Digital Story

I am super excited about my digital story. My audio/voice recording went very well, and I am looking forward to pricing the whole thing together. I have been working on selecting photos to include. Although I do not have any photos from the Libros Para Los Niños aspect of my story, I have many from my trip to Spain. I plan on including those in the later part of my video. I also plan on getting some stock images for the beginning, when the voiceover talks about Libros Para Los Niños. I am kind of worried about this. I am hoping that there will be some good photos online that I can use that are applicable to my story. I am also nervous about finding music that fits well with the theme of my story. I cannot off the top of my head think of a tune/song that would fit well in the video. I am hoping that as I listen to my options, there will be one that fits well. I am excited about seeing the finished project. I love watching the digital stories from the past, and I am excited to see how mine will compare.

The software that we are using to edit the videos is very similar to the software that I have used for editing in the past. This will make the process of editing very easy for me. There are so many things that you can do to enhance the photos, videos, and music that you put in the video, so I am very excited to play around with those options.

GEF Impact in the Future

At the beginning of my college experience, I wanted to live abroad in the future for many exciting reasons. Since coming to college, I have further questioned my desire to one day live abroad. I’m hoping that my time abroad will provide some clarity on this. However, whether I end up living abroad or in the United States, the impact of studying abroad in college will benefit me in my future professional career. My goal is to become a hospital administrator. Since, out of necessity, hospitals are places filled with people from all different backgrounds, being able to understand those emotions will be vital to my empathetic success in the hospital. Also, my time spent abroad will solidify my Spanish skills and help me to be able to communicate with more people. Being able to communicate in different languages is something that is very valued and important to today’s workforce.

To maximize my time abroad’s impact, I will be sure to share my experiences with my future co-workers to help them establish the same sense of cultural understanding. I am also hoping that my time abroad will open my mind to diverse and innovative ideas that will be helpful in my professional career. There are many things that are done in other countries that could also be beneficial in the United States. My time abroad will give me the opportunity to experience these differences, enact them where relevant in the United States, and therefore create an impact.

Scholarship Essay Galore!

For this reflection, we are supposed to pick an essay from one of the scholarships that we are interested in applying for, and write one of the essays required for it. Here is an essay that I wrote for the Truman Scholarship Program, based of of the topic, “describe an example of your leadership.” As I have had very few leadership experiences in college thus far, I have crafted my essay based on a leadership experience that I had in high school. Here goes!

At the beginning of my sophomore year, I enrolled myself in a “DECA” class not knowing what to expect. I could not be more grateful for this experimental selection. Since my introduction to DECA, an international organization of marketing students, I have accumulated two State Championship Medals, have traveled across the entire country participating in DECA conferences, and have been elected to represent thousands of Oklahoma DECA students on the international level as the Oklahoma DECA State President.

I decided to run for state office only after seeing potential for improvement in the organization. In the past eight months of my presidency, I have been working to grow our membership, create more competitions, increase our annual charitable donation (from $354 to nearly $22,000), and improve Oklahoma DECA’s image on an international level. These efforts have been successful, and it is thrilling to see this organization thrive. This opportunity has greatly impacted my confidence, public speaking abilities, and my ultimate career goals.

My DECA experience has been influential in developing my leadership goals; I aim to push back the boundaries of success for both my organization and its members. I strive to achieve these goals by enabling others to succeed. Encouragement and celebration are the two most important motivators to a team working towards a mutual goal. The real-world experiences provided in my year as State President have prepared me to assume future leadership roles and responsibilities in my local and larger communities. Also, the past two years participating in DECA have confirmed my decision to aspire to join the business world.

Above all, my leadership experience in DECA has taught me to respect all who contribute to a group, that everyone can be a leader, and that leadership is largely about helping others achieve their personal potentials and goals.

The International Bazaar

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Today I attended the International Bazaar which took place in the South Oval. The International Bazaar transformed the South Oval into what felt like an international marketplace. Many of the vendors were dressed up in traditional/international clothing. As a whole, the event was very brightly colored with traditional clothing and decorative table cloths. There were crafts and international decorations for sale. Many of the booths were selling things relevant to their culture, while some were not. For example, the “Turkey” booth was selling handmade beads and jewelry. There were people at the table making the jewelry during the event. The “India” booth was selling tapestries in both Queen and Full sizes. They were magnificent and I probably would have bought one if I had had any cash with me. The Iranian Student Association was handing out hot tea and a traditional pastry, which I was able to try. Although I did not catch the name of the pastry at the event, I have determined that it is the Ghotab/Qottab Pastry. It was quite enjoyable and it is pictured in this post. Also, for reasons unknown, there was a miniature horse that you could pay to take photos with. Not going to lie, I was tempted, although I did not have any cash with me.

I think that the International Bazaar was very effective in promoting other cultures and interesting students in studying abroad. I am proud to go to a university that often sponsors these events.