I’m unsure of this event’s qualification as an international event, but it was one of the most eye-opening events I’ve attended so far this year. I learned an immense amount of information about international affairs. I’m a member of the 56th class of PLC here at OU, last week, all of the members of PLC met with the members of the freshmen class of Davis Scholars. From my understanding, The University of Oklahoma is a partner college with the United World College Scholars Program. The Scholars that I met were from countries all around the world, and they all attended high schools in different countries than where they are from. It was really interesting to learn about the stories of all of the people who have travelled from so many different places and the courage they have to travel here to Oklahoma. Specifically, I learned a lot about the dangers of making assumptions about people based on their physical appearance. In the meeting, we were split into small groups with half PLC members and half Davis Scholars. In our small group discussions, we all talked about our personal backgrounds and our high school experiences. One of the members of PLC made an ignorant comment about a Davis Scholar in our group. He made the assumption that because she was from Africa, she was a victim of poverty. She responded with poise and dignity and kindly corrected the individual that not all citizens of Africa live in poverty stricken communities. As we enter the international community, we will be exposed to many different people from all different walks of life. If we are unsure of a situation, it’s most important to ask questions with respect and consideration, than to make assumptions.
My name is Kelsey Norton and I'm currently a freshman here at the University of Oklahoma. This blog will involve all things international and will contain reflections for a program I'm involved in here at the University, The Global Engagement Fellowship program.