On Tuesday, September 3rd, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and attend the OU Cousin’s Matching Party. I was nervous because I did not know what to expect at the event, but I knew I had to participate in it to see for myself. This event is where other OU students and I frantically attempted to find an international student to match with and be our OU Cousin for the year! At the event, we first played a bingo game where we had to find international students who matched with a section on our bingo sheet. For example, I had to find someone who had a birthday in September. We all ran around trying to find someone while at the same time try to get to know each individual that we met personally. After bingo was over, we turned in our sheets to possibly win an OU Cousin t-shirt (sadly, I did not get one 🙁🤣). We then continued with the game but without the bingo cards. I met some cool international students. The first girl that I met was from South Korea. She was so hype and overwhelmingly sweet, and I instantly wanted her to be my OU Cousin, but unfortunately she had already matched with someone else; however, my time interacting with her is one I will never forget. I also met a freshman like me, who is from Africa, and we had a great conversation.
I was lucky enough to find my OU Cousin at the matching party. If you did not find your cousin, no worries, you would be matched online with someone through an automatic matching system. My OU Cousin is from Austria, and she speaks German! When I first met her, we immediately clicked. She has some of the same hobbies and interests as me! She is studying Law which is the field I am interested in as well. She also likes watching movies, and T.V. shows (she loves the Game of Thrones), being outside doing fun activities, and having a sweet talk and relaxing. By the way, her birthday is a day after mines! She is such a kind person, and I cannot wait to meet up and hang out with her this year! We are going to try to meet up as much as we both can. Right now I am trying to plan out activities to do on campus, in Norman, and maybe in the Oklahoma City Area soon! I am so eager to connect with this student this year. I hope I can form a close bond with her while also immersing her in the American Culture and be immersed in her culture as well!