OU Giving Day 2017 was a huge success. All around campus, faculty, staff and students alike were willing to donate anywhere from $5 to even thousands of dollars. If students didn’t have the money to donate, they were quick to write ‘thank you’ letters to faculty, staff and contributors that have helped fund their own college scholarships.
As a college student, I understand the financial stress most people my age are under, and I was very impressed at how many people were willing to help others even when they didn’t have a lot. I think it is a true testiment to what the OU family truly is and what it means to be a Sooner.
Almost every single college at the University of Oklahoma raised their goal amount, including the International Studies department. I am overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the people at OU.
I will definitely be participating in OU Giving Day 2018.
This spring, I participated in OU Giving Day by volunteering for the International Studies table in Farzaneh Hall. I had never heard of this event on campus before, so I wasn’t really sure what I was going to be doing. When I arrived, there were lots of sweets, two iPads and a few ‘thank you’ cards.
OU Giving Day is a campus wide event that helps raise funds to go toward scholarships within each college. These funds are collected and then eventually given to students in each department that fit various criteria. The International Studies donation set up was aimed at raising scholarship money for students that would be studying abroad. What is cool about this program is that you don’t have to be an International Studies major to receive these scholarships. If you’re studying abroad at all while you’re at OU, you are eligible to receive the scholarships.
I signed up for two shifts of OU Giving Day…In the next post I’ll talk more about my impressions of the event and how much money was raised.
Hola! Yo hablaré sobre la película “Amor de Mis Amores,” dirigido por Manolo Caro. En esta película, dos personas se encuentran, se enamoran, y destruyen sus relaciones.
Las personajes principales son Carlos, Lucía, León y Ana. Carlos es un hombre muy guapo, que comprometido a Lucía. Él es apasionado y cariñoso. Aquí, Lucía es una mujer muy interesante. Ella es idealista, curiosa, y muy complicada. León, esto hombre, es un hombre muy coqueto, guapo, pero un poco infantil. Él está comprometido para casarse con Ana, quien es una mujer muy independiente, bonita, y aventura. Todas las personajes principales tienen historias complicadas.
Primero en la película, Lucía y Carlos están en el aeropuerto. Carlos va a viajar a España para buscar por su hermano. Lucía está enojada porque los dos van a casarse en el próximo sábado. Después, mientras Lucía manejaba a una cita para recoger su vestido de matrimonio, ella chocó contra con un hombre.
Lucía y el hombre, León, tienen una conexión instantánea.
Más tarde, Lucía lo sorprendió a León en el banco. Pero de repente, había un robo. Los ladrones exigieron que todas las personas se quitaron la ropa. Después del robo, Lucía y León tienen relaciones sexuales en el coche.
Todo se volvió mala cuando León terminó su relación con Ana, y Ana y Carlos regresaron a México.
Finalmente, Lucía le dijo a Carlos que pasó. Él estaba muy enojado y triste, pero él le perdonó a ella. Ana no le perdonó León. Lucía estaba muy enojado con León porque él no le dijo que él tenía una novia.
Eventualmente, Lucía regresó a Carlos y los dos se casaron. También, Ana y Javier, el hermano de Carlos, se hicieron amigos y posible más…;)
En general, me gusta la película mucho. La película es extraña y un poco romántica. Como sigue la película, me encanta Ana y Javier. Los dos son lindos. Me gustan los actores y me gusta la cinematografía.
No me gustaba León en al final de la película ni como la película hizo Ana paracío loca. No me gusta como las chicas están obsesionadas con sus pesos antes de la boda.
Amor de Mis Amores recibió seis punto dos estrellas en IMDB. Algunos críticos creen que esta película no es realista, y hay escenas que no tienen sentido en la historia, pero yo recomiendo esta película para verte.
Dead week and finals week: the two most dreaded and dreadful weeks all semester. Filled with chaos, long nights (thank goodness Gaylord lets me stay until 6 a.m.), early mornings, carpel tunnel and blood shot eyes from looking at the computer screen for too long. These weeks, quite frankly, suck.
They are stressful, exhausting, frustrating, and sad. They also signal the end of a chapter, and the beginning of a new one. Dead and finals week lead to long breaks and frequent naps, and leaving friends for a month to see family.
Mine was exactly that. My dead week began with a 15 page honors paper, huge final video production, a 15 minute television show pitch, and a 10 minute presentation in Spanish. In case you’re wondering, no I did not get any sleep that week. Night after night, I stayed up until the sun was about to rise, surviving on Dr. Pepper, sour patch kids, and the occasional Tapingo meal. Finals week was less stressful, only two long nights – Sunday and Thursday. Three exams, way too many projects, and a ridiculously long paper later, I can breathe.
It’s my birthday. After the most stressful weeks of my life, I get to celebrate life with the ones I love. Soon I get to travel back home to Tulsa to see my dad, and Florida to see my mom and brothers. It’s been a great day, surrounded by hope, kindness, joy and cake. What a wonderful life to live and thrive in.
As I reflect on the last two weeks, it’s exciting to see that I can make it and I can succeed. College doesn’t have anything on this 20 year old. Cheers to this semesters triumphs and failures and being better for them. Cheers to the upcoming semesters and the challenges I’ll face. Cheers to living life to the fullest, making a difference, and being with the ones I love.
See you next semester,
Have you ever felt connected to a place you’ve never visited before? Have you ever felt called to go somewhere, but you don’t fully understand why?
Spain is my place. The culture, the music, the people, the food, the cities, the country – it calls to me. There’s a tug on my heart, something pulling me toward this country. I sometimes feel like I’m wrong living here in Oklahoma, even in the United States. I need to be in Spain. And no, I haven’t ever been before.
I can’t explain this feeling. I don’t understand it. I don’t know why its there or how to answer other peoples questions about it. —– “I understand why you want to study abroad, but why Spain?” —– “What’s so special about Spain?” —–“Can’t you get the same experience traveling the US instead?”
…Yes! No! I don’t know! I just need to be there….
I have this feeling that as soon as I get there, everything will click. I’ll know. It’ll finally make sense why I’ve had a relentless tug in my chest toward this country as soon as I get there. Man, I can’t wait.
I’ll wait restlessly with hopes that this tug won’t let up until I’m home. Spain, I’ll be there soon.
Near the beginning of this semester, I met with a study abroad advisor to talk about different study abroad options for this summer. I am working toward a Spanish minor, and I hoped to finish off that while I was studying abroad. My advisor directed me toward a few different places – Mexico, Peru, and Spain.
While all three places offer great programs at a mostly affordable rate, up until a few days ago, I really struggled to decide which one would be the most beneficial.
- PUEBLA, MEXICO – Gaylord College of Journalism actually offers a program in Puebla, Mexico for 3 weeks. It includes a few excursions, 6 credit hours, and pretty cheap airfare. The program would provide only one elective course for me though, because the other course offered is SPAN 2113, which I’ve long past taken. Also, it was a little too short for my preference, I would like to be abroad for at least a month in the summer. Puebla was the first to get crossed off on my list.
- LIMA, PERU – This program is 4 weeks long, with 6 credit hours that I could direct toward my Spanish minor or my International Studies minor. Like most summer programs, Lima offers housing in hotels or host families. I prefer to immerse myself, so I would choose a host family. A downside to this program is the cost. The flight cost to Lima, Peru are immense and the program fees for this program are very high for a 4 week program. Ultimately, that is why Lima got crossed of my list this week.
- ALCALA, SPAIN – Alcala, Spain is about 40 minutes from Madrid. The summer program is 4 weeks long in either June or July, and I would transfer 6 credit hours. This program has classes that could meet my journalism major elective credits or it could complete my Spanish minor electives. It’s location will allow for many adventures in Spain and in surrounding countries. Though it is the most affordable summer program, the flight cost will definitely be more expensive then the other two aforementioned programs.
I’m thrilled to say I chose Alcala, Spain and I am finishing up my application this week! I can’t wait for this summer’s adventures.
A few thoughts on learning a second language…
- Spanish is hard. Naturally, learning a whole new language is going to be difficult, but don’t underestimate the time you need to spend practicing and perfecting so that it sticks.
- Switching languages mid-sentence is awesome. This is probably one of my favorite things about learning another language, both when I think and when I speak. I love it when I can cohesively go from English to Spanish and back, randomly. It’s even better if when I’m speaking with someone I switch mid-sentence. I get a lot of confused looks…
- You gotta take a leap of faith sometimes. I don’t think when you start learning another language you’re ever truly confident in what you’re saying or hearing, but I think it’s really good to go out on a limb some time, strike up a conversation with a native speaker, and get in some real practice. TalkAbroad is wonderful. Being forced to speak with a native speaker for 30 minutes straight leads to very interesting realizations. People are more patient and understanding than you think. If you mess up, they’ll help you out, not belittle you. It’s one of the best ways to gain confidence.
- On that note…it’s okay to mess up. Just like we often mess up in our first language, don’t get frustrated if you mess up in your second. Hopefully that correction will stick with you and help you remember for the next time.
- Practice, practice, practice!! Read books in your second language. Watch movies and television. Write summaries of news articles. Talk to native speakers. Listen to podcasts or radio stations. The more you immerse yourself right now, the easier it’s going to be to pick it up and the more fun it will be if you get a chance to visit a country with that language.
Yesterday I went to the summer study abroad kick off in the Union ballroom! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found out there was food! Who doesn’t love food, right?
Anyway, the goal of the event was to get more students interested, excited and ready to study abroad in the summer. Most, if not all, of the study abroad advisors were set up in booths in the back half of the ballroom. When you walked in, you were handed a punch card with food images on it. The requirement before you were able to get food was to visit three different booths.
Even though I’ve already had my summer advising appointment, I’m still a little unsure of where I want to go. There’s so many options, so I started at what I figured would be easiest – the passport booth. Of course you have to have a passport when you travel overseas, so I asked numerous questions – how do I get one? How much do they cost? How long do they last? Can I get one at OU? I learned all the answers and was actually surprised to know that the prices for the passports would be going up very soon (around December). I should get it soon….
Next, I traveled to the booth with the advisors for Spain and Asia. There were very helpful. I don’t have much interest in going to Asia, but Spain is my top country right now, so I stayed there for quite some time discussing different summer options for Spain. With my second punch, I headed toward the both with fliers on the OU in Puebla program.
Until I visited that booth, I didn’t have much interest in studying in Mexico. Afterward, however, it’s one of my top choices. With the course work options and the fact that I can use banked hours, it’s looking like I might want to do that one.
After my final punch, I headed toward the food – crepes galore! It was delicious and wonderful. I’m very happy to have gone to the summer study abroad kick off!
There’s only one word I can use to accurately describe freshman year – overwhelming.
There was…An overwhelming amount of activities. An overwhelming amount of people. An overwhelming amount of assignments, readings and tests. An overwhelming amount of to-do lists, meetings and appointments.
But also…An overwhelming amount of joy. An overwhelming amount of love. An overwhelming amount of support. An overwhelming amount of friends that become family. An overwhelming amount of challenges conquered.
When I moved in last fall, I never expected to feel so overwhelmed, and overjoyed, by the University of Oklahoma. I finished my freshman year tonight. It was by far the most challenging semester of my life. I took my first real journalism class (referred to as the weed-out Gaylord class), my first Honors College class (which I loved!!!), and my first college science class (does nutrition count?). They were difficult, but I learned so much about myself and what I wanted in each of them.
I fell in love with campus – the South Oval flowers, the lower level of the Biz, and especially the Gaylord balcony. I met the most amazing people on campus – shout out to Nat and Kristen, I love you guys so much. My roomies crushed it in the apartment department – thanks Mal, Brittney and Laura (aka mom).
I can’t express how much I’ve learned in my first year. There are so many things I wish I could tell seniors as they start their college journeys, but I’ll just stick to a few…
- Talk to people. You seriously never know which stranger is going to become your new best friend and confidant. College is REALLY hard. You need people on campus that will love, support and encourage you.
- Stay away from dramatic people. Trust me, the last thing you need during the busiest time of your life is drama. These people are typically toxic and selfish. Instead surround yourself with people who will build you up and that you can build up.
- Go out and do crazy things. (but not too crazy). Don’t bog yourself down in homework, studying and grades 100 percent of the time. Go have fun.
A few ideas: Classic’s Sprittle dates, Campus Corner shopping, movies in Meacham, CAC events, football games. Seriously, the last one is a must.
- Surround yourself with good people … but don’t be afraid to be alone sometimes. It’s really refreshing to just stay in for the night or even two, watching Netflix, reading, relaxing and even sleeping. College is crazy busy; don’t feel obligated to have your schedule full from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. R&R is a MUST.
- Stay in-touch with your relationship with God. Don’t let the busyness of the world detract from the stillness of the Lord.
- Call your parents. Often. You need them more than you think, and they miss you more than you think.
- Take in as many moments as you can. It goes by so fast.
“Sometimes you will think you can’t take it another day. But if you hang in there, one step at a time, you will be able to accomplish more than you ever imagined.” – Taya Kyle
One step down, three to go.
With freshman year in the books, there’s only one more thing to say….