I decided to join the WLT book group for my international group. They read a different international book each month and then discuss it. This is a unique group because it combines faculty, students, and norman residents. This allows for diverse readings of the same book and interesting discussions. I chose this group because I love reading and literature, and it’s a great way for me to engage with international issues and cultures through a medium that I love- namely books. I attended my first meeting on October 22nd. We read The Blind Fisherman for that meeting. Mia Couto, the author, was here in Norman for the Neustadt Festival. We had the amazing opportunity of talking to him about his book in our book club. I’m really excited about getting involved in this international group.
Today I attended a meeting talking about the Boren Scholarship at the Honors College. I’m not sure if I want to apply for the scholarship, because it mandates a year of service to the government after graduation. I plan on going to medical school after graduation, so I don’t know if this is a scholarship for me, but it sounds like a great opportunity for those interested in government service.
Today I went to the International Bazaar with several other Global Engagement Fellows. A bunch of international student organizations were represented, and there was a lot going on. Tables were set up to sell different international items, and there were people doing henna as well as face painting. There were also several cultural performances throughout the day. It was a great time!
On October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month ended with an awesome finale in the Union Courtyard. I watched traditional hispanic dance performances while eating delicious hispanic desserts and snacks. I hope to attend more cultural events in the future. I hope to attend both fun expressions of culture, like this event, as well as informative international talks.
Hi! My name is Haylee Padgett. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, I am now a freshman at The University of Oklahoma. I’m interested in science, music, literature, volunteer work, and boxing. I’m currently double majoring in English and Economics with a Pre-med advisory. Eventually I plan to work at a clinic in an underdeveloped country, possibly even opening my own clinic. I applied for the Global Engagement Fellowship because I grew up in a homogenized suburb, and I want to get a chance to experience diversity and culture. My first taste of this was January 2014 when I went to the Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip. It was an amazing experience to interact with the local people and start to understand their perspective. It was also my first time in a country that wasn’t predominately English-speaking. The world is a big place, and I want to learn about it, experience it, and be able to function in it. Through the Global Engagement Fellowship Program, I hope to gain cultural perspective. This will be very important as a healthcare worker later in life when I must interact and relate with diverse patients. I’m very excited to be a Global Engagement Fellow.