Back in L.A.!
Blogger: Daphne Auza
Hello everyone, it’s good to be back! Well, technically I returned to L.A. in June for an internship, but over the summer I was able to hang out with people who were working on campus. However, Oxy in the summertime is definitely not the same, especially when there aren’t students bustling around the Quad or socializing in the Marketplace. I love being back in the swing of things, although I’m already wondering if I’m spreading myself a little too thin. It’s like I never even left 9 months ago for study abroad!
Also, it’s finally happened, folks: I’m a senior. Although I haven’t been able to let it sink in quite yet. Between an off-campus internship, two on-campus jobs, my senior comprehensive project, and all the extracurriculars I want to join before graduating, I haven’t thought too much about my imminent dive into “the real world.” Let’s be honest, my brain will probably explode if I do. I’m just going to try and handle the stress one day at a time.
All the same, there’s a lot of things I’m looking forward to, one of them being the festival I helped produce over the summer. On October 4-5, FilAm ARTS will be holding their 23rd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, co-presented with Grand Park in Downtown LA after more than a decade-long stint in Point Fermin (near Long Beach). FPAC is the largest and longest-running multi-disciplinary presentation of Filipino arts in SoCal, and it’s finally coming back to the heart of L.A.
I promise this isn’t just a shameless plug about FPAC. Working for the festival has been a learning experience that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my career. I’ve always been proud of my Filipino identity, but I’ve never had an opportunity like this to work so closely with the Filipino/Filipino American community. It’s crazy seeing people come together for the sake of bridging their differences and sharing their talents.
This internship also forced me to venture outside of the Oxy Bubble. Oxy students come to L.A. hearing about all the amazing cultural events and artistic spaces throughout the city, but it wasn’t until this summer that I made some connections with the people behind them. I definitely want to spend my senior year exploring what the rest of this city has to offer.