On January 11th, about 15 IA freshman, a few IA LC members, and myself met in the sky lounge of Smith-Steeb to talk about dealing with failure in academic and professional settings. The LC members brought Chipotle burritos and tortilla chips for everyone to partake in which we were grateful for. I personally did not eat anything because I had already eaten my last meal of the day before hand. During this session several LC members talked about their own personal experiences with failure and how it affected them. They shared a lot of personal information which was touching that they were willing to open up to us. We then talked about strategies on how to deal with stress, failure, and other tense aspects of being a young adult. Then some of the freshman and myself shared our own thoughts and asked questions on how we should deal with our own issues. One freshman who I won’t name is very concerned and anxious about the immediate affects of climate change. LC members and freshman alike chimed in with bits of advice that we hope will help him cope with that particular issue. Overall, it was a nice, chill experience where everyone involved could talk about their issues and receive good council.
At 10:00 AM, myself and 10 other members of IA got into Audrey’s “creepy white van”, her words not mine, to go help paint the mural in an elementary school in Westerville. When we got there we met up with Jeremy and he introduced us to the kids we’d be working with that day. I quickly got to work cutting out leaves with inspirational and loving quotes on them with a little boy who’s name also happened to be Hayden. It was an incredibly kind and giving atmosphere that morning as we all calmly and quietly worked on the mural. Eventually, we broke for a pizza break and then I began painting the actual mural. Jeremy and the art teacher were excited to have me there because I was tall enough to reach the top of the wall. This event didn’t change my beliefs or preconceptions in any way but it did remind me of the joy of volunteering. It’s not an energetic joy but more or less a peace that I’ve found washes over me when I put aside all the worries I face in everyday life and just focus on getting a good job done. This event relates to IA because it helps out CRIS, an organization that helps refugees from around the world in Columbus. To be in IA should be synonymous with a desire to help others around the world and one of the best avenues to do that is through CRIS.
On October 25th a group of IA students met Stephen in the lobby of Smith-Steeb Hall and took a bus to the North Market for dinner. In the North Market there is a wide variety of restaurants that represent food culture from all over the world. The pastries of France, ramen from Japan, pho from Vietnam, sausage from Poland, tacos from Mexico, and curry from India. It was an amazing experience just to wander around the complex and be exposed to such a wide range of diversity that is simply captured in the food we eat. This social event ties back to IA because it had us go out into the world and interact with a particular part of culture that we don’t always think about. It is the mission of this scholars program to get OSU students to experience the world outside of the United States and one of the easiest ways to start this process could be simply to try some new food. I had some vegetarian ramen for dinner but I want to head back to the North Market soon so I can try more of the dining options there. It can be costly to travel but a trip to the North Market is a good way to play pretend that you’re abroad.
On October 15th me and some other members of IA met in the basement of Steeb Hall to watch the Democratic Debate that was being hosted at Otterbein University. We all gathered around the TV and watched devotedly yet often breaking focus to discuss the issues the candidates were and our opinions on each candidate. One of the things that I have found to be a recurring truth of IA is that we can disagree all manner of topics and still be friends. The discussions we had on the debate were the perfect balance of jovial and serious, it is a serious topic but we were still having a good time. The only issue of these discussion is that all the people there were ideologically left leaning or supporters of the Democratic Party. I hope that if we had a more politically diverse audience we could still have the constructive conversations. I believe that when we talk to people have views that contrast our own we should keep a level head and be civil in discourse. I would like for the next debate we try to have a larger audience that can maintain a calm and constructive energy so we can see what conclusions we reach as a group.
Back in September I went to the Education Abroad Expo in the Union with Naman to look into study abroad opportunities. My personal goal was to get as much information about study abroad opportunities that related to anthropology and German. I talked to and got the phone number of the coordinator of the German language study abroad programs which is the program I’m most interested in when it comes to studying abroad. It was all a little overwhelming with all the booths in one place vying for my attention so I went to the OSU study abroad website in order to calmly peruse all my options. This is one of the reasons I love Ohio State is there is seemingly endless opportunity for me to push my personal frontiers. Studying abroad interests both my academic and professional. It allows me to interact with different cultures and thereby apply the practices of modern anthropological thought. Professionally, it allows me to make one on one connections all over the world. In the future this can provide friends and associates that might just be the connections I need to land the job of my dreams. I can’t wait to see where all these resources take me in life and how I will grow as an individual because of them.
On September 11th I attended the IA Alumni Presentation about a Jacob Caproni’s research in Rwanda. The topic of his research was the after effects of the Rwandan Genocide. The presentation was conducted in the Glass Classroom in the Smith Lobby and there were about 30 people in attendance from my best estimate. Jacob began the session explaining who he is, his major, and why he went to Rwanda for research. Then he gave a brief history of Rwanda going all the way back to precolonial times. When he asked the room if anyone knew about the Treaty of Versailles and how it pertained to Rwanda and its genocide. My hand shot up and I knew this was the moment I’d make my sophomore year AP Euro teacher proud. After I answered the question Jacob joked, “hey you wanna come up here and teach the rest too,” in a humorous manner. Lastly he went explained how he got into the program and how other students could get research opportunities like that. One of my highest rank goals for college is to study abroad and due research abroad. I ate this information up and I’m always looking for opportunities to get overseas. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be in Rwanda myself or some other new horizon.
On August 30th I went to the annual Greek Festival in Columbus and had a fantastic experience! Before hand, around 15 other students and myself had signed up for a paid for dinner at the Happy Greek restaurant on High Street. Afterwards we walked to the Greek Festival and I got to meet up with some of my friends who didn’t sign up for the dinner. At first we watched in awe young children dance to traditional Greek music before getting on the dance floor ourselves. We tepidly inched our ways into the main courtyard where everyone was dancing until one of the older festival participants took Naman and I by hand. She began to walk us through the foot work of the dance and after some time and some sweat we started to get the hang of it. Being an Anthropology Major and a member of IA, this was an ideal cultural learning experience. One of the chief tenants of modern Anthropology is participant observation, actually getting involved in the culture in which you were studying. I tried my best to participate by dancing, eating Greek desserts, and conversing with guides about the church mosaics. I believe this event was a chance to dip my toes into the pool of learning from people who practice cultures I know little about. I learned that you don’t have to be scared to join in and ask questions because people are often willing to share the things that bring them joy. I’ll never forget the two smiles the women had when they were teaching us to dance. The first smile was in humor about how hard we tried at first but we still hadn’t gotten it down. It was the smile parents give their children when they mess up in some goofy way. The second was a smile of joy and adoration after we really got into the groove. The smile of a parent immensely proud of something their child has done.
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