From the Diamond District to the Swagg District
Blogger: Martin Pittman
My Name is Martin Pittman, and I am junior sociology major from Washington DC.
Being so far away from home, some might imagine, is a big struggle and one that has me longing for bitter winters of the east coast. I am almost the exact opposite, though. The beautiful weather and great people here at Oxy have me consistently searching for ways to get back to the CALI SWAGG DISTRICT. My mom always said I was a flower child at heart, and my love for the west coast has done nothing but prove that.
I came to Oxy as a math major, but like a lot of students at Occidental, the social justice route was just too enticing. After a few semesters of science, social theory, and crazy fun, I settled on Sociology which let me combine my interest in society and and my thirst for scientific understanding. It allows one to study the patterns of human society, but also allows room to acknowledge human variability which seems to continuously perplex even the best economist.
After just a month of school, my life has already gotten busy. Being the president of my fraternity chapter on campus, working at the admissions office, and playing on the Men’s Rugby team has been a lot of hard work, but also one of the most invigorating semesters I have ever had! This semester has allowed me to excel in the leadership skills I developed as a counselor over the summer and finally get back to work on all the projects I want to accomplish. As much as I enjoy being a free spirit, I continuously find myself craving the fast paced, high energy work ethic I learned back home and each day I am glad to have it.