A Day of Many Firsts
Blogger: Allen Chen
As an eager freshman, my philosophy is to try everything! With that said, here’s a recount of one of the busiest days I’ve had at Oxy thus far.
6:30-9:30 A.M.: My packed day started bright and early with my very first volunteering event with A-Team (Admissions Team) where Oxy students volunteer to help out with various events hosted by Admissions, such as the College Board Workshop, Explore Oxy (I went to this!), and Admitted Student Day. A month in and somehow I’m already the overly excited Oxy greeter in the bright orange shirt directing college counselors from all over the nation to Keck Theater (at the tippy-top of campus) for the College Board Workshop. Funny story, I went to school in Alhambra (about twenty minutes away) and I actually ran into my high school counselor!
10:40-11:20 A.M.: After A-Team, I went to office hours with Professor Littlejohn for my Sociology 101 class to discuss my prospective major. As of now, I want to double major in psychology and sociology (I can’t choose, so let’s do both!) with a minor in education. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be possible to get all my requirements fulfilled, but Professor Littlejohn reassured me sharing that it was totally possible; she was a double major too!
(Most office hours are in Swan Hall.)
11:30 A.M-12 P.M: Quick lunch break before my first day of work...ever! The Marketplace serves artisanal wood-fire pizzas on Tuesdays/Thursdays. They are delicious. Get them.
12:30-4 P.M.: All throughout high school, I had the mentality that “Oh, I’ll work once I’m done with school. I have my whole life to work!” But, since I was awarded work study, I definitely wanted to earn the money allotted to me for my tuition. Essentially work study is money you can earn by working for Oxy. While you can choose what to do with the money, it is expected that most of it goes to your tuition. Moving on, as a prospective education minor, I wanted some real-life experience of working with students, so I applied for the position of NPP (Neighborhood Partnership Program) Tutor where Oxy students go to local LA high schools and assist as much as possible. It’s been four weeks since I’ve started working and not only has it been rewarding helping out students, high school students are just hilarious and exuberant.
(Left to right: Lena, Lilia, Allen aka Belmont High Tuesday/Thursday Crew)
5:00-5:30 P.M.: After my first day of work, I had an interview for Peer Health Exchange, which is an organization where Oxy students go out to local LA high schools and hold workshops on sex-ed and mental health. Coming from a public high school with zero sex-ed, I think PHE is a great resource for high school students.
6:30-7:00 P.M.: As I was getting ready to end the day, I get a notification from my Dance Pro choreographers “Come to the dance studio for some extra practice.” I had to miss the first rehearsal for the dance Urban Styles because I had training for NPP, so I had a lot of catching up to do. I’m also participating in Broadway 2016!
9:00-9:30 P.M.: To close off my day of many firsts (First time blogging, volunteering for A-Team, first day of work ever), I was so exhausted from everything that I even took my first nap in college.
It’s been about a month since that one crazy day, and I’ve had many more. Being productive is one of my favorite things, and I am grateful that Oxy has so many different opportunities for their students. I’m excited to have even more ‘firsts’ throughout the rest of my Freshman year.