Best of OU Create 5/28-6/10

As we settle into our summer routines, members of the OU Create Community continue to share their thoughts and ideas in the form of blog posts, ranging in topic from personal anecdotes to general awareness. We’ve looked through all the posts of the last two weeks and are happy to present to you the Best of OU Create, 5/28-6/10!

And now for the roundup…

Natasha is on a study abroad experience in Stuttgart, Germany this summer! In her post, she discusses getting acclimated to Germany, especially when it comes to food. Natasha also shared several beautiful pictures of Germany.

Natasha's photo of a street in Stuttgart

Olivia has returned from a semester abroad in South Korea! In a two-post series, Olivia shares what she learned about Korean food, both traditional and modern. Check out Olivia’s posts for an awesome description of what it’s like to eat in South Korea!

Screenshot of Olivia's postDrue just finished up a study abroad experience in Puebla, Mexico. In her post, Drue reflects on what she learned during her time in Mexico, specifically about the nature of privilege and hardship.

Screenshot of Drue's post

Given the tragic news about Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, Ivey decided to share a post about the signs of depression. This post is a great resource for those who are concerned about their loved ones but not sure what they can do to help.

Screenshot of Ivey's postIn addition, I’d like to include the numbers of a few suicide hotlines:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741 for support over text
  • Trevor Project Lifeline: 866-488-7386, focuses on LGBTQ+ youth

 

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 5/14-5/27

Even during summer break, the OU Create community is still generating amazing posts, about everything from the Brazilian street art scene to deep reflections on personal growth. We’ve looked through all the posts of the last two weeks and are happy to present to you the Best of OU Create, 5/14-5/27!

And now for the roundup…

To start off, we’re sharing two posts from Emily, who studied abroad in France for the spring semester. In her first post, Emily shares her insight into what it was like to study at her program in Bordeaux.

Screenshot of Emily's postIn her other post, Emily describes a museum exhibit she saw in Paris. In the exhibit, Emily learned about ancient Arabic scripts, predating the invention of the modern Arabic writing system.

Screenshot of Emily's postOn the other side of the world, Katherine wrote a post about street art i Brazil, which she recently attended a talk about here at OU. The street art of Brazil is part of what gives its cities such a distinct identity, but a recent moment has begun to paint over street art. Katherine’s post gives an excellent overview of the topic.

Kobra's mural of Oscar Niemeyer

Amy also has her mind abroad. In her post, Amy describes the things she misses most about her study abroad experiences, ranging from language practice to the different styles of architecture in other countries.

Amy's photo of a coffee shop in Dublin

For our final post, we’d like to share Drew’s list of “The most Oklahoma things ever.” Even as a non-native, I could relate to all of the items on her list!

Screen shot of Drew's post

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 4/30-5/13

Congratulations to every member of the OU Family for making it through dead week and finals! Even though everybody was busy with the end of the semester, the OU Create community still managed to create an incredible number of posts. We’ve looked at them all and are proud to present to you the Best of OU Create: Dead and Finals Week Edition!

And now for the roundup…

For our first post, we’d like to share Chloe’s incredible post about Medieval sculptures of Madonna and Child. Chloe shares several examples of these figures as well as an analysis of their role in the church and in the culture of Medieval Europe.

Photo of Madonna and child sculpture

Next, Kestrel wrote a post about finding home, a difficult prospect after a year abroad. Kestrel shares her meditations on what it means to be home, and shares her hope that home is a place that we all can find.

Screenshot of Kestrel's blogNext, we have a post from Caroline, who wrote about her love for Filipino food. Caroline shares not only pictures, but also recipes of some of her favorite dishes!

Caroline's photo of Palawan Island

Lucas shared a post about the state of mental health care on OU’s campus. In particular, the post addresses the closing of OU’s Psychology Clinic, which has served the OU family for over 50 years.

Screenshot of Lucas's blog postJosilyn also shared a post about study abroad and how difficult it can be to adjust to life back in the US. She shares several tips for recently returned travelers and hopes to help with reverse culture shock with her post.

Screenshot of Josilyn's postFinally, Sindhu shared a post reflecting on their entire OU career: their accomplishments, their failures, and the lessons they’ve learned. This post is an excellent conclusion to the 2017-2018 school year!

Screenshot of Sindhu's blogAnd that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 4/16-4/29

These past 2 weeks, the OU Create Community posted more than 150 posts, about everything from graphic design to the getting engaged. For the last roundup of the semester, let’s check out the best of OU Create from 4/16 to 4/29!

And now for the roundup…

Kayleigh, a member of the Arabic Flagship program, wrote a post last week about the Egypt Club’s coffee meeting. During this meeting of the club, members learn about how Egyptian coffeeshops work, and how to order from one.

Kayleigh's photo of a sign in Arabic

Drew wrote a post about switching majors in college. In her post, Drew encourages students not to be afraid to switch majors — anything you learn from your old major will be applicable to your life in unexpected ways, even if you don’t finish the degree.

Screenshot of Drew's post

Maria wrote a post about careers outside of the US. Specifically, Maria talks about her status as a Global Engagement Fellow and how it has opened up more possibilities for her after graduation.

Screenshot of Maria's post

Last by not least, OU Forum has published another issue! This issue is all about Greek Life at OU, the positives and the negatives, the insider view and the outsider view. Be sure to check out the new issue here!

Screenshot of OU Forum's cover letter

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 4/9-4/15

Last week, the OU Create Community posted more than 80 posts, about everything from study abroad to the Oklahoma Teacher Walkouts. With everybody’s eye on the end of the semester, let’s check out the best of OU Create from 4/9 to 4/15!

And now for the roundup…

To start us off, Jenna checked in from her study abroad experience in Peru. Jenna’s post isn’t like the usual study abroad posts — instead, Jenna wants to give her readers a glimpse at the other side of study abroad: illness.

Screen shot of Jenna's post

Before we get into current events, we have one more personal post. Luke, who has been featured on this blog before, shared a poem about negative thoughts and going through therapy. Read Luke’s poetry here.

Screenshot of Luke's post

Emmanuelle, a Master’s student, went to a TESOL conference in Chicago to present her research. Emmanuelle’s post is not only full of lovely pictures of Chicago (see below), but also has tons of advice for grad students on a budget.

Emmanuelle's photo of Chicago

Laura wrote a post giving a detailed overview of the Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout. Laura’s post not only goes into the politics of the walkout, but also Laura’s personal motivations for standing behind Oklahoma’s teachers in this march.

Screen shot of Laura's post

To wrap up this installment of the Best of OU Create, World Literature Today uploaded a highlight reel of the 2018 Puterbaugh Festival. For those of you who couldn’t attend, or those of you who’d like to relive it, check out the highlight reel!

Screenshot of WLT's post

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 3/26-4/6

Now that Spring Break is over, it’s time to hit the books! There’s only a few weeks left in the spring semester, and the deadlines are coming up soon. The OU Create community has been writing about everything from Spring Break to summer study abroad. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the past two weeks, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create 3/26-4/06!

And now for the roundup…

 

To begin the last of our Spring Break posts, we have Hannah’s blog post about her Spring break trip to Alaska. Hannah went with her family and enjoyed the natural beauty of America’s last frontier.

Hannah's photo of a glacier in Alaska

Next, Emilee shared her fourth Spring Break trip to Morelos, Mexico. Emilee travels to Mexico every year during this time in order to volunteer at a children’s home. It definitely seems like the kids appreciate it!

Emilee's selfie with children from Casa Hogar Getsemani

To round out our Spring Break posts, we have Kestrel’s post about studying business in Costa Rica over Spring Break. Kestrel’s post meditates on how we classify countries as first- or third-world, and the flaws within that system. Check out Kestrel’s post for a detailed description of Costa Rica’s economic landscape, as well!

Screenshot of Kestrel's blog post

Natasha also wrote about study abroad, although her experience will take place over the summer, not Spring Break. Natasha is going to study in Stuttgart, Germany from Summer 2018! In her post, Natasha creates a quick “survival German” primer for others, like herself, who want to travel in Germany but don’t speak German.

Screenshot of Natasha's blog post

Finally, Julia shared a post about her identity as a feminist. Specifically, Julia discusses all of her reasons to march during the Women’s March on Oklahoma’s capitol; her post states outright the issues she hopes feminism can address within American society.

Screenshot of Julia's blog post

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create Spring Break 2018!

Spring Break came at just the right time this semester! Some of our OU community relaxed at home, others traveled to amazing places, and still others caught up on work over the break. Luckily, members of the community decided to share on OU Create during this time! We’ve selected our favorite posts from the past two weeks, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create Spring Break!

And now for the roundup…

We had a few posts from the last two weeks about travel, whether they were reflections on study abroad or journals of current trips. The first post we’d like to share is Eva’s post about her trip to Costa Rica for Spring Break! Eva spent some time traveling in Costa Rica, but also spent some time learning with her class.

Eva's picture of vegetables grown in Costa Rica for later sale at Walmart

Next, Emily wrote a post about how she spent her winter break during her year abroad in France. Emily traveled to the coast of France and spent a few days taking in the sights.

Emily's photo of the Mediterranean coast of France

Brooke checked in from her study abroad experience at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Brooke’s post explains the university’s location and what you can do in the city.

Brooke's picture of the University of Pretoria

Morgan wrote a post, not about her specific study abroad experience, but rather about study abroad itself. Her post will be useful for anybody from a small town who wants to stretch their wings during their college experience.

Morgan's photo of her cousin in her grandfather's field in Oklahoma

 

 

Finally, Cal shared a post about the future of our University. With the new President announced, Cal’s post serves as a reminder of OU’s momentum and its bright future.

 

Screenshot of Cal's post

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 3/5-3/11

We’re all grinding out the last few weeks before Spring Break, but OU Create is generating tons of posts to take your mind off school! From travel tips to freeform poetry, the OU community wrote over 80 posts this week. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the past week, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create 3/5-3/11!

And now for the roundup…

Starting our travel posts is Chelsea’s post about how to save money for traveling. Chelsea gives lots of tips to folks who need to travel on a budget. Check out the full post here!

Chelsea's photo

McKenzie also shared some practical advice on how to enjoy yourself while traveling. The biggest thing she recommends is to immerse yourself in the culture; as they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

Photo of the Eiffel Tower from McKenzie's blog

Katherine is also interacting with the international scene, right here on campus. Katherine attended a lecture about disability in late medieval France and wrote her thoughts on the talk here.

Screen shot of Katherine's post

In a turn from the international to the personal, Alyssa shared a post about what she’s learning in her design course. For her last assignment, Alyssa designed some minimalist movie posters with Adobe Illustrator; Lady and the Tramp is our favorite!

Alyssa's minimalist movie poster for Lady and the Tramp

Wesley shared a personal post reflecting on the way that relationships, even ones in the past, change who you are. Specifically, he reflected on the “things” he got from his exes, whether it’s the love a TV show he would have otherwise never heard of, or even just a passion for writing. Check out Wesley’s post here.

Screen shot of Wesley's post

Finally, we’d like to share Amy’s poem about the rain:

Screenshot of Amy's post

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 2/26-3/4

We’re all getting back into the swing of things here at OU after the snow days. The OU Create community has done a particularly good job, generating over 120 posts on everything from the Oscars to favorite podcasts. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the past week, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create 2/26-3/4!

And now for the roundup…

With the Oscars happening, a lot of the community was thinking about film, media, and representation. First, Hayley posted of the Oscar winner for Best Screenplay, Get Out. Hayley gives her take on the film, comparing it to Ex Machina and examining the piece as the psychological thriller that it is.

Screen shot of Hayley's post

Continuing on this theme, Morgan wrote a post about white privilege. Morgan’s post provides not only a definition, but concrete examples of how white privilege impacts the lives of people of color.

Screen shot of Morgan's post

Gracie wrote quite a few posts on her blog this past week, which we would recommend checking out! Our favorite was her post about women in media, wherein Gracie shares her favorite “women being awesome” moments from the past month.

Screen shot of Gracie's post

Last but not least, we’re happy to share the newest issue of the OU Forum! This issue discusses labor and how issues of labor impact the OU community. All of the articles are available at Forum’s website!

Screen shot of OU Forum's homepage

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Best of OU Create 2/12-2/25

The past two weeks have been tumultuous for us here in the OU community! In the midst of all of the weather changes, the OU Create community has generated hundreds of posts with topics as varied as the temperature the last two weeks. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the past two weeks, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create 2/12-2/25!

And now for the roundup…

 

Drew wrote a post about the Florida school shooting. Drew treats the serious topic with the concern it deserves and voices an opinion held by many people after the tragedy: There is a need for change in this country.

Screen shot of Drew's postJenna is Global Engagement Fellow who is currently in Ecuador. Recently, Jenna went hiking in the Papallacta mountain range and shared pictures in her blog post here.

Jenna's photo of Papallacta waterfall

Emily is currently studying abroad in Bordeaux, France and shared a post about culture shock. In her post, Emily discussed how she overcame her culture shock in order to take full advantage of her time abroad.

Screen shot of Emily's post

Thomas is also studying abroad, in Arezzo. Recently, OU students at Atezzo took a trip to Padova and Venice; check out Thomas’s post here!

Thomas's photo of Venetian masks

Chloe is a freshman here at OU. This past week, she shared a light-hearted post about whats he wishes she knew before her first semester.

Screen shot of Chloe's post

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!