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Oklahoma university students John Zubialde, Hunter Hays and Taewook Song are getting valuable real-life experience this summer that they hope will help them when they return to the classroom this fall.
By Kyle Schwab Modified: July 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: July 13, 2013

University of Oklahoma student John Zubialde, who dreams of working for the CIA, recently returned from three weeks of study in Turkey. The international security major got an eyeful, including rioting and rebellion that has shaken that country.

Northeastern State student Hunter Hays is interning at Waterloo Road Baptist Church in Edmond. He's torn between becoming a minister or a football coach, so he wanted to get some real-life experience to inform his decision.

OU microbiology student Taewook Song has been busy preparing for the Dental Admission Test, but he's also been helping his family by working in their doughnut shop.

They are among many Oklahoma university students who are gaining valuable experience this summer that will help them when they return to the classroom in the fall — and trying to have some fun along the way.

Turkish protests

Learning about Turkish culture and politics became more eventful when Zubialde's trip overlapped with major protests there. Zubialde, 22, even photographed and took video of some of these tumultuous events.

“I didn't get tear gassed but two of my friends did,” he said. Zubialde was in Turkey for more than a week of protesting before leaving the country June 5.

Church internship

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