On October 8th, I attended the Global Engagement Night—Fashion Around the World. During this hour I was able to learn a lot about fashion in different cultures and countries. Specifically, I learned about traditional clothing from Greece, Malaysia, Colombia, Nigeria, El Salvador, and the United Arab Emirates. We learned about the different aspects of their traditional clothing. We talked about the time period, colors, fabric, and meaning of every part that went into the creation of the clothes. We also learned about the 5 fashion cities, which are London, Paris, New York City, Milan, and Los Angeles. Additionally, we played a game that basically allowed us to look at our own fashion sense. We would go to the side of the room that represented us. For example, one question asked if we preferred colorful or neutral colored clothes. These questions allowed me to better understand what type of clothes I like, as well as understanding my fashion sense. We also broke up into groups to talk about how we express our culture through fashion and explain what fashion means to us. To me fashion is a form of self expression. It helps to express your feelings, emotions and personality.
Learning about this relates to International Affairs because International Affairs relates to different cultures and people. Learning about other cultures and countries traditional clothing will be helpful in the future when one works with people of a different background. One question I had during the presentation was, how has fashion impacted society? With fashion shows and fashion trends that occur all around the world, it is noticeable that fashion is a big part of society. This event made me truly think about how I express myself and my culture through my clothes. It also made me want to go through my closet and reevaluate some of the clothes that I have. This event intersected with my personal goals because I want to be more in touch with my fashion sense, so this was a perfect event for me to go to.
On October 7th, I attended On The Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan, specifically the Chia Khana Social Hour at the Wexner Center of the Arts. During this social hour I learned a lot about the Afghanistan culture and current issues going on in the country. First, I learned that after 18 years, the war in Afghanistan is at a point where there may be a peace deal. The United States and Russia are both trying to negotiate with the Taliban in order to end the war. Moreover, one of the presenters talked about a very prominent social issue in Afghanistan, which is women’s rights. Women are still struggling with having a voice in and outside of their home. Women are slowly getting more rights, but there still is a lot of progress that Afghanistan is working towards. On a different note, I learned about the change in the designs of the rugs that Muslims pray on. There was a significant change, in the rugs’ design after the Soviet Union came into Afghanistan. After the war, the rugs were filled with guns, tanks and other weapons of war. This was to depict the war and the damage it caused on the country and its people. Afghanistan has more to it than just war; it is a very unique country. The information I learned from this event relates to International Affairs because learning about this country’s culture and issues will help if I ever work in Afghanistan or with its’ people. Being informed about this country will help to avoid saying ignorant and rude comments. It will also be nice to interact with people from this country and have a nice conversation about their culture. One question I had during this event was, how probable is it for women to gain more rights in the future? Additionally, this event impacted me in a very positive way. I learned more about this culture and how grateful I am to have the rights that I have. This also made me look more at Afghanistan’s culture and history, rather than just thinking about the war that has taken over their country. Similarly, this peaked my professional interest because in the future I want to create a nonprofit and I think that fighting for women’s rights would be a great start or idea for a nonprofit. Lastly, during this event I was able to eat Afghanistan snacks and have tea as well. My favorite snack was the crackers and assortment of cheeses.
August 27th, 2019, Mendenhall Lab 100, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Academic Event Reflection
This was an academic event presented by the Student Wellness Center. This presentation focused on providing us information about nutrition and ultimately how to take care of ourselves. Some information that stuck out to me was the nine dimensions of wellness. The nine dimensions of wellness are: career, emotional, creative, physical, environment, social, financial, intellectual and spiritual. We were told to look at these nine dimensions and think about the dimensions we are struggling with. Personally, I have been struggling with the emotional, social, financial and intellectual dimensions of wellness.
First, emotionally I have been struggling to handle all of the feelings of being in college and being away from my family. Second, socially I have been struggling to find the right group of people to surround myself with. I have met and became friends with a lot of people here, but it’s hard to know which people I should surround myself with. Third, financially its hard being in college, especially having to pay out of state tuition. It is also hard managing money here because you don’t want to waste all of your money on useless things. Lastly, intellectually I struggle because I tend to overstudy and not give myself enough time to relax.
The presenter told us to write down our goals to improve one of the nine dimensions of wellness that we are struggling with. My goal was to increase my intellectual wellness by working on my time management and to stop overstudying. I promised myself to stop studying by 9:30pm, take 10 minute breaks between each assignment, and to get out of the dorm/study area and do something active once a day.
Additionally, in the presentation I learned about what the Student Wellness Center offers. I learned about the Buckeye Food Alliance, Financial Coaching, and Nutrition Coaching. I didn’t know about any of these programs/services until attending this presentation. I plan on using at least one of these services to better myself during my time here at Ohio State.
August 30, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Social Event Reflection
This was a social event that took place at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, August 30th. At this festival I was able to learn more about the Greek culture. Being in IA we are supposed to learn about the world around us and the groups within it, in order to breakdown our prejudices. Going to this festival I was able to immerse myself in the Greek culture by eating gyros and Greek pastries, talking to Greeks, listen to Greek music, and being able to watch their traditional dancing.
During this time I was able to think about how different the Greek culture is from the American culture, as well as my Kenyan culture. I saw how the music and dancing were very different. I also saw how the food is very different from the Kenyan food I am accustomed too. I was able to really appreciate my culture, as well as the Greek culture for how beautiful and unique it is.
I have a very big passion for festivals. Each year I go to Chicago and attend different festivals with my brother. I was able to see the difference between the Greek festival and the other cultural festivals I’ve been too. This festival was more intimate than the other festivals I have experienced. I enjoyed this intimate type of festival more because I was able to really interact and immerse myself in this culture.
Ultimately, it was a very fun experience that allowed me to learn more about the Greek culture and be able to interact with Greeks. I look forward to attending other cultural festivals in the future.
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My name is Marie Dapash. I am a first year student at the Ohio State University. I am a part of the International Affairs Scholars program and I am majoring in Marketing. Throughout my college career, I intend on getting involved in organizations, interning, and studying abroad. I enjoy helping others and learning about the world around me.
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