Exploring, Learning, Volunteering, and More?
Blogger: Connie Oh
It’s only been a month since the new semester started, and I can already list at least three things that I accomplished so far this semester. Not bad, huh?
First of all, I have been exploring Los Angeles far more than I did last semester. I went to Chinatown to see the Lunar New Year festival parade. I visited Koreatown to get some awesome (and affordable) barbeque. I also explored around Pasadena, which, by the way, has a lot of great eateries as well. And I don’t even have a car! Don’t underestimate the places you can go by foot and bus.
Secondly, I have begun interning with The Occidental Agency, the on-campus student-run business that creates graphic designs for campus clubs and events for – get this – free. I’m learning how to navigate my way through the fantastic world of graphic design for the first time ever. It’s a challenge (Illustrator is more difficult to figure out than a calculus problem, I swear), but it’s also very rewarding. Not to mention I can now add ‘able to make pro graphic designs’ on my resume and create my own graphic designs rather than just looking at them on the internet.
Thirdly, I am volunteering at Chinatown with AATP (the Asian American Tutorial Project). I tutor and mentor elementary school students and I love meeting up with my tutee every week! She loves to create these awesome paintings (that are more Jackson Pollock than anything, but that’s what make them so avant-garde) and give them to me. Giving back to the community is not hard to do at Oxy, and it’s also extremely rewarding.
On top of all this, I’m still continuing College Chorus this semester and of course, continuing my studies in various diverse disciplines, whether it’s cognitive science, film and fiction, history, and more… We just watched Seven Samurai last week in one of my courses, and I loved it. If you ever need a movie to watch, I recommend it. It’s oldie but goodie – a sort of Ocean’s Eleven combined with samurai action and a portrayal of social class in 16th century Japan. It’s only been a month, but this semester has already been full of a lot of new experiences and opportunities. It really makes me appreciate how open and diverse this campus is for me to explore all these options. I’m really enjoying this semester so far and I can’t wait to see what it holds in store for me in the upcoming months!