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.
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.
Hays, 20, is halfway through his second and last month at the church.
“My favorite part has been hanging out with the students and watching them grow in Christ,” he said. Organizing youth group events and assisting on church camp trips are some of the ways he is serving the church.
When the internship is over, Hays will head back to Monkey Island, OK, where he grew up and now is a volunteer firefighter.
“I don't consider it a job because I enjoy it,” he said. Hays is also a state-certified first responder.
Doughnuts and dentistry
Song, 21, is trying to make the most of his summer before his senior year starts.
When Song's not working for his father at Best Donuts in Oklahoma City, he studies for the Dental Admission Test. Knowing he wants to go into some form of dentistry, Song, born in Seoul, South Korea, plans to take the dental test at the end of July and start a shadowing internship with a dentist before the summer ends.
“My goal before I apply to dental school is to get more than 100 hours because since I'm an international student, it's a lot harder to get into dental school,” Song said. “I have to have something more outstanding than the other people.”