What are you most excited about during your time at OU and as a Global Engagement Fellow? What are you most nervous or unsure about? What is the best advice you’ve received so far, and how do you plan to act on it?
I love looking forward to things. For me, the planning and the anticipation is half the fun. Going to college is an excellent source of things to look forward to, to the point that my list has become far too long to be feasible. I’ve been looking forward to coming to the University of Oklahoma, learning Arabic, and getting involved in various organizations for almost a year now, and I just keep learning about new possibilities.
I’ve arrived at the University of Oklahoma and begun learning Arabic, but I’m still trying to decide which clubs to join. So many options! This year and in the years to come, I’m excited to learn Arabic, improve my French, actually use some Russian, and see what other languages come my way. I recently learned that there are organizations on campus that focus primarily on teaching languages, which did not help narrow down the list titled “Possible Involvement.”
In addition to linguistic opportunities, I’m looking forward to becoming more involved in my community, particularly the international community. I have signed up for OU Cousins this year and may try other groups later on, such as CESL, the Center for English as a Second Language.
Perhaps the opportunity I have looked forward to the most, especially as a Global Engagement Fellow, is the chance to study abroad, preferably on multiple occasions. I have done quite a bit of preliminary research, but this fall I can take the first steps of making these dreams a more reachable reality. I hope to spend a summer in the Netherlands, a semester in France, a semester in Morocco, and a year in a yet-to-be-decided Arabophone nation. In the meantime, however, I have a lot to look forward to here on campus.