Reflections

Tourism vs. Immersion

June 2, 2018

Growing up traveling, I have experience with several different kinds of trips. I grew up visiting places with my family, but also visiting my parents’ home country of the Philippines. Just comparing those two travel types, I had a very different travel experience in both. When we went to Europe, we were doing popular experiences […]

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Tradition vs. Secularization

It is very interesting how tradition changes over time around the world. Considering traditions in the United States, most holidays do not have any real meaning for most people past a day off work and time to spend with family and friends. Typically, traditions in the United States are ritualistic without meaning—For example, during the […]

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Video Games as a Force of Globalization

November 18, 2017

Video games have always been a big part of my life, from my childhood up until now. I grew up playing Nintendo 64 and GameBoy Advance, and many games from Japan had a big influence on my life and outlook on things as a kid. These games were presenting something that was a bit harder […]

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The Fulbright Application

September 28, 2017

This semester I spent a lot of time preparing an application to be a Fulbright International Scholar. It was a difficult process, mostly due to the fact that formation of a connection had to be done completely independently. The program I applied for was to conduct pediatric cancer research in the Netherlands. While there was […]

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Fashion as a Force of Globalization

May 15, 2017

One of my favorite hobbies is fashion. I have become very interested in style and how it relates to different subcultures. One of the biggest aspects of fashion is how global it has become. Before the internet, I would have known nothing about fashion except for what I see in my immediate area. However, due […]

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Music as a Force of Globalization

This semester, I have began to take a class called Middle Eastern music. Music is a big part of my life, and I have thought about it recently in terms of its impact as an international force. Music is enjoyed by people all around the world, and not restricted to any certain culture. Music is […]

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International Transportation

November 15, 2016

Transportation is something that is universally required, but despite this universality, it is still heavily affected by culture. Different countries have unique methods of transportation that fit in with the needs of their culture and limitations. It’s interesting how similar modes of transportation are looked at differently depending on the area of the world. For […]

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The Effect of Technology on Internationalism

September 28, 2016

Technology has revolutionized the way we connect across the globe. People who have never met before can now interact with each other from other sides of the planet as easily as you can meet someone on the street. The impact of technology on globalism has been staggering and affects the world in so many ways. […]

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The Effect of International Experience

May 3, 2016

To be completely honest, at the OU campus, I feel that there are an alarming number of people who have a very limited world view. It has been the topic of conversation I have had with multiple people and something that they have noticed as well. Some people seem to live in a very small […]

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The International Generation Gap

April 9, 2016

As I was growing up, I would hear many stories from my parents about their lives in the Philippines. As a first generation American, it’s very interesting hearing about how my own parents’ lives were from mine. Growing up in poverty, my parents had to struggle to survive. It has always seemed surreal that my […]

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