This summer was a busy one for the OU community. Between May 13th and August 20th, over 1,000 posts were made on OU Create! The Ou family did a lot this summer, from study abroad (on five different continents) to internships. We’ve read through all the posts and are now proud to present the Best of OU Create, Summer 2017!
Let’s start with all the best posts about study abroad from this summer…
There are several students here at OU that used OU Create to journal about their study abroad experiences. Jaycie shared her experiences in Arezzo in a series of posts, beginning with her journey to Italy and her first week in Arezzo.
When in Italy, it’s a must to try the gelato. Sabrina tried more than 20 flavors during her time, and she shares her favorites in this post. Check out Sabrina’s other posts about studying abroad in Arezzo and learning about the food culture of Italy!
Over on the Iberian peninsula, Abigail spent two months of her summer exploring Spain, including a five-day trip to Cordoba, Granada, and Sevilla in the south of Spain. Abigail has over 20 photos from her five-day trip, and many more on the rest of her posts about her time in Spain!
Maggie also studied in Spain over the summer and has made several posts about her time there, including her thoughts on the food culture of Spain. Maggie shared not only her favorite restaurants, but also her favorite Spanish drinks!
Eva was practicing her Spanish too, during her study abroad experience in Puebla, Mexico. Eva has shared many posts on her blog about her experiences in Mexico, including a trip into the small mountain village of Cuetzala. Eva also spent some of her summer in Europe, so be sure to check out her blog!
Moving into Asia, Sarah recently finished an entire year abroad in Daegu, South Korea. In this post, Sarah reflects on the friendships she made thanks to study abroad and what this experience has taught her about being a global citizen. All of Sarah’s posts about her time in Korea are definitely worth a read, so be sure to check them out!
Elizabeth went on a month-long trip to Israel this summer to participate in an archaeological dig. In a series of 2 posts, Elizabeth first shares photos and history from her tour of Israel before describing the dig itself.
Clocking in as the fourth continent so far, Louise spent her summer in Gulu, Uganda. In a series of two posts, Louise first describes how it affected her to see the true effects of conflict, as Gulu was in the midst of the LRA conflict. Next, Louise gives her more general impressions on studying in Gulu and experiencing the culture of Uganda.
Finally, bumping our continent count up to five is Katie, who studied abroad in Australia during the summer. Katie’s post is an excellent resource for people planning to study abroad in the future – she gives lots of great advice about how to integrate quickly into your new environment, and also about how to plan for you outside-of-school trips, which are a must on any study abroad experience!
In addition to study abroad posts, the OU Create community also made some posts about how to prepare for the upcoming school year. In particular, Drew has made several posts addressed to new freshman, with everything from music recommendations for walking to class to general survival tips for college.
Finally, OU Create is a platform for the OU community to express themselves. Several posts this summer were personal journal entries, reflecting on how college helps us grow into ourselves. Two posts in particular stood out.
First, Sabrina wrote a blog post about her relationship with gender and how it’s changed over the years. From a tomboy who hated pink to an amazing athlete and sorority member, Sabrina wants both girls and guys to know that “There is no weakness in being a woman.”
For out final post of this compilation, MJ shared her personal struggle with bulimia and how she overcame it. MJ’s post is a great inspiration for those going through similar struggles, and she wants you to know: it gets better.
Tune in next time for the Best of OU Create, Back to School edition!