Get engaged in what matters! My beginning as a first year student developed as I got involved on campus from being a hall representatives for my residence hall and working for the cultural centers. I was able to discover experiences that developed my professional skills, social networking skills, and challenged me to be fearless in bringing voice to the tough issues that arise on campus. I started out small, challenging myself little bit by little bit to rise to the occasion. I remember my first program I was apart of; the September Scholars Summer Program. I required to do a final presentation. I challenged myself do do something different and out of the box. I used a powerpoint with no words, only pictures for a 15 minute presentation. I challenged myself to put forth the extra effort to capture the room with my voice through story telling in a format that was different even for me. I was not sure that it would work but as I pushed myself, I excelled. As I continue to do so, who knows what I will accomplish next. What are you doing to challenge yourself in your everyday life?
We hope you’re staying warm as the temperature grows frigid.
Here in the IRC, we’re keeping busy with a few upcoming events the month of November, including International Education Week!
Because there is so much going on, here is a reminder of what’s going on at ISOSU.
Danger of a Single Perspective
For Thursday’s Danger of a Single Perspective, we’re taking a look, and discussing the educational systems around the world!
Members of the ISOSU exec team have already begun discussing the differences between each country. For example. in Malaysia, a 75% is considered an A! That’s the same in Jamaica, where my dad is from.
According to Dulguun, our International Coordinator, in her home-country, Mongolia, an A is the same as in the United States.
International Education Week Coffee Hour
International Education Week 2014 starts Monday, Nov. 17. In honor of celebrating international education, ISOSU is teaming up with the Division of International Programs to host the biggest Coffee Hour of the term! Literally. We anticipate 100 attendees to come. This means more fun, more opportunities to network, and more food. Free food.
So drop by the International Resource Center from 4:30-6pm to celebrate with us! RSVP on our event page.
Meet ‘N’ Mingle
ISOSU’s biggest event of the term is just around the corner: Meet ‘N’ Mingle! International students, this is the event for you! If you’re interested in networking, gathering resources and taking the steps to become a leader at OSU, join us in the MU Horizon Room for Meet ‘N’ Mingle!
More event details to come on our social media!
Intersection of Identity
This project is one that will benefit many international students on campus. For international students within the LGBTQ community, it’s important to know that resources are available. And if you ever feel shy of entering the Pride Center, representatives want you to know that there is a back door you can use. ISOSU wants to help you guys get connected. Join us for Intersection of Identity to learn more!
Through a series of engagement in the community, you will meet many new faces and you will often forget who you encountered.
At the end of the day, you will feel good that somebody knows you even if you forget them. You eventually will recall some great memories related to the person about an awesome event or involvement that you were a part of.
Never be afraid to say “Hi!”, even to someone you barely know.
Challenge yourself to say “Hi” to somebody you don’t know and make new friends.
Be engage in an activity with someone new. #beBEAVERBOLD
The Omani Students Association at OSU celebrated the Omani Woman’s Day on October 17th at the Memorial Union Lounge appreciating and honoring the woman’s role in the national development movement of Oman where the visitors enjoyed the gallery and knowing about the woman’s accomplishes in many different fields. The Omani Students association would like to thank everyone made this event happen by coming and supporting us, and special thanks to our sponsor “Monroe Dental Avenue” for being our supporter. Thanks to the photographers of he event: Abdullah Al Zadjali, Husam Al Hinai, Hood Al Mayyahi, Hamdan Al Qasmi, Al Moatasim Al Ismaili. And a big thank you to all who participated!
The Student Events and Activities Center here at OSU, supports and encourages cultural celebrations, and we thank the Omani Student Association for educating the public about the Omani Woman’s day. We also encourage the students of OSU to participate in these amazing free, yummy, and exciting events! You don’t want to miss out.
Hope you’re having a good start to your week! Midterms are over for many of us here at OSU, which gives us a chance to wind down and enjoy life. As you all know, Halloween is fast approaching, so in the spirit of the season, I went around and asked members of the ISOSU team a very important question this time of year:
How do you celebrate Halloween in your culture?
Quingming (Tomb Sweeping Day)
Our internal coordinator, Melissa Feng was born in China, and to this question, she answered: “Nothing.”
In China, people don’t do anything for Halloween. In fact, they don’t know what Halloween is.
Chinese may not know about Halloween, but they honor their ancestors every year for during a festival known as Quingming on the fifth of April.
“People burn fake paper money so the dead can spend it in the underworld,” Melissa said. “It’s not a celebration, it’s more like a sad day. Usually people go to the headstone of their loved ones.”
Melissa has never participated in Quingming, but says it’s a way to remember and appreciate ancestors who have passed. Acts of respect and remembrance vary throughout the country, but in most cases, money is burned and tombstones are swept clean.
Dia de las Brujas (Day of the witches/Halloween)
In a show of how cultures may appear different but share many aspects in common, ISOSU co-director, Estefania Arellana, shares how people in her culture celebrate Halloween.
“The kids dress up,” Estafania said. “They go out to the streets to ask for candy.”
In Colombia, people celebrate this spooky holiday much like we do in the United States. Every October 31, they have a festival of the dead, children dress up, and candy is disbursed.
“We don’t do a Halloween, per se,” said co-director Rone Nop. “But we have celebrations of the dead.”
These celebrations include large feasts where family members set aside portions for their ancestors. “And we burn fake money,” Rone said. “It’s called ‘heavenly money:’ money that goes to heaven. It’s very similar to Chinese culture.”
How do you celebrate Halloween in your culture? Does it follow the western style where children dress in frightening costumes and go door-to-door for candy? Or does it resemble the honor and respect for one’s ancestors as seen in many Eastern cultures?
This event is presented by SEAC, ASOSU, ISOSU and Diversity Development! There will be free food, prizes, a haunted house to explore, and a costume content! You will also get a more in depth version of how Halloween is celebrated within cultures across the world. So come celebrate the night with us as we celebrate culture, tradition and community. OSU’s Halloween Beaver Bash is a family friendly event!
I was a shy, 17-year-old teenager when I first came to OSU alone with 2 trunks.
I still remember the first night I was in my dorm room alone and I was so scared to go out. Four years ago, I could have never imagined that I would become a student leader in America; in a cultural organization different from my own culture. Now I have gained a lot of event planning experiences, a lot of friends from different cultural groups, more confidence of speaking in front of a crowd and a job I enjoy.
In my junior year, I was looking for some changes. My friend asked me if I wanted to dance K-pop at Korea Night. I was not confident since I had never danced on stage. “YOLO” is always the line in my head which pushes me to keep going forward. I am so glad that I made the right choice. Dancing with a group of people for months and a completed performance on stage was one of the best things I did in college.
I was the treasurer and vice-president of Japanese Student Association, and yes, I am a Hong Kongese. I performed in Japan Nights with people that share the same interests. I am glad that Japanese Student Association is a club that welcomes everyone who are interested in Japanese culture. Putting up Japan Nights were great opportunities to learn about working with different people. The feeling of completing the shows with a group of officers altogether is the best feeling ever.
College is definitely a place where you can find out more about yourself. Find a time to go explore other things outside of your academic life. Don’t just stay in your dorm room or apartment after you’re done studying because you are going to miss out on a lot of fun, irreplaceable experiences and memories that you would regret not having. Step out of your comfort zone! You never know who you will meet, what you will experience, but you will definitely learn something.
I am really lucky to have such a chance to study abroad in the United States. If I had to choose again, I will still come to OSU because it is such a nice, friendly place.
#beBEAVERBOLD. Do a little more every day and explore your own potential. #beBEAVERBOLD. Thrive hard for what you desire, speak your voice, be visible, and be BOLD.
Author: Joyce Lam, Hong Kong
Student Events and Activities Center – Event Specialist
Computer Science, Senior
Japanese Student Association Vice-president(2013-2014), Treasurer(2012-2013)
Be it through video or fliers show what your goal is for that event/activity/campaign (is it for fun? is it educational? is it cultural?)
2. Tell the target group “When/Where”
When the event/activity/campaign is taking place is very important to be visible in a video/flier for ease of checking and seeing if it fits in their schedule or if it’s happening today or in a week so they can place it on their calendar
Where is equally important, if it’s a building on campus most of the time the building name and room number is enough but other times if your target population is also the community placing a link with a map of the buildings is equally as important
3. Tell the target group “How”‘
How is the issue/educational topic/activity beneficial or relevant to them
How they should be dressed
How they should present themselves
How prepared they should be
How many people will be allowed to enter the event
As an example for the pints above you can see this flier:
4. Reach different users via the methods they use to gather information
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, flicker (past event photos)
Go through the timeline and check off once a task has been completed or add others that come up
If there is something that comes up try to work around it and change things around & talk through it with your team
9. Day of event advertising
Try to reach those who you didn’t get a chance to, send last minute texts to remind your friends
Remind your target group by sending reminders through the different communication tools
Chalking in the MU Quad
Make sure to have fliers/information about your department as a whole, or future events
Last but not least, enjoy the event! Take a team picture and celebrate your accomplishments as a team. If you have more tips, or if you’d like to share your story with us to be posted on the blog comment bellow or email email@example.com Thank you all for reading! Valeria Ursu