Fall Break Already?
Blogger: Sid Saravat
What an exhilarating start to the second year it has been! It is hard to understand how fall break is already here.
Since this is my first Admission Blog post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Siddharth (Sid) Saravat, and I am a second year Economics major with a Math minor and an avid interest in Diplomacy and World Affairs. I’m an Indian national, but I was raised in Bangkok, Thailand, before I arrived at Oxy and the United States for the first time in my life. I’m excited for the opportunity to share my experiences at Occidental College through the Admissions Blog.
So, returning to the point, why do I still find it hard to understand how fall break is already here? First and foremost, I am being challenged in my classes. This semester includes discussions of the Cold War and transnationalism in Diplomacy and World Affairs 101, a deeper understanding of my major in Economics 102, astonishment at the complexity of logic in Discrete Math 210 and lastly, a dive into the world of love in European Literary Traditions. Oxy provides an intimate environment with small class sizes and lots of professor interaction. I have visited all my professors outside of class and it seems like second nature to most Oxy students and me. No wonder I’ve completed two midterms and flown through so many lectures already. Who knew studying production theory and Plato’s Symposium on the same day would be so much fun! No wonder fall break is here so soon.
While academics are obviously the top priority at a college, Oxy provides so many opportunities to learn outside the classroom. You could be in a Senate meeting allocating Student Body Fees for clubs and organizations on campus or ‘on duty’ as a Resident Advisor in Haines Hall (yes, the one with Obama's room). You could be attending South Asian Student Association’s Bollywood Movie Night (complete with Samosa’s and snacks). Otherwise, go behind Thorne Hall and you will find a (not really) hidden room where you could join students at Telefund calling Alumni and soliciting for gifts. This group of students raises around a million dollars for the college every year! Our alumni are very generous indeed.
At this point, I think I have answered my question. There is so much to do at Oxy! However, at this dynamic place you will still find time to make close friends in an intimate, beautiful environment next to the city of Los Angeles. Speaking of friends, time to enjoy fall break (refer to ‘slip and slide’ picture) and prepare myself for the TOGA dance next week!