My First Day at OU
When I applied for housing, I had trouble deciding between living on the International Floor or the National Merit Floor. I chose the International Floor because I figured it would be more interesting to live with people from around the world and because I’d have other opportunities to meet other National Merit Scholars. I hoped to become friends with people from around the world , and that is what I did. My roommate, Michelle Velasco Alba, is from Venezuela. She attended UWC-Red Cross Nordic, the United World College located in Norway. On move-in day, she immediately introduced me to one of her classmates from RCN, Emils Sietins from Latvia. Although my parents were sad to leave for the 8-hour drive back to Saint Louis, they were happy to see that I’d already begun to make friends who seemed like a good fit for me. That night, Michelle took me with her to a party in Traditions East that was full of students who had all attended United World Colleges around the world. I met people from many different countries and felt so welcomed by all of them even though I hadn’t attended a UWC. For me, it was inspiring to see such a diverse group of people gathering together here at OU, for I’d been worried about the amount of diversity in Oklahoma in general. Being one of few Americans at a party seemed like a great start to the next years in terms of surrounding myself with people of different cultures in order to create a unique learning environment full of rich experiences.