This semester my global engagement group was OU Cousins. My OU Cousins name is Elif and she is SO AWESOME. She is from Turkey and when I went to the match party at the beginning of the semester she and I totally connected. We are both studying Psychology and both want to be counselors so that was a point through which we could really connect. I think one of the most fascinating things I talked about with Elif was her choice to be Muslim. Her family is all cultural Muslim, but she made the choice in high school that she wanted her religion to go deeper than just cultural practice. She is the only female in her family to wear a hijab, and Allah to her is much more real than to any of her family members. We could both relate on this because of my faith in the Christian Creator. We talked about how we both believed that God/Allah are the same person and that all of the religious conflict in the world is not actually the will of Creator. I found in her a true friend and I truly hope that one day I may visit her home in Turkey and get to know her even better.