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 2/12-2/25

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!

Best of OU Create 2/4-2/11

Over the past week, the OU Create community has generated content about tons of topics, from study abroad to international events here on campus. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the last week, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create 2/4-2/11!

And now for the roundup…

Morgan shared a post about the ancient Nazca Lines in Peru. Read their post here to learn about the site’s history and current endangerment.

Aerial view of the Spider (46 meters long) at Nazca Lines, some 435 km south of Lima, Peru on December 11, 2014. Geoglyphs can be seen only from atop the surrounding foothills or from aircrafts. The purpose of Nazca lines remains unclear, according some scientists Nazca people created them to be seen by their gods from the sky. Nazca Lines cover an area of about 500 km2.      AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI        (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Eva recently attended the “Bagaisu Men Don’t Cry” event here on campus. Eva shares what she learned at the event in her post here, as well as her reaction to it.

Screen shot of Eva's postBenjamin is finishing up his semester abroad in Germany. To celebrate, he took a side trip to Barcelona! Read all about Benjamin’s experience in Spain in his post here.

Screen shot of Benjamin's postLandes, who was featured last week for their post on Superbowl ads, is back again this week with a more in depth post about the topic. Specifically, Landes discusses what was so brilliant about the Tide ads during the Superbowl.

Screen shot of Landes'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 1/29-2/4

Over the past week, the OU Create community has written posts on everything from the study abroad to the Super Bowl. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the last week, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create 1/29-2/4!

And now for the roundup…

Thomas is studying abroad in Arezzo this semester. He made a post to document his first few weeks in Arezzo and his favorite things about Italy so far.

Thomas's photo of gelato

Alli is taking a graphic design class and went out to find some graphic design “in the wild.” Her post analyzes the graphic design of the Earth Cafe; there’s more going on than you might realize!

Alli's photo inside Earth Cafe

Alyssa wrote a post about the 2018 Grammy Awards. In her post, Alyssa discusses her take on this year’s Grammys, especially when compared to last year’s.

Screen shot of Alyssa's post

Landes also made a blog post about current pop culture — namely, Superbowl ads. Check out Landes’s post to see their take on the best of the newest crop of Superbowl commercials.

Screen shot of Landes'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 1/16-1/28

Over the past two weeks, the OU Create community has written posts on everything from the beauty of horses to freeform poetry. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the last two weeks, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create 1/16-1/28!

And now for the roundup…

Emily is studying abroad this semester in Bordeaux, France. In her post, Emily talks about getting settled in to a new country and all of the ways a student studying abroad can acclimate to a new place.

Emily's photo of St. Andre's Cathedral

Ashlynn also wrote about her study abroad experiences. Ashlynn has recently returned from study abroad in Beijing and Germany, and she reflects on the difficulty of travel restlessness.

Screen shot of Ashlynn's post

Meredith shared a post describing her personal development as a creative person. Her journey has culminated in her taking a class on graphic design, which she is looking forward to.

Screen shot of Meredith's blog post

Maggie, like Meredith, shared a post about personal refection. In her post, Maggie shares her goals for the semester and shares her recommendations with her readers.

Screen shot of Maggie's blog post

In a different mode of writing, Luke shared a poem on his blog last week. The poem, “Heave Ho,” is full of meaningful repetition and vibrant imagery, creating a feeling of working tirelessly and achieving nothing; a lot of students can relate to that feeling going into the spring semester. Check out Luke’s poem here.

Screen shot of Luke's poem

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

Best of OU Create Winter Break 17-18

Over the winter break, the OU Create community made a ton of interesting posts, about everything from retrospectives on the Fall semester to Mario Kart Wii. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the last month, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create from Winter Break!

And now for the roundup…

Brent is a graduate student who worked as the co-curator of Bizzel’s Galileo’s World exhibition. In his post, Brent shares more about the exhibit, the work that went into it, and how this experience has helped him grow as a professional.

Brent's photoof the OU Bizzel Library 5th Floor Exhibit Hall

Carolyn shared a post about the role soccer has played in her life. While she doesn’t play competitively anymore, Carolyn reflects on the moral lessons she learned during her time playing the game.

Carolyn's photo of herself playing soccer

Rachel made a list of her favorite Instagram photographers. Not only is this post a great way to beautify your feed, but Rachel also gives a brief overview of each photographer’s artistic style.

Screenshot of Rachel's post

Elizabeth traveled to Israel over the summer and took the Winter Break to finish sharing all of the photos and stories from her trip. Her post covers three weeks of travel in Israel, with beautiful photos.

Elizabeth's photo of art in Jerusalem

Emmanuelle spent part of the Winter Break in New Orleans, exploring the history and culture of the city. Her post covers everything from the French Quarter to swamp tours.

Emmanuelle's photo of paintings in the French Quarter

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