Well, its been a busy start to this sophomore year. We’re already coming up on Thanksgiving when I feel like it should still be the end of September. If life continues to go at this speed, college will be over in no time.
With a new year comes new opportunities, and responsibilities. As my international group this year, I applied to be a member of the Task Force for the International Advisory Committee. IAC’s purpose as an organization is to represent the international students and coordinate all the international organizations on campus. They also have events every month or so, helping introduce the international students to American culture and, vice versa, holding campus-wide culture based events to introduce American students to the outside world.
As a Task Force member, my main function is as a Liaison between IAC and an international student organization. My group is the Columbian Student organization. As a liaison, I keep track of the events they host / plan to host and am there to answer any questions they might have. So far they haven’t had any, but I’ve enjoyed the members of the group that I have met so far!
Another duty of mine is to help with fundraising activities. In our meeting at the beginning of the semester, the Task Force brainstormed various methods of fundraising for the international student Emergency Fund. Unfortunately, we were not able to come up with a solid plan. Instead, different members of the Task Force have been going with Executive members to ask local businesses for sponsorships. I unfortunately missed my turn to do so, as I was sick on my assigned day. Beyond that, however, I have had a lot of fun and hope that I may continue to do good with this organization.
Tags: International Group
November 19, 2014 /
As a Global Engagement Fellow, I am required to become a member of an international group on campus. As of yet, I don’t have a specific group. I have a few that I have been looking into, but things just aren’t going my way. I’m most interested in joining the Italian club, as I will be studying abroad in Italy. Unfortunately, that isn’t working out. I have been at OU for 3 months now, and that club has only met twice. I wasn’t able to make it to either meeting, thanks to illness and car problems.
One program I have gotten involved in is the OU Cousins program. This is a different requirement of being a Fellow, and so doesn’t fulfill the international group requirement, but I thoroughly enjoy it! This program pairs an American student with an international student to share their cultures and learn from each other. We do an activity each month as a group, and we are free to meet up with our cousins on our own. It’s a lot of fun!
As for other international groups, I still need to do some more research before I figure out what I’m really interested in. I love so many aspects of the global community that it is hard to pick what I would most like to learn about, or get involved in. One is definitely in language learning. I have always wanted to learn to speak at least one language- at least. In my dreams I wish to learn four or five, and while that would be a lot of work I feel that it would be very fulfilling! Perhaps I’ll get involved in CESL (English as a Second Language).
I also love being exposed to new cultures. I love learning new thought processes, and influences on why things are so different in other countries. I enjoy international art and music (and especially food. I will always be crazy about food.) Perhaps I’ll join the Latin Dance club, or the Japanese drumming group. There are so many choices that its nearly impossible to decide! Its a good thing that I have until sophomore year to pick.
Tags: Global Engagement Fellows, International Group