Back at School!
Hey guys! I've been back at Oxy for around two weeks and it feels like I never left. I'm already back in the swing of things: going to class, seeing friends, doing homework, eating at the marketplace, and enjoying the dorm life. This year I'm living in Bell-Young; an AIR-CONDITIONED upperclassmen dorm. It's been around 100 degrees here for the last couple days and I am so thankful for my own personal AC. It was so hot yesterday, that the administration moved the location of the Involvement Fair into a more shady area to protect the fair goers from the blazing sun. The Involvement Fair is an annual event that introduces new and returning students to the many activities, organizations, and volunteer opportunities on and off campus. This year, I signed up for a bike share program, yoga club, Oxy's F.E.A.S.T. garden, a program where I get to teach local elementary students art, and Hawaii club. I'm super excited for all of these programs to begin! Here is a picture from the fair: I wish that I could spend all of my time doing these fun extracurriculars, but schoolwork has to come first! As a sophomore, my courses are much more intense than the classes I took last year. As part of the liberal arts curriculum, there are a number of required units each student must complete in an array of different subjects. For example, I am taking a Zoology class in order to satisfy a lab science requirement. I have no desire to major in biology, but many of my classmates are planning to do just that. Many of them are only taking science classes this semester because their majors have so many requirements! I haven't taken a biology class since sophomore year of high school! Even though this class definitely pushes me out of my comfort zone, it is thoroughly interesting and has helped me gain confidence in a subject I'm not very familiar with. I'm also taking a Methods in Psychology class which is required for my major (psychology), Painting 101 (one art credit is a general requirement), a Community Literacy class where I learn about education and tutor elementary students in reading and writing (most people only take four classes, but I wanted a few extra credits!), and a Critical Theory and Social Justice (CTSJ) class called Critical Theories of Sexuality, which is also nudging me out of my comfort zone, but in a really good way! To take a break from our crazy schedules back at school, a group of friends and I went to Huntington Beach last week! Here are some pictures I took with my panoramic auto stitch iPhone app (that I love!!):