Posts

living with cultural differences

The first step to living in peace with each other is understanding each other. This is what I think about when I meet people who are different from me. Cultural differences are so interesting to me that sometimes it's difficult to hold back the curious questions I have to save them for an appropriate time. I find it's best to initially "do as the Romans do," and save questions for later. This allows me to take a moment and try to understand the practice for myself first. Whether this is eating a new food before asking what it is or arriving late with a group of new friends without panicking about tardiness, taking a moment to participate has always given me a certain appreciation for the concept. This practice also makes it clear that I respect the activity and all those who are participating in it before asking questions about it. I love to know more about others and their traditions but it is very important to me that others see the respectful intent behind my que…

GED Study Abroad Talk

This semester, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to intern for the Global Engagement Fellows program in the College of International Studies. It has been my responsibility to plan Global Engagement Day, where we host speakers and panels all day to encourage students to hear about different perspectives on studying abroad. The second session of the day was titled Women, LGBTQ+ Persons, and Minorities Abroad. I invited students from the Gender and Equality center to come speak on their experiences abroad.             My favorite speaker in this session was a girl named Brooke who studied abroad in Uganda last summer. She explained that she had to dress very conservatively, even in the student housing compound, to comply with social norms in Uganda. She was required to wear a floor length skirt and long sleeved, loose tops. It is normal for women in Uganda to dress this way and I would expect any visitor to comply with social norms but I was very surprised to find out that she had to dre…

today is the (global engagement) day!

My second duty to Global Engagement Fellows was to plan the annual Global Engagement Day. Because I am only a sophomore and was unable to attend Global Engagement Day my freshman year, I had almost no knowledge of what Global Engagement Day was supposed to look like. Bushra gave me the plans from last year and let me review then in order to get a better idea of what the Global Engagement fellows expected from this event. Because I had limited experience with event planning and this event specifically, the first thing I did was send out a Google Form to the members in the weekly email so that they could give me their feedback. I listed several panel ideas and asked the members to indicate if they would be interested in that event, as well as asked if there were any changes that members would like to see to Global Engagement Day. This form was the absolute best thing I could have done for my event planning schedule. It let me know what events the members would be interested in attendin…

Talent Show is Back

Once again, I had the amazing opportunity to see the Arabic Flagship Program talent show this year! It was amazing, as always. My favorite part this year was that one of my best friends sang one of my favorite songs for an act. We first heard this song when we spend a very long summer (last summer) studying at UT. The song was "Kol haga bataady" which means "everything will pass." It was a really encouraging song because that summer was really rough. Hearing her sing that song in Arabic, even though it was for a class, reminded me of that summer. It's amazing how we can use other cultures to relate to others in a culture that neither of us is from, though both of us appreciate and celebrate it. Other parts of the talent show included listening to a class sing a song from Mulan in Arabic, which was hilarious and entertaining, and listening to a classmate read a poem in Arabic which she translated herself. Another great part of the talent show was a video that me…

My Friend Mohammed (Thanks Flagship Program!)

New Arabic Language Scenarios, New Me!

Arabic Talent Show