Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

“When you’re traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road” -William Least Heat-Moon This quote always comes to mind before and during my travels. As I am sitting on my bed writing this post, my almost-packed suitcase sits on […]

Half-way done!

As this semester is coming to an end, I have been thinking about how much I have grown since I first started attending the University of Oklahoma. I remember the fear and anxiety I felt before starting this journey. I was afraid I would not be able to achieve my goals, because I did not […]

Fall 2016 CESL partner

As I’ve mentioned before, my CESL partner is from South Korea. Chang Gyo has been working very hard throughout the last few months working on time consuming and tedious projects. Every time we meet, I am just amazed by his persistence and hard-working attitude. Regardless of the language barrier, he has been able to present […]

Global Engagement Day Spring 2016

Global Engagement Day is one of my favorite days because there are numerous opportunities for GEF members to spend time with one another. It is a day to take a break from classes and exams and catch up with friends and get involved with international events! Unfortunately, I was unable to attend all of the […]


Wadjda–the story of a young girl in an Islamic country

Firstly, I would like to thank Sarah Smallwood for arranging this movie night at Gray Owl Coffee and thank Gray Owl Coffee for allowing us to set up  this event at their location. Wadjda is a Saudi Arabian film that showcases a small part of the life of an eleven-year-old Saudi girl. She struggles to fully express […]

Fall 2015 CESL Partner

My CESL partners and I still keep in touch, but unfortunately we have not had as much free time to spend with one another. The last time I met them we went to a coffee shop and chatted for about two hours. This was not nearly enough time to catch up, but we plan to […]

Racism: it is well and alive

When the topic of racism comes up, a group of people become frustrated or go through various negative emotions because they have either experienced racism themselves or have heard of/seen

Open Mic at Second Wind Cafè

Tonight I had the opportunity of meeting some new GEF members and reuniting with some good friends I had not seen in months! I really enjoyed the stories of those who chose to share them; however,  Hannah’s story really made me feel warm inside and even sparked my interest to visit Tanzania sometime in the […]

How being “globally engaged” will bring success to my career

Being “globally engaged” is very critical in today’s society and one’s career. If people were to think of themselves as only citizens of a certain country, then there would be no growth in diversity. All human beings need to view themselves as world citizens, meaning that they would speak up when they witness an act […]

Cactus Tasting

I attended a cactus tasting event in Hester hall today. The room was packed with people and there was a table set up in the front, where different cactus dishes/drinks were being prepared. We first watched a video about how cactus is prepared and the different ways it can be eaten. Here’s a short video: […]