H.E. Samrang Kamsan, the adviser to the student senate, approached me yesterday and told me I will be giving a presentation on internships this month. "The President Dr. Kao said this would be a good idea," he said. That's about as much detail as I got.
Apparently having blonde hair and blue eyes in this country alludes to more than the fact that you pay more for a BBQ dinner or a t-shirt from the market. It means your an expert on random bits of everything.
I fished around for some answers such as date and how long I'm expected to talk (7 minutes), but my topic is still very open. Internships.
Since many dear readers know me through internships (ahem, KBrock and Crys), perhaps you and others could help me brainstorm ways to approach this topic. His excellency suggested I talk about why it's important in Ohio to get an internship, but that is not relevant to students in Cambodia nor do I feel qualified to speak on behalf of everyone in Ohio. I was thinking about talking about the sorts of internships I've had and where they've gotten me. (Although, maybe the students won't be impressed that I ended up in their homeland doing absolutely nothing related to those work experiences.)
I suppose I have time to think about this. Everything in Cambodia is last minute, so I guess I shouldn't worry about what I'm going to be saying three weeks from now.
On another topic, I also became an expert on graduate school admissions today. The administrative office sent a girl over to me because she wants to attend grad school in the States. Sure, I can answer questions about the weather in this state as compared to that and what school has a good football team, but please don't ask me the best U.S. schools for nursing and if you need to take the TOEFL.
I think the poor girl thought I had connections that could get her into Ohio University. Little does she know that I am an island that has broken off the mainland and is floating aimlessly about the big wide ocean. (I need to work on my metaphors.) I'm a year and a half out of school and I ain't connected to nobody. I pointed her to some websites, though, and wished her best of luck. Of course I'm always here to answer questions about the weather.