“I’m bikin’, I’m bikin'”

“I’m bikin’, I’m bikin'”

  With the introduction of the Crimson Cruisers on OU’s campus and the release of Frank Ocean’s single, “Biking”, I’ve started to pay more attention to the culture of bicycling. I remember having a conversation with my brother about Denmark, and he mentioned something about how everyone there bikes. At first, I just thought that the “everyone” he was talking about was the regular amount that usually bikes in a city environment; with further research, I found out that everyone…

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Chaharshanbe Suri

Chaharshanbe Suri

“So, what did you do over spring break?” “I didn’t really do anything. I watched Netflix, jumped over fire, slep-” “Wait, you jumped over fire..?” Yes, I jumped over fire, which is my American way of saying I celebrated Chaharshanbe Suri. As mentioned in another post, Chaharshanbe Suri, translating to mean “ Red Wednesday,” is a fire festival that is celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz (Persian New Year). We jump over fire to purify ourselves…

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OU’s Nowruz Celebration

OU’s Nowruz Celebration

ISA, also known as the Iranian Student Association, hosted a Nowruz Celebration towards the end of March. Nowruz translates into “new day” and is the celebration of the Persian New Year upon the spring equinox. Other “sub-holidays” related to Nowruz include Sizdah Bedar, held thirteen days into the new year,  and Chaharshanbe Suri, the eve of the last Wednesday of the year. One of the most principle traditions of Nowruz is setting up “Haft Seen.” Translating into seven “S,” Haft…

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International Game Night and Student Welcome

International Game Night and Student Welcome

The very beginning of the semester, I attended the international game night and student welcome event. It was a last minute decision between my friends and me, and it ended up being a really fun time. We got there a little late, so it felt a bit awkward; it wasn’t until that feeling was over in three seconds, when some international students approached us. I met some people from Mexico, India, Ireland, and Iran. I got to give some direction…

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A Brief Introduction about the Early Event of the Ukrainian Crisis

A Brief Introduction about the Early Event of the Ukrainian Crisis

Although the situation has fizzled down over the past three years, I wanted to write on the topic of the earlier events of the Ukrainian Crisis. So, to vaguely summarize what’s going on in Ukraine, there’s a civil divide between the east and west side of the country, with the eastern side of the country wanting to increase their ties with Russia and the western side wanting to become closer to the European Union. Ukraine is one of the few…

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What the Heck Is “Ta’arof”

What the Heck Is “Ta’arof”

For my blog post regarding a topic of international relevance, I am going to write about an Iranian custom culture called, “ta’arof.” Now, I was born in raised in good ol’ ‘Merica, so I would confidently say that I am both exposed to and practice most American cultural norms in social situations – except when it comes to a situation where I would “ta’arof.” To translate very loosely what this term mean, it is where you decline something, even though…

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Latin Ball Fiesta

Latin Ball Fiesta

It was a Friday night and yet again the question “what should we do tonight” was being tossed around like a football between my friends. Recalling flyers being posted around campus, I suggested attending the Latin Ball Fiesta. None of us knew how to dance to Latin music, but we all love dancing in general, so we assumed we would figure it out when we got there. We get there, and there were about 15 or so people there. We…

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Being Farsi on a Friday

Being Farsi on a Friday

Being an Iranian, it isn’t surprising that I don’t see many people on campus that are like me. As a result, I don’t get to experience my culture here as I would back at home. I’ve learned to sacrifice my lovely mother’s home cooked meals for Tapingo orders, late night runs to crossroads, and really anywhere else I can get food. I can’t make Iranian jokes with my friends exchange Nowruz traditions. I don’t get to practice my native tongue…

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Learning From One Another – My Experience with OU Cousins

Learning From One Another – My Experience with OU Cousins

Becoming an OU cousin was both an exciting and anxious experience. My OU cousin was assigned to me, so I knew nothing about her initially. I had to text her and get her information and it turns out she was a junior education major from South Korea. Her name was Jeemin and it was a bit nervous having to meet for the first time because I did not know what to expect, but I am sure she was in the…

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What Language Do You Speak?

What Language Do You Speak?

It is often frustrating to me that I never learned how to speak Farsi. Although both of my parents speak the language, being born and raised in Iran, the language that was taught to my brother and I was Turkish. Technically, it’s not actually Turkish – so far from the actual language that I would’ve struggle to have a simple conversation with someone from Turkey. The language I’ve grown up around is related to Azerbaijani, the language spoken in Azerbaijan;…

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