Blogger: Amber Thai
It’s already November, and we have a few weeks left until finals come and winter break starts. I hope everything has been going well for all of you, and that the school year hasn’t been too stressful!
For a quick recap of my summer, I went to Portland for the first time and it was nice to spend some time outside of L.A. I was able to go to Voodoo Doughnut and it was good (eating a maple bacon bar late at night ended up not being such a bad idea after all)! My friends and I finished the first season of Orange is the New Black and I didn’t like it in the beginning, but it grew on me in the end and I can’t wait for the second season. I also interned at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at school where I was able to work with great people that were not just my bosses, but became supportive figures when it came to me trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. What I realized from my many talks with my boss, supervisors, and peers was that it’s totally okay to not know what you want to do. Work hard where you are and keep learning about yourself and what you like doing. But realize that the world just got blown up with regards to possible futures for us and though that may sound scary, it’s exciting at the same time. It makes you get out there and try new things and encourages you to be optimistic. This made me think about my plans for the next two years. After deciding on not pursuing a pre-med path in school, I decided to remain a Biology major and now have time to pursue an Art History minor because my schedule has become more flexible! I’m a lot happier because I’m able to take Biology courses as well as others that allow me to explore my interest in a different area that I enjoy; this provides a balance in my schedule and workload, as I’m not overwhelmed with a ton of math and science courses.
Another thing I’m looking forward to this November is Thanksgiving! Because my sisters and brother are so busy with work and their kids, it can get hard to get everyone together. But recently I was able to get together with them for a birthday brunch for my birthday and I’m looking forward to spending time with them over Thanksgiving break as we relax and enjoy good food. Other than that, there are still a couple of weeks left until then and work to be done so I wish you all the best of luck with that!
Here’s a picture of the doughnuts that my friends and I chose at Voodoo Doughnuts. Also, the weather at Oxy has been really nice lately and the sky looks nice sometimes compared to days when the LA smog is really visible. Here’s a picture I took on the way back from class in the evening.