What international group(s) are you most interested in becoming involved with? Why?
As I saw myself on the verge of entering college, I defined the place I was about to step into as a community of learners. While going to classes plays a very important role, I believe that participating in international groups is also an excellent way to further establish myself in this community.
First of all, joining an organization such as OU Cousins would help to further develop the community with which I am involved. The idea of the combination of having a friend to connect with one on one while being part of a larger group composed of students with diverse cultures and perspectives is very appealing. My relationships, particularly within the international community at OU, would have the potential both to multiply and to deepen.
In addition, my particular academic area of interest, languages and linguistics, is best pursued when there are people to talk to. This year, I plan to join the Russian club and the Arabic club. I studied Russian on my own during my senior year of high school, but have yet to actually have a conversation of any sort in Russian. Starting Arabic classes here has been the first time that I have had the opportunity to talk with people during the beginning stages of language learning. Already, this has been very beneficial, and I look forward to having more of such opportunities in the future.
All three of the international groups that I would like to join match my desire to belong to a community of learners and my academic goals. Building relationships and making friends who share my interests would serve to enhance my studies and enable what I learn in the classroom to connect me to those around me.
Update: At this point, I may not be able to be involved with OU Cousins. I was unable to attend the matching party due to an asthma flare up (thanks, ragweed). But my goals for engagement on campus are still the same, even if it takes a different shape.