SASA

New year new name! I have been abroad for the past semester, and have not kept up with any of the happenings back at OU, apart from those relayed to me by my friends. Although I used to be quite involved in what was formerly…

US-China Lunch: Reform Contradictions Facing China’s New Leadership

Recently, I had the honor of attending a lunch hosted by the College of International Studies regarding US-China relations and the reform contradictions facing China’s new leadership. The talk featured Dr. Yukon Huang, a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who has…

Ottoman Tolerance and its Legacy Today

Among the many talks I had the fortune of attending this semester, the brown bag lunch with Yaron Ayalon stood out as being one of the most relevant to my interests. A bit of background: the summer before I began classes at OU, I was…

Fulbright Tips

I just finished the arduous process that is the Fulbright application, and after all the blood, sweat, and tears shed (all metaphorical, except the tears), I have some wisdom to impart. Since most of the people looking at this blog are fellow GEFs, I thought I…

Learning to Teach

I’ve been tutoring English as a Second Language at the Norman Public Library for a while now, and it’s been one of the most impactful experiences of my college career! Twice a week, I go to the library and meet the girls I teach, we…

Old Beginnings

My time in Australia is coming to an end. It’s strange; I feel like I’m just now getting comfortable. I’ve made friends, and the thought of saying goodbye to them is pretty painful. I really like Monash, and I’ve gotten involved in some organizations here,…

Wrapping Up

The end is near and I don’t know how I feel. I am so behind on all of the things that I need to do, and I’m feeling so overwhelmed with my academic work. Add to this the bittersweet feeling of knowing that it’ll be…

Academic Tips

Changing universities really forces you to examine the way you study and prepare for classes. Here are some things I’ve learned that may be of use to other exchange students: Go to class. I know this seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how easy…

Where else?

I’m in Melbourne currently. Over mid semester, I saw Brisbane, Gold Coast, Noosa, and Byron Bay, and the trip was maybe the most fun I’ve had on study abroad so far. At the very beginning of the semester, I took a trip along the Great…

Fun Alternatives to Talking About American Politics

Studying abroad broadens your horizons, no doubt, but it can be quite daunting to think about how you’re representing your country and home institution. How you behave and comport yourself may influence how the people you come into contact with view America. This is especially…