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Month: April 2018

Global Engagement Day 2018

At the beginning of April, we had our annual Global Engagement day, which this year was put together but my good friend Hennessy. Last year, I wasn’t able to attend this day, but this year I was, and I am so glad.

Basically Global Engagement Day is a full day of panel discussions, and presentations lead by GEF’s, on different topics. The discussion I went to was about women and minorities abroad. I was so excited to hear from other peoples experiences, especially since I am about to go abroad for the entirety of this summer. On the panel, there were many diverse individuals represented and I absolutely loved getting to hear everything they had to say.  One of the men on the panel who identified as gay, talked about his experience in Paris. Although he said being gay in Paris wasn’t any harder than it is here, he explained how being tall was the harder part. He said he had trouble fitting into showers, beds. This is something I never even thought about. He discussed how the Parisians are just not large people, they are small, and he talked about how he felt as if he stood out because of his size, not his sexuality, I found this very interesting. Another individual talked about they’re trouble with pronouns in different countries. They talked about how in Iceland, where they were from, the pronouns for transgender persons are the same pronouns as people use for objects. They discussed how they didn’t want to use these pronouns, and I don’t blame them. How could people place a human being and an object in the same realm?

This panel was very eye opening and I found it very inspiring to hear both peoples happy times, and sad ones while abroad. A good point one of my friends brought up that I really took importance to was that you don’t always have to enjoy every second of being abroad. He said that of course when we think of it, we think of being happy, and having a ball every minute. We don’t think about the times we will be sad, or homesick, or just really want to see our parents and family.  This is something I think is important for everyone to remember. Because in my opinion, sometimes when we are struggling, we are truly growing the most. I am so glad this panel occurred this year, and I am so glad I was able to absorb some different view points and learn about others experiences.

Iranian Nuclear Deal

So this talk was back in late Janurary, but it was so memorable, I have to write about it. It was hosted in the history museum here at OU, with Joe Cirincione, a specialist on foreign relations and nuclear relations with the United States and other nations. Before attending this talk, I honestly didn’t know anything about the Iranian Nuclear Deal.

Cirincione began his speech by discussing how the doomsday clock was just moved to 2 minutes before midnight, which honestly is pretty scary. If you don’t know, the doomsday clock is a symbol for calculating how close we are to a catastrophe. However, not just any catastrophe, but a manmade one, like a nuclear war. The Iranian Nuclear deal was written up during the Obama Administration, and Trump has now said that he will not continue it, although many of our allies have urged him not to make this move. Cirincione said that we were patiently awaiting this upcoming spring to see if Trump would sign it. When he last signed it in January, he claimed that this would be the last time. Cirincione explained how he believed this to be concerning. He said that although the deal is not perfect, and could use some work and modification, he did not believe it would be a smart move for Trump to disclaim it. He harped on the importance of this doomsday clock; they do not move it closer to midnight for no reason. Now that spring has come, I am very interested to see what Trump will decide about this important deal.

March for Our LIVES

Okay, so not your common blog post, but I had to write about this march because it was so incredible. Over break while I was home in San Antonio, my sister (in the pic below) kept talking about the March for Our Lives. At first, I wasn’t too interested in going. Of course I am passionate and care about gun reform, but I didn’t think it was something I needed to go out and protest about. But the more I thought, the more I questioned, why wouldn’t I go? Being passionate about something and not doing anything to fulfill that passion is a waste. So the night before, Kiley and I frantically made signs and headed to the march the next morning. I must say her’s was definitely a hit, it was so clever, and honestly pretty funny.

When I stood next to my 16 year old sister at the march, it reminded me why I was here. So many school shootings have happened in America, day after day, and it is time to do something.  It was so empowering to be with my sister, and my dad at this march. We marched from City Hall, down to the Alamo, and it was quite the experience. As we walked through the closed streets, people stopped and took photos, officials stepped out of meetings, and people watched. Some were clapping, some taking photos, and some just stood in silence. Whether these bystanders supported us or not, it didn’t matter. What mattered is that we stood up for something we believed in, and are passionate about.

Just on this past Friday, April 20, I attended the walk out we had here at OU for gun violence. There were not many people there, but I was happy to stand there for something I am passionate about. That’s something I’ve really noticed over the past semester. I used to say I was passionate about all these things, social justice, diversity, acceptance, education, which I am. But when the time came around, I didn’t raise my voice like I should have. I feel like I have really turned that around this semester, and I think we all should. If we want change, we can’t just sit back and wait for it to happen, we have to speak up, and that’s what we did.

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