My name is Gabrielle Carmichael and I am a first year student at the University of Oklahoma. I am a Psychology major with a Pre-medical focus and a minor in International and Area Studies. Although Norman is an amazing place to live and learn, I still call East Tennessee home. I love being outdoors and enjoy spending the day hiking, biking, swimming, or kayaking. In the future, I hope to serve in the medical field, possibly as a radiologist. I am so happy that I chose OU as my university because of all the amazing people and opportunities I have met already. The Global Engagement Fellowship Program has provided both for me so far. Being selected as a Fellow has been a great honor, and I am excited to continue with this program throughout my time here at OU. When I first heard about this program, I wanted to apply because it would help me travel abroad, which was something I had always wanted to do but hadn’t had the opportunity yet in my life. I liked the idea of being able not only to travel abroad but to study and be immersed in different cultures as well. At that point I had no idea of other aspects of the program, but as I learned more, I saw that the Fellowship would be an opportunity to grow as a global citizen long before I ever got on a plane to go to a foreign country. I have found that I don’t think of the requirements of the Global Engagement Fellowship as burdens, but rather ways that encourage me to go outside my comfort zone. For example, the partnership with the Fellowship and the OU Cousins program allows us to befriend international students and learn about their home countries through an entirely new lens; attending international events are eye-opening experiences that help us to have a wider perspective on issues facing the global community today. I am grateful to be a part of this new program of the College of International studies and am excited to see how I will grow as an individual as I am able to learn about and through countries and cultures other than my own.