I’ve finished my study-abroad experiences for the Global Engagement Fellowships and, let me tell you, that’s a weird feeling. I’ve been done for a while but, for the last year or so, something has been bothering me about it. I finally figured out what it is, and I’m not entirely sure what to do about it. I feel like I’ve somewhat lost out on global engagement since I came back state-side. It’s been getting better now that I’ve been traveling more again, but maintaining a sense of international community is really hard here in Oklahoma, in the middle of the continental United States.

I think the problem is two-fold. Part of it is obviously me – I need to work a little more on keeping myself apprised of the goings on of the world, plain and simple. But I also think that the United States as a country is pretty insulated from the world. It’s really easy to forget about the rest of the world when you’re not in it. The States are just so darn big, it’s easy to get lost in them and forget to pay attention to the rest of the world. But there are always ways to improve if you’re willing to put in the work!

So here’s my commitment: I’m going to rededicate myself to my international group. I’m going to reapply myself to learning that second language. I’m going to go on the lookout for international news, beyond what the American media decides to share with me. And there’s no day like today to get started!

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