Everyone loves a little competition now and then. How about a competition for your country? And no, I am not talking about the Olympics. No, this is The very first #OKWUglobal contest. Categories judged include:
Rules of the game:
- The country must have at least one student currently attending OKWU.
- All categories must be present to win.
There is general confusion surrounding the name of this great country. Is it England? Or Great Britain? Should it be called the United Kingdom instead?
Let me clarify.
Great Britain is England, Scotland, and Wales. The UK is all of the countries just stated plus part of Northern Ireland. England is… England! England is incredibly diverse with a fascinating blend of cultures from around the globe. England is situated in Western Europe and is recognized as a thriving nation that offers elements of balanced modern day living. When England comes to mind things such as, Kate Middleton, Big Ben, castles, cathedrals, and good old English slang are common topics. In this competition, we will see how well England stands against the others in language, food, athletics, friendliness, scenery, and education.
The English people, (are you ready for this?) speak English! Their accents and sayings make British English stand out from other English speaking nations.
In Daniel Carney’s words, the best English food is the breakfast. England has, “Proper sausages, proper bacon, eggs, baked beans, hashbrowns, and toast.”
There are also serval other fun foods such as Yorkies and Rollie Pollies.
Sports are important. But in comparison to other nations sports, high school sports in England are not very big. “We did not practice anytime. We only played at games.” -Daniel Carney
English people, though friendly enough, are not quite so sure about saying ‘hi’ to a complete stranger. “If we don’t know them, we do not need to say hello or wave.” -Daniel Carney
No one can argue with the beauty of England. Castles, mountains, and lakes are all a part of the landscape. There are beaches as well, but according to Daniel Carney, it may be best to stay away from the water.
Homework for most of the people of England is almost nonexistent. Their grades are solely based on the one test they have at the end of the year. Once in college, a student will go straight into their major. General education classes are not required. Authors note: if it were up to me, no homework would win the Education category, hands down.
Brazil is the only country in South America that does not speak Spanish. Brazilians speak Portuguese!
Brazilian cuisine has a mixture of African, European, and Amerindian influences. Depending on the region, the variety of food changes greatly due to the country’s mix of native and immigrant populations. Some of the most popular foods are: Escondidinho De Frango, Brigadeiro, and Farofa.
Brazilians love their sports, especially soccer. With five titles, Brazil is the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have played in every World Cup to date. Italy and Brazil are the only nations to have won consecutive titles. Brazil definitely has a chance at winning first in athletics.
Brazilians have a strong culture of helping with whatever they have; money, time, etc. The saying: “Laughter is the best medicine,” is very true to the Brazilian culture. -Kariny Delehaye
“Brazil is really good at soccer and at hosting huge parties such as Carnaval, but Brazil is much more than that. Brazil is a huge country, in which you can find different types of cultures and attractions, depending on where you go. I’m from Rio de Janeiro, which is located in the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean. Rio, also known as “the wonderful city,” is famous worldwide for its beautiful nature and for its friendly people. Rio is completely breathtaking. The beaches, the mountains, the monuments — like Christ the Redeemer — and the people’s happiness will make anyone fall in love with this city. I always say that you leave Rio, but Rio doesn’t leave you.” -Kariny Delehaye
The best universities are public and free. But the public schools are known for the preparation of students for college. Private schools are known for better education and preparation for college. In the last ten years, Brazil’s government has created a system so that everyone is equally included in a better education.
Though this country may be new to you, Serbia, believe it or not, is a real country! It borders Croatia on the northwest, Hungary on the north, Romania on the northeast, Bulgaria on the east, Macedonia on the south, and Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Herzegovina on the west (and yes, those are all real countries too).
Serbian is a standardized form of Serbo-Croatian.
Serbian dishes are some of Europe’s favorites. It is nutritious, spicy, and tasty! Sarma is a popular Serbian food. It is a mixture of meat, rice, or barley, rolled up in a cabbage leaf and is cooked on a stove or in the oven.
Sports are a very important part of Serbian culture. The most popular is “football” (soccer). Other popular sports include: basketball, volleyball, handball, water polo and tennis.
The words of Ana Popov, “Serbians are a thousand times friendlier than everyone.”
The country of Serbia is full of culture and tourist attractions. The Early Medieval capital Stari Ras, the 13th-century monastery Sopocani, and the 12th-century monastery Studenica are only a few. http://www.mapsofworld.com/serbia/people-culture-festivals/
According to Darko Nikolic, education is harder in Serbia. “For example, we have mandatory classes that we need to take, and we often have mandatory internships during the year, so basically when you finished the school, you are ready to work right away.”
Kenya is a country within Africa. It lies across the equator on the coast of the Indian Ocean. To the east, Kenya borders Somalia, to the north Ethiopia, to the south is Tanzania, to the west Uganda, and to the northwest is Sudan.
Its official language is Swahili, but the national language is English. Don’t break into a sweat if you do not know either of these languages! There are actually 62 spoken languages in Kenya, so you have a lot of choices. The makeup of Kenya is primarily that of 13 ethnic groups with an additional 27 smaller groups.
Concerning best food in Kenya, Cedric Muteshi stated: “Ugali, Kale, and Beef stew.”
As a general rule the Kenyan people are very athletic. They have a knack for running and almost everyone plays soccer.
OKWU’s Cedric Muteshi explains, “We are a friendly community. People are generally jovial.”
“The weather is always between 79 and 82. Best weather ever!” -Cedric Muteshi
Cedric also says this about his home country, “Our education is called the 8-4-4 system. 8 years of primary education, 4 years of high school, and 4 years of college. Kenya has many good qualities from good food to great talent in sports. But Kenya had too many great qualities and is the winner in friendliest community.
Welcome to the tropics! Jamaica is an island in the West Indies and is a little smaller than Connecticut. The island is made up of coastal lowlands, a limestone plateau, the Blue Mountains, and a group of volcanic hills.
The majority of Jamaican’s population is African. Other major ethnic groups are Chinese and Europeans. The official language is English. Warning: It is not really English.
“My favorite Jamaican food is rice and peas with jerk chicken. Also dumpling and ackee and salt fish.” -Khesanio Hall
“In sprinting, we have the fastest 100m and 200m in the world, both male and female.” -Khesanio Hall
Khesanio Hall describes Jamaicans as, “friendly but really aggressive when people mess around them”. Though a very friendly people, tourist often think Jamaican humor as being rude.
Regarding the landscape, Khesanio also added: “Jamaica is mountainous and has a lot of attractions that are naturally formed. The temperature is around 84 degrees so it is even warm in winter.”
Jamaica’s educational system is decent but it is difficult to attain a job after schooling. Still people can build a career and clime the social ladder.
And the winner of the best language is…
England! After much time and thought, it has been decided that England wins….. The best language! Who would have guessed. This phrase quoted from Daniel Carney was the deciding factor: “Is that ye bird?” Translation: “Is that your girlfriend?” “There’s me arl fella.” Translation: “There is my dad.”
Great English Words:
“Bits ‘n Bobs” -a variety of things
And the winner for the friendliest nation is…
Kenya! The jovial Kenyans take the cake for friendliness!
And the winner of best athletics is…
Jamaica! As we wrap up this competition, we see each country’s best! Though Jamaica does give England a run for their money in language, Jamaica wins the overall most athletic country.
And the winner for best education is…
Serbia! According to Darko Nikolic, education is harder in Serbia. Serbian education prepares you to go straight into the workforce!
And the winner for grandest landscape is…
Brazil! With all the mountains, beaches, and monuments, we couldn’t resist!
And the winner for tastiest food is…
Undecided! Food is a hot topic anywhere. After the exhausted judges studied all the contestants best cuisine they came to the conclusion that each nation had fantastic choices but were not comparable to each other.
In reality, OKWU has students from many great cultures around the world, each with their own unique strengths. Maybe your next trip should be #OKWUglobal?
Cover Graphic by Jonathan Zapata