I find that the people who are complaining the most about illegal immigrants have truly not seen them and do not have the kind of first-hand impression that I have had.
People always claim that Mexican immigrants coming into the United States are only here for one thing: to sell and bring drugs. Honestly, I find this to be so sad. Yes, there are issues in the drug world that Mexico is related to. But, what really is the percentage of illegal immigrants who come to the U.S. for the sole purpose of bringing drugs in– probably a lot lower than that of immigrants coming simply for a better life.
I understand that refugees sneaking into countries is an issue and they are trying to avoid the hardships that occurring in their own country. I just believe that some solution must be made in order for refugees to have a safe place to remain in a different country. Immigrants and refugees are constantly killed due to the passion that these people have to seek safety. These people yearn for a new home and simply safety that they will do anything for it– even if that means they might lose their life.
I am unsure of the situation or solution that we could come up with to fix these issues. But I have a strong desire to become more informed.
Although this might not seem like too big of an international event, it was the first one that I experienced this year. All of the Global Engagement Fellows got together and basically just hung out.
We had to opportunity to hear about different fellows study abroad trips that they went on over the summer and it was just so encouraging to hear!
I hopefully will be studying abroad this summer in South Africa and to hear from different people about how amazing it was to maybe go on your own for a trip or just completely go out of your comfort zone made me only that much more excited!
It is so crazy to think that I am almost done with my first semester of sophomore year here at OU and soon I will be able to go abroad and just see so many more cultures and traditions that I have truly never been exposed to!
Although I have been to 7 different Caribbean countries, I have never been to anywhere like Africa or Europe and just the idea of being able to immerse myself in life there is something that I have always dreamed of.
I mean, how many people are able to say that they spent three weeks in South Africa?!! Probably not that many that I know. I am so blessed to have been able to go to this meeting where we heard about the scholarships that so many people had received and hear about all of these people’s abroad experiences cause it is only getting me more ready to go!
Being a Public Relations and International Studies double major, my interests are mainly focused on current events going on internationally as well as eventually, possibly being able to represent the companies or people that are experiencing these events.
In the light of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in Turkey, it is scary to see the threat that my future and my plans could have on my life. I want to be involved in international current events and be a journalist and to see another death of a journalist in a Middle Eastern country is scary.
For those who are unaware of what I am speaking of, Jamal Khashoggi was a well-known journalist from Saudi Arabia who often critiqued the Saudi Arabian government once exiled to the US. On Oct. 2, Khashoggi walked into Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and never was seen after. For some time, Turkish officials were not sure if he was actually murdered, but believed he had been captured by Saudi agents. Finally, it was confirmed that Khashoggi was in fact dead at the hands of Saudi Arabians.
It scares me with the fact that my dream is to work and have knowledge about Middle Eastern countries and overall what is occurring there and for them to murder one of their own people is truly so saddening.
I know that the likelihood of possibly getting captured or murdered by these people is highly unlikely, but it is extremely scary when you hear about such things on the news.
Our world is in turmoil at this point and although I am not sure what to do, it breaks my heart that people like Khashoggi have been murdered while standing up for what they believe in.