If you made it to my blog, you’ve probably figured out by now that I am a Global Engagement Fellow at the University of Oklahoma.

 

That’s nice.

 

But what does it mean? Well if you read a little bit more you probably found out that I am “a [student] dedicated to becoming globally engaged in the world around [me].”

Translation- I really wanted to study abroad. OU offered a scholarship that I applied for and received. Which brings us to the point of this post: Why do I want to study abroad enough to go through all of this trouble?

I wrote a lovely short essay about it (which can be found at http://margaretbourlon.com/reflections/single-stories/ if you’re really dedicated) but the reason itself is rather simple.

I want to see the world but I can do that from any computer in the world. My true aim in studying abroad is to understand why people do things, and that means understanding the people themselves. The best way to do that is to walk a mile in their shoes, live in their lives, and experience their problems.

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