The Battle for Aleppo

Recently, I began noticing more news articles showing up concerning the recent events in Aleppo. As I felt I needed to be educated on the topic to join the conversation, I read a few articles about the current state of the situation.

On December 12th, over 100,000 people in East Aleppo were trapped in a 5 square kilometer range as they were being bombarded by airstrikes from Russia and the Syrian government to attempt to overtake the rebel-held area. “The Russia-backed ground offensive, which began on November 26, followed an intensive aerial bombing campaign that knocked out most of the medical facilities, targeted civil defense and municipal vehicles and blocked roads with rubble.” The world is sitting and watching a genocide happen before their eyes as civilians are being massacred. Families posted on various social media platforms to say their final goodbyes.

I feel it is important to raise awareness about the current state of Aleppo. Raising this awareness increases the chances of people coming together from around the globe to try and interfere. There are charities and relief foundations that we can donate to in hopes of helping in any way.

International Experiences of Race and Diversity

This panel discussion particularly intrigued me and a couple of my friends, as OU international students had the opportunity to share their experiences regarding racial bias and stigma in America. Some of the students really got me thinking what racial issues I may have when I study abroad. Being an African American in America comes with its struggles, but what about across the globe? I’m not particularly sure what to expect. I know there will always be racism in all parts of the world, but how will I handle it when studying abroad?

Day of the Dead

At the beginning of the semester, I attended a scholarship symposium where a student panel representing many different ethnicities answered questions about getting involved on campus. One of the questions was, “What is your favorite event organized by your club/group?” This answer particularly sparked my interest: The Day of the Dead Festival.

Attending this festival was one of my favorite things I’ve done so far in my college experience. There is so much passion in Day of the Dead festivities, and I really hope to attend the next few festivals. This celebration of life brings together people from many different backgrounds while paying tribute to the deceased. The traditions such as painting of sugar skulls, personalized altars to honor those who have passed, and a variety of foods to try from different cultures are a few of the things I enjoyed the most. I believe it is important for many people to understand and even partake in Day of the Dead celebrations.

Club de Français

As I’ve been taking French as my foreign language every year since sixth grade, I decided to continue this journey into my college career. I hope to study abroad in a francophone country at some point, and I felt it would be beneficial to me to join French Club at OU. It’s comforting to be around others with some of the same ideas, passions, and goals as me. I believe French Club will motivate me to continue my journey in learning the language and of French culture. Honestly, I also joined to watch the French movies on Thursdays, but let’s just call that a bonus..