Tag Archives: Kestrel’s Flights

Kyoto 10.13.16

My Dearest Friend, Time seems to fly by while I’m here. I’m already three weeks into classes and my birthday is on Monday. I don’t mind though. The first month here was difficult, but I’m starting to get into a routine. After I wrote you last I was quite sick for a week, but now that I’m well I’m ready… (more…)

Kyoto 9.27.16

My Dearest Friend, I apologize for going so long without writing. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’ve attended many orientation sessions, explored Kyoto a bit more, and begun classes. I’ve also gotten to meet more people, which has been enjoyable. The orientation week was boring, as orientations so often are. The information was useful, but was explained very… (more…)

Kyoto 9.11.16

My Dearest Friend, Much has happened since last I wrote to you. I have arrived in Kyoto and begun settling into my new home. The dormitory is comfortable and I like living here. Alas, it is also somewhat lonely. I never realized it was possible to live in such a large building and see so few people. Perhaps it is… (more…)

Houston—September 1, 2016

My Dearest Friend, As you requested, I will write you during my trip to Japan. To prove to you that I will not neglect our correspondence, I am writing my first letter now, as I prepare for my departure next week. I hope to write you every week or two for as long as I am gone so that you… (more…)

Tragedies

These days the world seems increasingly frightening. You only have to turn on the news to be inundated with horror stories of violence and sorrow. Every day it seems a new tragedy strikes our world. It’s easy to wonder what happened. What caused this increase in pain? I’ve spoken to many young adults of my generation and heard them asking… (more…)

The Road Ahead

Three weeks left. It’s a crazy thought. How did it become the end of the semester so soon? I’m three weeks away from being half-way done with my college career. Where did it go? And even scarier—it’ll be over a year until I next sit here on the OU campus. When I move out of my dorm room and make… (more…)

Modern Women

I am a woman. I grew up knowing that pink was the proper color for me, that I should one day look like a Barbie doll, and that boys were gross. These were all parts of my childhood, though I later grew to realize their inaccuracies. As I grew older I believed that I could be a scientist, author, lawyer,… (more…)

Cowboys, Gentlemen, and Samurai

Growing up I always loved cultures. I loved learning how different people from different countries could hear the same stories and understand them in different ways. I wanted to see the world through the lenses of other cultures, so that I didn’t miss those other meanings to the common stories of my childhood. As I’ve grown older, I’ve begun to… (more…)

The Origin of Stigmas

Like perhaps many Americans of my generation, I grew up seeing items in stores labeled with the oh-so-familiar “Made in China” stamp. I thought this was a mark of poor quality and cheap materials. I had no foundation for this belief—it was simply that which I had always known. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that this stigma may in… (more…)

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