This semester, I met my international group requirement by becoming a mentor to several new fellows. I have loved my time in OU Cousins over the past several years, but the interest in the club is so high that I thought it was time for me to step back and let others have a turn to see what an amazing club it is!
I have participated in several other student mentoring programs on campus, and I was eager to be able to pass on my study abroad knowledge to younger students who could benefit from it. I feel that I have learned a great deal during my two years as a Global Engagement fellow and my five months studying abroad, so I was eager to share my newfound knowledge.
At the beginning of the semester, I was given a list of names and email addresses and I went from there. I reached out to each student individually, and those emails inspired some awesome in-person conversations. Unsurprisingly, these students are all very on top of it and in control of their schedules, so they haven’t needed much general school advice, but it has been nice to be able to share my journeys applying for study abroad, timing when I went, the packing, and how I conducted myself while traveling, because these things were all new to them.
It has been lovely to meet with them and hear about their goals for their international journeys. They are all so excited to travel and to expand their horizons, and their enthusiasm inspires me. It is bittersweet to be on this end of the process, sharing my knowledge of my travels rather than getting ready to embark on them, but I couldn’t be happier for these freshmen. Being a Global Engagement fellow, and the opportunities that it has afforded me throughout my time at OU, has provided me with many of the highlights of my college career. I could not be more excited for these new fellows – I know that this amazing program can do the same for them.