Wow! It seems like just yesterday I was leaving Houston prepared to rock Spring 2012. While on the road to Austin belting out Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga in the car with Jorge and Myhanh, I thought of all the things I’d like to accomplish this semester. Well, it looks like I can scratch one thing off my list.
A Whole New World…
Last week after an interview, I got an email stating that I was accepted into the Rio de Janiero study abroad program through the African and African Diaspora Studies department.
I jumped for joy. You don’t know how long I had been planning; praying and preparing for travel abroad. If all goes well, I will be spending a month in Brazil learning about African Diaspora in the Americas, speaking Portuguese and making new friends. Not a bad way to start off my traveling list. One of the most amazing things about this particular program is that I will have the opportunity to work with the non-profit CRIOLA. This organization betters the lives of Black women in Brazil through health and education initiatives.
Lesson #___: Study abroad. Many of my friends already taken advantage of the study abroad opportunities that UT has to offer. My friend good friend Paulina has studied in Ireland and England. Another friend, Rosa, has spent the summer in Ghana. Hearing about their experiences fueled my fire.
You may be like I was, thinking Study abroad is impossible. By applying for scholarships, grants through global assist, fastweb, scholarships.com among others you can make your out of pocket expenses smaller. Other ideas are holding bake sales, asking family for early Christmas gifts. Diffidently check out the study abroad office website for more info about financing your travels.
First Round of Midterms, the end of one class and amazingness in another
Midterms is a scary word. For every week of this semester, I have had some type of big project due. Last week for my Black Theatre History class, my group and I had to construct a bulletin board based on the play The Funnyhouse of a Negro. My group members and I did an incredible job. Our board was very creative and it depicted various themes in the story. Black Theatre History is diffidently my favorite class and Dr. Jones does a great job at keeping all of her students engaged during discussions. When she asked what our favorite line in the play we read For Colored Girls… and mine was “Celia loves Cuba”. I beamed as I expressed my love for the Queen of salsa.
Explore UT, Kite Festival
Explore UT is the university’s annual open house where students, parents and schools come from all over Texas and out of state to participate in the festivities that UT has to offer. That day hosts a variety of activities including face painting, sports and college tours. I volunteered with my friend Celeste as a Shuttle greeter. When students and parents would get on the bus, it was our job to talk to them and answer any questions they had. I also volunteered at Micah6 with my friends from LULAC whom I hadn’t seen in a while.
I also went to the Kite Festival and volunteered for the Theatre Action Project tent. It was there I got my first taste of acting in a long time. I was put in a bull costume and given a crash course in movement then I was thrust on stage to play Ferdinand the Bull in a story about a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight. My friend David from UT Service Scholars played the Matador and his acting skills were on point! I have to say that it was an interesting experience being stuck in a hot sweaty costume. Now, I understand how the characters at theme parks must feel.
Drake-YOLO (You only live once…)
The highlight of my past few weeks was diffidently seeing Drake perform at the Frank Erwin Center with one of my best friends Ja’Michael. We rapped, sang and chowed down on nachos and cotton candy. We both agreed that the opening acts were awful. All we wanted to see was Drake!
When he came on the stage, I screamed to the top of my lungs. Ja’Micael stayed cool, calm and collected but sang along to every song. My favorite part of the concert was Drake doing his interpretive dancing during “Take Care”.
Stay Tuned for a blog on Spring Break and my birthday.
Lesson #___: It always works out. I know it sounds cliché, but trails make you stronger. Even though, everything may not go the way you planned it…in the end it goes great. I never thought I would be studying abroad my junior year of college. Nor did I think I’d find UT to be the place where I’d meet life long friends, but it happened. Always remember that sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.