IHOP, Media Studies, and Admitted Student Day
Blogger: Maddy Farkas
Setting: 9:32 pm, Wednesday night. Dorm room.
Soraya: “Should we go get food at the Cooler?”
Jessie, while looking through old photos: “Can we go to IHOP? We were so happy there!”
And so the four of us, despite having early morning classes that Thursday, made the excursion to the House of Pancakes. When my mom gave me $50 and told me to spend it wisely, this is what she was referring to, right?
If you’re wondering how I’m going to relate that back to anything, I’m going to let you down easy because I don’t have anything planned. Just thought it was a fun little story about getting off campus. Now to the stuff actually worth talking about.
I have an absolutely terrible memory. I’ve considered going to get it checked out, but I always forget. The point of this being that I’m not sure whether I have talked about my (expected) major in a blog post yet this year. I took an Intro to Media Studies class last semester and instantly fell in love. When I was looking at colleges (and honestly up until about October) I wanted to be an English major. Writing is what I love to do, but my hope is to one day write for television – very different from the comparative literature at Occidental. Taking this Media Studies class opened my eyes to an entire field of work that I didn’t even know existed. Who would have thought I would end up doing a class presentation on nineteenth century necrophilia and its links to modern media and social constructions? Of course, that’s not all the class focuses on. Do not fret. A major component of this field is the idea of perspective and the history of how society views different medias. While this strays a bit from a focus on writing, my eyes have been opened to an entire range of ideas and studies that I never even knew were something to be studied. The Media Arts & Culture major encompasses production, film studies, and studio art, as well. So thankfully I will get to experience a wide range of classes by doing this major. Whether or not you are interested in this major, I highly recommend taking a Media class for the sole purpose of having your eyes opened to incredibly cool ideas!
I could keep plugging this major to current undecided students, but this week I got to plug something else – Occidental as a school. For ten straight hours, give or take an hour or two of classes in which I struggled to stay awake, I volunteered at Admitted Students Day. I remember coming to my Experience Oxy day at this time last year. Even though I had been committed since doing Early Decision in December, I spent the day getting to know other prospective students, A-Team members, and the rest of the Collins House crew. My excitement level was probably as high as it was when I received my acceptance letter. My mom and I drove up to campus and I vividly remember seeing two students in bright orange shirts directing us to parking. This time around, I noticed that my “post” was in the exact spot I first saw those A-Team members that day. Being located on the corner of Westdale and Baer wasn’t the only déjà vu I experienced. During lunch last year, my mom and I were joined at our lunch table by a freshman named Jeremy. This year, the two of us sat together with a new family as they took their break from a busy day of tours and panels. *cue the “Circle of Life” song from The Lion King* Déjà vu aside, it was an absolute blast to chat with prospective students and their families, and despite my internal clock having been five hours ahead of the actual time.
In other, somewhat related, news, I slept through dinner tonight. I’m not ashamed of it, but I could really go for some IHOP pancakes right now.
The final notes of Circle of Life play as I run off into the sunset, indicating my questionable return to the intro of my blog post.