Do I Have to Graduate?
Blogger: Lisa Gilliland
On average, I would guess that someone says something along the lines of “enjoy it while you can, the real world sucks” or “don’t graduate!” to me two to three times a week. It has gotten to the point where I just want to shake them and remind them that I have no control over time, and that not graduating isn’t really financially an option, so it seems I am headed down a path of inevitable graduating!
Because of this, I have decided that this year, my final year of college, is going to be the year where I make sure to finish off my imaginary “college bucket list” that I unofficially made before I came to college. This list is based off of the advice my parents have repeatedly given me to try new things in college, to take advantage of the opportunities that Oxy has, and to leave college with no regrets.
In order to do this, I decided last week to drop my minor. This was a pretty big deal to me because I’ve always defined myself as an academically driven person. However I realized that by dropping my minor I was giving myself the time to try the things I always wanted to try. Since dropping my minor, I have picked up Piano Class and I have committed myself to a few volunteer hours of tutoring local students (both are on my bucket list!).
Another thing that may seem small is that I have begun really taking advantage of the facilities Oxy offers its students, such as the pool! At home I have to pay $5 every time I want to swim laps, but at Oxy all I have to do is flash my student ID and I get to swim for free! I’ve been swimming every morning before my classes, it’s a great way to wake-up your body and your brain! I’ve also gotten a few of my friends to join me, which makes it really fun and social as well!
I definitely recommend that all incoming first-years should make a college bucket list of courses you want to take, activities you want to be involved in, and other things that you may not have the opportunity to do/learn once you are done with college. Also, make sure to take advantage of your school! Oxy offers a TON of free speakers that can be very informative and also great future connections! Speaking of which, I’m off to a meeting of the new Prison Beautification Club and then to a meet and greet with representatives from the Peace Corps, Teach for America, CityYear and more!
Thank you for reading :)