Blogger: Julius DiLorenzo
My name is Julius, and I’m a sophomore at Oxy from Chicago.
I came into college and, kind of on a whim, decided to try the pre-med track. It took about three weeks to realize that there are probably more apt people than I to be doctors, but I still had a lot of fun telling people I was pre-med for a month. Since then, I’ve decided to take courses that sound genuinely interesting, and see where that takes me (the benefits of a liberal arts school). There’s been some magical realism, Los Angeles History, and European political thought--all leading me to think I’ll be a politics major, but I still have the rest of sophomore year to declare.
I also became an RA (Resident Advisor) this year, and it’s been a lot of fun and not like being an RA on TV shows at all. There are about 50 RAs, and you all become super close. It’s like a giant co-ed fraternity with people who love ice breakers, feelings, and res-hall gossip. And on top of it, you get your own room as an RA, which has been really nice.
Between that and school, the year’s been pretty full so far. Reuniting with friends from last year (and people who weren’t really your friends from last year but somehow ended up your friends after 3 months apart) is one of the best things about the beginning of the school year, especially when remembering the beginning of your first year, when you didn’t know anyone. Other highlights from September include a Hillel trip to temple with some friends for Rosh Hashanah (we felt guilty for not going last year, and were in the mood for some spiritual renewal), a rented bike for myself from the Oxy Bike Share (you can rent a bike for a week, and get across campus in half the time. Unless you’re travelling uphill…), and one of the big fall dances, GLOW! (It’s like a high school dance, but for college kids. If it sounds awkward, you probably just need to dance harder). So, all in all it’s been a pretty exciting start to the year, and we’ll see what the next few months have in store.