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.
Seeing as it’s Halloween, I’m hardly in the right mindset to crank out a poignant, philosophical blog post. Like the typical trick-or-treating fare, this entry to the blog can be considered candy — (hopefully) enjoyable, and providing little of real worth. Without further ado, my best joke: Three guys are walking through the woods when …
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While last summer provided me with the incredible worldly experiences of visiting both Austria and Mexico (both through programs affiliated with the University of Oklahoma), this summer I hope to spend my time with an experience that will be just as transformative — if considerably less international. Since 1972, Drum Corps International has been providing …
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Looking back, my trip to Mexico was undoubtedly a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. There were certainly low points (here’s to you, food poisoning) but for the most part, these were matched and surpassed by opportunities to experience a culture that otherwise would have remained largely unknown to me. Summing up the entirety of …
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I’m not much of a dancer. Well, I wasn’t much of a dancer before Puebla. I was fully prepared to get invested in the culinary and cultural aspects of my trip to Mexico, be it in the kitchen, touring markets or interacting with locals; I was not prepared, however, for authentic Mexican dance classes. Sure enough, after …
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Again, I know this isn’t a global problem or something global to talk about… but again… there’s a royal wedding that is coming so so soon!!!!!
I honestly hate myself for not being all involved and interested in what is going on around in the world, and I can honestly say that the reason that is true is because of where I was raised. I was raised in a bubble where the royal family was truly the only thing that people were honestly interested about that was globally talked about.
I do find global issues extremely fascinating, but I truly do not know en0ugh to talk about them, and that is why I like to talk about the Royal Wedding.
Like I wrote in my blog post last semester about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, it is truly so amazing how Meghan is making such a difference in the world already. People all over the world watch the royals of England and truly whatever they do. People all over the world follow Duchess Kate’s fashion statements and what she believes in and what she does.
I really hope and pray that Meghan Markle will make some sort of difference in the world. She has so much to say and I truly hope that just because she is a royal that she will not be held back from speaking about what she believes in.
I cannot wait to watch the royal wedding and just am so excited to see what Meghan Markle has in store for the world!
The Olympics are definitely the highlight for most people all over the world. And especially for my family. It was definitely weird to be at college this time around and honestly not have any access to a real television that I could watch the Olympics from. Watching the Olympics with my family is honestly a tradition. We watch literally any event because we are always so fascinated.
It’s always a joke literally among anyone that during all other weeks other than the Summer & Winter Olympics, Americans aren’t really all about their country…. but those weeks where the Olympics are going on…. it is all about America and it is all about representing our country.
I honestly missed the traditions that my family put on because it is something that I remember literally since I was a little girl. We would all go and sit in the living room and watch the Olympics for hours and just have the greatest time.
I am so proud of America and all that we have done in representing our country. The Winter Olympics is something I hold so dear to my heart and I am honestly so thankful that we live in a country that is so easily celebrated.
The Winter Olympics are honestly not my favorite because I would rather watch gymnastics and swimming and beach volleyball… but still… just watching these people do what they love, do it so well, and represent our country is truly such a reward that I am thankful to share with everyone around me.
I have tried extremely hard to get engaged in international groups at OU to be able to learn from other students who might be majoring in International Studies or being in the Global Engagement Fellowship too!
It has been hard to be involved in the French Club because not much goes on. The main event that I went to was the Mardi Gras event but I have already written about it. So basically I am going to speak about how French has specifically impacted my semester and my school year so far.
I love French. I think it is so different and is a really cool way to communicate with people all over the world. I want to be a missionary when I get older and in many of the African countries where I might go, they speak French!
This semester in French has been a lot more difficult than last semester, but as I continue to go higher up in French classes, that should obviously be expected.
This semester has also been really cool for me because I absolutely love my teacher this semester and she has really encouraged me to learn more than the fundamentals. As well, because French classes are so small, you really get to know the people who are in your class. It is really cool because you all come from different backgrounds and have different stories and it is really cool to just be able to meet new people!
I am excited for what the French Club has for me as well as just minoring in French in general!
Today, April 4, 2018, was Global Engagement Day!! I had to opportunity today to go and hear 4 older GEF students talk about their experiences abroad! Their names were Jacob, Robert, Linda & Ben… and the advice that they gave us and the experiences that they shared were truly so encouraging and also very authentic.
Honestly some of the advice that they gave me I would’ve never thought to actually think about… studying abroad isn’t all butterflies and rainbows. Studying abroad comes with responsibility and being cautious and just overall not going off the wall because you are in an international country. Something that all 4 people said that really was important to me was that when you are studying abroad, you need to keep up with your family and keep up that support system.
All of them emphasized how homesick they were when they were out of the country. Not necessarily because they did not like what they were experiencing, but oftentimes, when you study abroad, you are not going with people who you know very well and oftentimes, not with anyone you even know. And that is so terrifying for me. Terrifying, but exciting. So, you really have to rely on your family and try to talk as much as you can. I am planning of studying abroad in Europe, mainly France, and it scares me that most of the hours that I am awake, my family will be asleep, so I for sure cannot take it for granted when I do get to talk to my family.
Another thing they all emphasized was that there are culture shocks. Europe is so different from the United States and things are going to be not what you have expected them to be. BUT one of the most important things that I heard was that you need to try and be constant with keeping up with your language you are attempting to grow in and learn more skills in. Robert told us that once people in Germany learned that he was from America, they immediately began to test out their English on him and he really couldn’t strengthen his German. I DON’T WANT THAT!! My mom always tells me how when she was studying abroad in Spain she got extremely well at speaking Spanish and is still fluent to this day!! I want to be like that. I want to be able to use my French in my every day.
Every time I go to a GEF event, it just makes me that much more excited for studying abroad. EEP!! I cannot wait!!