LA is My Second Home
Blogger: Annie Yang
This is my first time blogging! My name is Annie Yang and I am a senior economics major and psychology minor. I am an international student from Taipei, Taiwan, and I work at the Office of Admission as the International Admission Intern. Besides my work, I am also the co-president of Pulse and Dance Production at Occidental College which are both dance related clubs. As you probably know now, I am pretty into dancing.
I first came to Southern California when I was in high school. Now I realize that I was pretty brave to make the decision to fly over by myself and study in a different country with a different language. Fortunately, the boarding school I went to had many international students who were just like me. Therefore, I did not feel too out of place.
When I was applying for colleges, my high school took a tour at Oxy. I liked the campus and the size of the population. Personally, I have always attended small schools and as an introvert, I felt more comfortable making friends in this kind of environment. It turned out to be true and it was easy to talk to people when most of the class sizes were around 20 people. The student clubs/organizations are amazing as well! It is also easier for me to hang out with people when everyone is so concentrated in one area, which makes me feel less lonely and like I have another family here.
It’s been almost eight years since I first started studying in the United States. I spent almost half of my life in Los Angeles. When people ask me, “Which city do you like better, Taipei or LA?,” I honestly could not answer because they both feel like home to me. These two cities are very different but because of the friends and family I have in both places, I am always excited to fly either back to Taipei or back to LA.