RUSSIAN CLUB

FINDING AN INTERNATIONAL CLUB ON CAMPUS IS NOT DIFFICULT, AND GETTING INVOLVED IN RUSSIAN CLUB WAS NOT THAT HARD, SEEING AS OUR RUSSIAN PROFESSOR (AKA RACHICK) BASICALLY SOVIET-FORCES HIS STUDENTS INTO GOING TO EVERY MEETING. THE PEOPLE OF THE OU RUSSIAN CLUB COME FROM VARIOUS WALKS OF LIFE, MAKING EVERY MEETING VERY INTERESTING AND WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL EVENTS THIS PAST SEMESTER.  IN RUSSIAN CLUB WE HAVE WATCHED FROZEN IN RUSSIAN, READ RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES, DRESSED UP AS THOSE CHARACTERS FOR HALLOWEEN AND HAD A RUSSIAN FOOD PICNIC. THE PICNIC WAS A BLAST AS STUDENTS AND RACHICK’S RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FRIENDS ALL CAME TOGETHER AT A NEARBY PARK AND ATE RUSSIAN FOOD PREPARED BY RACHICK HIMSELF. IT WAS A VERY EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE, AS I LEARNED RUSSIAN FOOD WASN’T HALF AS BAD AS EVERYONE KEPT TELLING ME! AMONG THE CHIPS AND HOT DOGS WERE EGGPLANT SALAD AND MEAT KABOBS, TRADITIONALLY PREPARED WITH BELL PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL. THE STUDENTS AND RUSSIANS INTERMIXED, AND I MET A RUSSIAN-KAZAKH MAN, PETER, WHO HAD MOVED TO OKLAHOMA IN HIS LATE TEENS AND NOW HAS HIS OWN DANCE COMPANY. MANY HAD MOVED NEAR THE END OR AFTER THE SOVIET UNION’S COLLAPSE, A FEW БАБУШКИ (GRANDMOTHERS) IN ATTENDANCE WERE STILL NOT FLUENT IN ENGLISH. THE EVENING AT THE PARK WITH THE OU RUSSIAN CLUB WAS A WAKE UP CALL, AND MADE ME REALIZE HOW MUCH I NEED TO STUDY STUDY STUDY THE LANGUAGE TO BRIDGE THE LANGUAGE GAP BETWEEN MYSELF AND THE RUSSIANS. IT ALSO MADE ME REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT FLUENCY IS, AS THE FRIENDLY AND KIND DEMEANOUR OF THE RUSSIANS MADE ME WANT TO PARTAKE IN THEIR RUSSIAN WORDPLAY AND SLAVIC JOKES.

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