I find myself in a lot of strange situations. I may bring the majority of these situations upon myself, but, not always. I spent the initial few weeks of my college life trying to find groups to become involved in. I already had the Global Engagement Fellows, but I needed more. I was perturbed to see everyone had already found some groups to be involved in… while I was floundering about on the list of organisations OU had to offer. Eventually I found a few organisations and clubs that I am very happy to be a member of.
One particular group that I am very happy to be a part of is OU Cousins. A group that pairs international students with their American counterparts is bound to lead to fun. The fun began on ‘matching night’. I was deemed an international student, which came as a moderate shock, but was taken with as much grace as I could muster. (In hindsight, I think it is pretty amusing) Anyhow, I had to find an American cousin. Luckily, I had a friend who needed a foreign partner, so matching was not difficult.
Joey comes from Texas, and understands customs in this region of the US far better than me. I am lucky to have a cousin like him. Even though I have lived in the United States for a substantial amount of time, there are still plenty of things, (specifically regarding the region that includes OK, and TX.) I had never carved a pumpkin until this year! And I am really looking forward to the end of year BBQ. I can honestly say that I have never, (nor ever wanted to) go to a ranch. But, my cousin, and a hundred other members of our family, I am looking forward to it.
OU Cousins has definitely helped me understand this region of the United States better. And, I know that it will continue to enlighten me.