Remember when I told you a story about my OU cousin that ended up not being a story about her– and told you about Nikki, my Nigerian friend? This is my story about Nikki.
Nikki is one of the kindest souls I have met on this campus. She is always full of life and has a great outlook on life. She was born and raised in Nigeria and went to a private Indian school where only Indian students were admitted run by the high commission. When Nikki first mentioned that, I was completely confused. So I went to my friend Google for answers! Turns out the Nigeria high commission is actually headquartered in Delhi and oversees all immigration, trade and investment activities between the two countries. They build private schools for Indians living in Nigeria, but only allow those children to go to school there, which is. something Nikki hated about her school. However, she does claim she had good memories and met some good people there, so I’m guessing she doesn’t resent it completely.
When it came time to apply for college, she, like many of her classmates, looked abroad for options. She got into many good colleges and professional certification programs, but because her sister was already at OU, she chose to come to OU to study interior design. She is very active on campus and loves participating in international programs. I enjoy hearing her stories about her childhood with her sister and family in Nigeria and how much they miss it. I’m so glad I got to meet her and wish the best for her future!
So funny story– this post is actually not about my OU cousin. I wish it was, but unfortunately, I never got to meet her. I was introduced to her via email, which allowed me to learn her name: Noemie Ntahonkiriye. We talked a few times over email. I learned that she was a transfer student (she did not say from where) and that she was a junior. We also realized that we both love biology, which is something I would have loved to talk more about. A few days later, we had arranged to meet for dinner on campus. Unfortunately, her phone broke during work and she could not get a ride home if she stayed back to have dinner with me. So she went home and emailed me afterwards. I understood the situation and wanted to reschedule a meeting but never heard back from her.
However, I did meet some other awesome international students on campus! I honestly wish I had spend more time with them (something I hope to do more the coming semester) but between all my classes and extracurricular activities, I prioritized my time too heavily upon other things. I did meet an awesome Colombian named Karen, who took me and a few other friends to a Hispanic party where I learned (using that term very loosely) how to salsa. I also met Nikki, who is a freshman from Nigeria, through my SAIV dance group (stay tuned for a post about her– she’s amazing!). I met a few other international students, especially on the international floor in the Couch residence halls, who I unfortunately did not get to connect with better. Hopefully, I get to do so and make more fun memories with them during the coming semester.
India Night was held on April 25, 2015 and hosted by the Indian Student Association. I had the privilege to choreograph and perform for/with these amazing SAIV members pictured below. Even though getting through two months of rehearsals and even longer hours of choreography was hard (to say the least) they all made it worth it! So thank you, SAIV!
Today I want to talk about my favorite Indian holiday, Holi. Last year, the India Student Association at OU hosted Holi and this being the first time for me getting to celebrate it again after immigrating to the USA, it was a truly memorable experience. Here are some pictures!
Today I get to talk about my first performance and choreo gig in college! It was hosted by OU InterVarsity on October 17th, 2014 and I had the honor of choreographing the performance put on by South Asian InterVarsity, a sub-group of the hosting organization. The night was filled with group prayer, international performances and a potluck of delicious foods from different parts of Asia and Latin America. Here are a few pictures, courtesy of my fellow dancers.
This post (and three other posts coming soon!) will be something different. Over the course of last year, I have had the honor to celebrate my culture and other world cultures through participating in some of the many international activities hosted by OU. This one specifically is called Diwali Night, hosted by the Indian Student Association on November 22, 2014. I was in and even helped choreograph a performance put on by South Asian InterVarsity (SAIV) and it was my first big dance performance in college. Although I have been dancing and choreographing for many years, this one is especially dear to my heart because of the amazing people I got to meet and work with. Here are some pictures from performance night, courtesy of my friends and the OU ISA facebook page. Enjoy!