The Week from 4/17 – 4/23 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 138 posts. This week, we saw a posts about traveling and experiencing other cultures, as well as posts about politics here at home. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Week from April 17th through April 23rd!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Kenzi took a trip to New York City with her friends last week with the Public Relations Student Society of America. In her post, Kenzi shares her perspective on the difference between life in New York and life in Norman.

Kenzi Smith's photo in NYC

Miranda posted a reflection on her first year as an OU student. Miranda shares the story of how, with many up and downs and uncertain moments, she arrived at her current major, Creative Media Productions.

Screen shot of Miranda's blog titled How I Got Here

Tanner attended Omar Khayyam Day, an event put on jointly by the Persian Studies Students and the Iranian Student Association. Tanner got to listen to poetry recitations, hear talks on the impact of Omar Khayyam, and eat delicious Persian food.

Screen shot of Tanner's blog titled Omar Khayyam Day

Hannah attended Chinese New Year in February with her roommate, who performed during the night’s events. Hannah has shared seven videos of the performances on Chinese New Year over. Check them out on her blog!

Screen shot of Hannah's blog titled Another (Very) Belated Chinese New Year

Jill attended the National Association of Social Workers Legislative Day  in Oklahoma City with the Zarrow School of Social Work in February. Jill shares the difficulties in being and advocate and advises those feeling frustrated to “just keep showing up.” Persistence is key, Jill says, to meaningful social work.

Screen shot of Jill's blog post titled A Lesson in Policy Advocacy: A Day at the Capitol

The Week from 4/10 – 4/16 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 250 posts. This week, we saw a lot of posts about stepping out of your comfort zone and learning new things, both abroad and here on campus. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Week from April 10th through April 16th!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Ryan Quinonez shared two posts from his study abroad trip to Italy. In the first, Ryan shares his experience in a Tuscan winery. Ryan learned about the different methods of Italian winemaking for his Culinary Chemistry Class.

Ryan's photo of a Tuscan winery

Ryan’s second post was about the traditional Italian holiday of Carnival, held in February. Ryan compares Carnival to Halloween and details the similarities and differences between the two festivals.

Ryan's photo of a Carnival figure in Italy

 

Daniella shared a post about a mini-field trip she went on for her botany class. Daniella’s class went to the greenhouses on campus, learning about non-native plants. Botany club is having a plant sale this Friday for those interested in buying some of these plants!

Daniella's photo of jungle cacti

Joni attended the Interfaith Passover Seder event on campus in early April. The three Abrahamic religions were represented, and Joni shares her experience and what she learned from the event.

Screenshot of Jodi's blog post titled Interfaith Passover Landes made a post about Sesame Street’s new character, Julia, who has autism. Landes not only fully supports the inclusion of this new character, but also writes about how important representation is for young children. Sesame Street, Landes says, let’s children celebrate their differences.

A photo of the Sesame Street character Julia

The Week from 4/3 – 4/9 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 215 posts. This week,the OU community was looking forward to the future, discussing everything from summer plans to politics. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Week from April 3rd through April 9th!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Diego shared his thoughts on race. Diego shares his experiences as a mixed-race boy growing up in white communities and how his experiences relate to the philosophy of W.E.B. DuBois.

Diego's photo of himself and his friends

Laura-Kate posted about the chemical bombings in Syria. She made her post before the United States’ response, reflecting only on the chemical bombings and their implications.

From Laura-Kate's post on Syria

Emily shared her plans to study abroad in Morocco for the summer. Emily is part of the Arabic Flagship program and is studying abroad through this program.

Andi attended Oklahoma’s Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in the state capitol building. Andi shares the experience of being discriminated against by those who should be representing you, and their feeling of frustration with not being heard.

 

Katherine attended the OU Forum on Democracy back in February. In her post, she summarizes the talks from each of the speakers as well as her own take on the subject.

Screen shot of Katherine's blog post titled OU Forum on Democracy 2017

 

 

The Week from 3/27 – 4/2 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 181 posts. This week, the community seemed to be pushing back against mid-semester burn-out, offering their sympathy and encouragement. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Week from March 27th through April 2nd!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Angie shared the work of her favorite photographer, Berenice Abbot. Angie shared six of Abbot’s photos on her blog and reflected on the power that Abbot’s photography has.

Shanna made a post reflected on how she’s changed since high school. Shanna shares her experiences in fighting against social anxiety and expressing herself through her clothes.

Jake made a multi-lingual post (English and Spanish) about mid-semester stress and shared photos of his spring break trip to New York. Jake looks on the bright side and shares his positivity with those also stressed during the semester.

Riley posted about her experience moving from a small town to a large public university. Riley encourages anyone ‘feeling stuck’ to push themselves outside their comfort zone and experience what the world has to offer.

A quick announcement…

OU Forum has published their issue on gender and identity. The issue features everything from poetry to interviews, offering a total of sixteen pieces about gender and identity.

 

The Week from 3/13 – 3/19 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 85 posts. This week, the community shared their stories from spring break. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Week from March 13th through March 19th!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Emilee Sullivan spent spring break in Mexico, volunteering in a children’s home. Emilee shares not only her personal reflections on the value of charity, but also more than 30 photos of her trip.

Makenzi Smith made a series of three posts about her spring break experience in California. Her first stop was La Jolla, where Makenzi got to experience a true California beach town. Check out the other two stops Makenzi made on her blog!


Brook spent spring break hiking in Arizona. Brook accomplished three different hikes over the break and shared photos of the beautiful views in Arizona.

Han is studying abroad in Korea for the academic year, but still managed to to take a small spring break. Han took the weekend to go to Daegu and spend time with friends, an unofficial spring break at the beginning of her spring term.

 

The Week from 3/6 – 3/12 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 182 posts. This week, we saw a lot of posts about cultures around the world. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Week from March 6th through March 12th!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Sara Fisher checked in during her study abroad experience. Sara shares her week-long experience in Taiwan during her semester break, including lots of amazing pictures of Taiwan.

Sara's photo of a street in Taipei

Emilee Sullivan attended the Nowruz Persian Music Festival last week here at the University of Oklahoma. Emilee shares her impressions and thoughts, particularly on what the festival showed about culture.

Screenshot of Emilee's blog titled Nowruz Persian Music Festival

Eva attended the Latino Flavor event held here at OU. In her post, Eva shares her experience, including authentic food and amazing performances.

Picture of Eva at Latino Flavor event

Kayleigh Kuyon shared her thoughts on being a moderator for the book group The World’s Religions by Huston Smith. Kayleigh reflects on how the book group has been an amazing learning experience, introducing members to different perspectives that exist in the world.

Screenshot of Kayleigh's blog post titled Reading About Confucianism

 

The Week from 2/27 – 3/5 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 145 posts. This week, the community posted about a variety of topics, from politics to architecture. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Weeks from February 27th through March 5th!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Cara Crain shared a brief explanation of minimalism on her blog. Cara focuses on how the principles of minimalism can be applied to her readers’ daily lives, assisting with organization.

Photo of a minimalist desk from Cara's blog post entitled Minimalism

Lyndsey, an architecture major, shared a series of four posts to introduce non-majors to the study. In her first post, Lyndsey discusses the architecture of the Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. Check out the rest of Lyndsey’s series on her blog!

Photo of the Santa Maria Novella from Lyndsey's blog post entitles ARCH for Non Majors Blog 1

Lauren Bishop posted about the impact of the bottled water industry. In her post, Lauren stresses the importance of small changes in daily life which lead to great change.

Screenshot of Lauren's blog post entitles Be the Change ou Wish to See in the World

Jill Burcham explored the role of the private and voluntary sectors in social welfare in the United States. She encourages her readers to volunteer and donate to charity, hoping that she can make a difference in someone’s life.

Screenshot of Jill's blog post entitled Can't we all just get along?

Kestrel St. Clair shared her thoughts on her study abroad experience so far. Kestrel, during her winter break from studying in Japan, reflects that the most important part of any study abroad experience is to travel and fully engage with the culture.

Screenshot of Kestrel's blog post entitled Houston 2.24.17

The Week from 2/20 – 2/26 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 224 posts.This week we saw many posts about social justice and the way it interacts with our government. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Weeks from February 20th through the 26th!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Sarah Lawhead discusses definitions of poverty and unemployment. Sarah not only defines these terms, she points out how our definitions can change our pictures of poverty and unemployment.

Screenshot of Sarah's blog post entitled Poverty and Unemployment

On February 23, Allie Brookman made a post about Shine a Light on Slavery Day. Allie reflects on the importance of awareness campaigns in the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Screenchot of Allie's blog post entitled Shine a Light on Slavery Day

Andi Bentley posted about intersectionality and minorities in America. Andi encourages his readers to support each other even when it can be exhausting to continue to be engaged.

Screenchot of Andi's blog post entitled I am Tired but Who Isn't

Elena Montes reflected on how the study of history can distance us from the realities other people are living. In her post, Elena encouragers her readers to make the effort to “become invested in knowing your world.”

Screenshot of Elena's blog post entitled Look Beyond Yourself