Hello Again! School's only been in session for two (short) weeks, and I already feel like I've been here for a month! Part of that probably has something to do with the fact that I've been super busy since I got here in Mid-August. As an overview, I had Barista Training at the Green Bean, I helped at the Club Fair, I've had several Theta events, and I also decided to add a fifth class to my schedule. In case you don't know, most students at Oxy take 4 classes a semester, and in fact you can't take more than 18 credits in your first year without getting special permission. Anyway, at some point during the first week of school, I realized that I really wanted to take a Philosophy class again this semester. I am tentatively working towards a minor in Philosophy, but I'd not sure if I can manage it on top of a double-major. Technically, I am still undeclared, as I haven't officially informed Oxy of my academic plans. I have until around the end of next semester to declare. So, for now I am saying that I am double majoring and minoring, but depending on my mental sanity as the year goes on that may change. I briefly mentioned the club fair before( technically called The Involvement Fair) which is an annual event for students to see what clubs they can get involved with on campus. Luckily, they moved the fair to the academic quad (which is shaded by trees) from the JSC Quad (which is shaded by nothing). I was mostly at the Student Philanthropy Club table, but I was also briefly at the Theta table. A lot of people don't know about Philanthropy Club, so I will explain what it is we do and why it's so awesome. Basically,the Philanthropy Club works to build a strong relationship between Oxy alumni, current students and the school. We want to raise awareness of all that Alumni and Parent support does for the school and how vital they are to this institution. I could talk about it til the cow cows come home, but that's it in a nutshell. In spite of how busy I've been, I've still had time to socialize and relax (even though I spent most of Labor Day Weekend in the Library. Yikes!). This past week, my photographer friend had a photoshoot that I got to take part in. The idea was "mugshots" with a bunch of unlikely/varied types of people (for the record, I was a punk). Here is one picture from the shoot: This weekend I went to a Theta-SAE Barbecue for anyone who was interested in (maybe) rushing, or who just wanted to hang out with a bunch of friendly awesome people and eat burgers and Hot Dogs at the same time. I also helped plant new vegetables at the FEAST garden, which was a lot of fun! I got to till soil and play with chickens (I did not eat any meat for dinner that evening, for obvious reasons). For more info on FEAST and environmental Stewardship at oxy, go here http://college.oxy.edu/environmentalstewardship/hom/f-e-a-s-t/
Saturday night I went to a club in West Hollywood called RAGE. It was an interesting and fun experience, to say the least. We eventually left and went to an IHOP, though, because what's better than pancakes at one in the morning? On a side note, something that I've remembered since I've returned is that I terrifying spiders are, and that THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. In the trees, in the bushes, on the stairs, behind the benches. At any given point in time, there is probably a spider above you, beside you, and perhaps even on you. I was alarmed when I woke up the other day to a bite on my stomach, because that means there was a spider in my bed. This website articulates how I feel about spiders: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/spiders-are-scary-its-okay-to-be-afraid.html and just in case you need more things to be afraid of, I've prepared this for you: http://www.cracked.com/article_15816_the-5-most-horrifying-bugs-in-world.html I dare you to look. This shouldn't in anyway deter you from coming here, though. It's only a problem if you have a tendency to walk off the path or have arachnophobia.