After Undergrad Opportunities: Fulbright and Peace Corps

On the 4th of April, it was Global Engagement day at the University of Oklahoma and I attended the first session (see my last post) as well as the third session of the day. The third session consisted of “After Undergrad Opportunities” and two speakers spoke to us about the Fulbright scholarship and the Peace…

Independent Study Abroad Options

On the 4th of April, I attended the first Global Engagement Day event which focused on studying abroad independently. The event was guided by study abroad advisor, Monica Goodwin, and a Global Engagement Fellowship fellow who in the previous years has studied abroad independently. Monica Goodwin gave insight to the five study abroad options that…

Russia and the Winter Olympic Games

When I was looking through the news, I saw that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Not only are Russian officials and athletes banned from the winter games, but the Russian Flag and anthem will not be part of any of the…

South Korea + United States

A couple of days ago I wrote about how I was interested in studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea for a summer program. But on the 4th of December, there was world news about how the United States and South Korea launched large-scale joint aerial drills. The drills came a week “after North Korea said…

Return to Cuba – Film Screening

On the 30th of November, I attended a film screening of Return to Cuba. The film consisted of the main character, Barbara Ramos returning to live in Cuba with her new husband after she lived in Italy for 18 years. Throughout the film screening we were able to see a period of three years. The…

Manos Juntas – International Group

This year, I decided to take a different route when it came to the international group I would be a part of. In my Medical Spanish class, a couple of OU students came in to talk to us about Manos Juntas and how their group volunteers there. The “Manos Juntas” Foundation, located in Oklahoma City,…

International Summer Internships – Information Session

On the 30th of November, I attended a come-and-go information session over the internships offered abroad. Specifically, when I first arrived I learned a lot about the CEA  Internships Abroad. I was told many things: Depending on where I want to go, I need to look at what type of internship I would want to…

Shiza Shahid Visits Oklahoma

On the 28th of September, the Delta Gamma Alpha Iota Chapter at the University of Oklahoma hosted Shiza Shahid for lectureship. Lectureship is a program which only 19 of the Delta Gamma national chapters are able to host every other year, and Alpha Iota’s goal is to educate students about the importance of leadership and…

Foreign Film Club – The Kite Runner

At the next Foreign Film Club meeting that I attended, we were able to watch “The Kite Runner” which emphasized the country of Afghanistan. This movie is based off of a novel by Khaled Hosseini, published in 2003 and the movie was first screened in 2007. I think that the movie is such a pure story that…

Into The Mainstream

On the 2nd of May, Dr. Reinhard Heinisch of the University of Salzburg spoke to us about his research over populism. He was first introduced to us by one of his former students, who calls Heinisch a “commentator of world events.” Heinisch first began studying populism in the early 2000’s, and called it an episodic phenomenon in which Radical parties…

Mother of All Bombs – Afghanistan

On Friday, the 14th of April I awoke to news that the US military dropped its most powerful non-nuclear 11-ton bomb on eastern Afghanistan. The bomb targeted an ISIS cave and tunnel complex in Afghanistan and had a one-mile radius. The bombing caused great criticism and controversy from civilians in the United States. The bombing was…

Semana Santa

Semana Santa is a holy week celebrated in every Christian country throughout the world even though each country that celebrates it has its own traditions to celebrate this religious week. Specifically, in the post I will be talking about the traditions of Semana Santa in my home country of El Salvador which was celebrated April…