Bound 2 Oxy
Blogger: Maddy Farkas
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of a good college education, must be in want of a life.”
That incredibly authentic quote by Jane Austen really sticks with me. In my first two years at Oxy, I needed a steady balance between schoolwork and free time. Now in my junior year, my desire for that life outside of school has surprisingly diminished to the point where finding myself with a free hour during the day must mean that I forgot to go to a meeting. I think my favorite part of this semester is having so much to do that I actually have reason to color-coordinate my Google Calendar. While it is daunting to look my life in the face and see how little time I have to myself, it’s comforting to know I can’t let myself sleep in until 2pm this semester (which, if you know me, is not unusual).
I finished up my internship at the Writer’s Guild Foundation at the beginning of August (Kevin, if you’re reading this at your desk, go back to work) and immediately started training for Orientation. In case anyone was wondering how I feel about being on O-Team, or doesn’t follow me on Instagram, I have never had a better experience at Oxy. Shout-out to all of my wonderful Transfer, Exchange, and Visiting students who still say hi to me when they see me in the Marketplace and don’t treat me like a scary authority figure, and shout-out to every single person on O-Team for being like my second family and somehow getting me to not hate a Taylor Swift song. Seriously, you achieved the impossible. While many of my friends talk about getting older on campus and recognizing less and less people, I notice myself knowing the majority of people I see – seriously, it’s impossible for me to walk anywhere on campus without waving or stopping to chat with at least one person. Please, everyone, keep yelling and waving at me while I give tours. It gives me life and makes me look cooler.
Although I thought I was busy during Orientation, with some days as long as 7am-11pm, nothing much has changed with the start of classes. Except I can at least sleep in until 9am, thankfully. With four classes and two jobs at the Office of Admissions, as well as my insatiable desire to apply for at least two other campus positions, and the soon-to-arrive Dance Production rehearsals, free time is no longer a priority, nor really a necessity. I always used to talk about Oxy students as “over-involved past the point of normalcy” but it never really applied to me, until now. As I sit in bed, having volunteered to write this blog post with only a couple days’ notice (because clearly I had the time in my schedule to write it) I am simultaneously forcing myself to exit out of the application for a program on campus which, despite my heart breaking in disagreement with my brain, I literally do not have the time to participate in. Will I regret not applying? Probably. Will I also regret getting sleep on some nights? Probably not.
If you’re really my friend, or even if you’re a random stranger who somehow got sucked into reading my mediocre blog post, you will go like the Occidental College Admissions page on Facebook. Not only will you be entered into a lottery to win one million dollars*, you will eventually get to watch some super cool videos created by a super cool, not-so-secret intern named Maddy! Wow! How awesome!
I hope everyone is having a great start to the semester, and that it’s filled with great friends (me), great classes (do your work), great music (Smash Mouth), great food (pasta bar is back, y’all!), great movies (Shrek), and great hair days (crucial).
*The winner of this lottery will be put in direct contact with our Administrative Office. The Office of Admissions is not connected with this lottery in any way, shape, or form. Do not contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback. Thank you.