Back From Abroad (and kind of sad about it)
Blogger: Caitlin Fein
The spring after a semester abroad is a weird time. You’ve just come back from meeting the best and most culturally diverse friends you’ve ever had. You’ve been to the most amazing places and had so little work that going clubbing was part of your weekday routine. You’ve eaten so much bread and cheese that your pants don’t fit and you don’t even care. That extra bulge is a sign that you’ve lived, uninhibitedly in a new country for four months. As a post study abroader, it’s hard not to think: “Well, I’ve been to Paris, Dublin, and Amsterdam now. What could L.A. possibly offer me?” Well, it certainly does not offer the stellar public transportation that I fell in love with during my time in Brighton, England. It doesn’t offer the charming slang or readily available Indian takeaway. The air quality is worse, the buildings are ugly and new, and there are far, far less sheep.
With that said, fellow study abroaders, all is not lost. Oxy offers plenty of substitutes that can keep us from pining away after our international adventures. KOXY throws amazing on-campus concerts that get you dancing free of cover charge. Events like Hawaiian club’s upcoming Luau and Dance Pro offer cultural diversity. If you want to get off campus, check out the different shows offered at the Eagle Rock Art Center. It’s within walking distance and has everything from art exhibits, to yoga, to FYF affiliated concerts. It’s true, this semester is going to be a weird time for us readjusting back to L.A. and Oxy. However, with a little ingenuity you can get the same feeling of freedom here as you did there. All it takes is some equally weird feeling friends, a little wine, a little cheese, and a maybe few pictures of sheep.