Field Trips in College?
Blogger: Katherine Kim
To answer the question above simply: yes. Field trips remind of us all of the good ‘ol days going to explore somewhere outside the classroom, but who knew these adventures would continue into college? In my Cultural Studies Program class “Gender and Pop Culture,” we went on a field trip to Hamburger Mary’s for a drag brunch. Now, if you’re like me when you hear “drag brunch” you’re surprised, curious, and a little confused all at the same time, but you’re OK with the idea of going somewhere off campus and getting free food. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like free food?
Some of my peers had attended drag brunches before and had an idea of what to expect when we left on the bus at ten in the morning on a Sunday. With little traffic we arrived before Hamburger Mary’s opened, but by the time they were about to open there was a large crowd outside waiting to be let in. I hadn’t realized how many people make the trip out to West Hollywood on a Sunday to see a drag show, and to my surprise, the restaurant was packed. I was presently surprised with my experience. I had never seen a drag performance, or knew that this place existed even though I am a Southern Californian. The show was hilarious, witty, over-the-top, the food was satisfying, and made me realize that there aren’t that many colleges that would have been able to make this opportunity available to its students. As students at Occidental College, we are blessed with being located somewhere as diverse and multifaceted as Los Angeles. And for our school to support activities that allow us to go off campus and experience the community that surrounds us while supplementing what we are learning about in class is extremely unique. With that said, I would highly encourage anyone who visits or already attends Oxy to take the time and make an effort to venture off campus because there is so much to explore in Los Angeles, and if an opportunity to take a field trip comes up like this one, you won’t regret going (even if that means waking up early on a Sunday morning).