Looking Back, Looking Forward
Blogger: Madi Tsuji
It’s difficult to believe that my seventh semester is over. All the signs are there—papers are turned in, exams have finished, and most tellingly, campus is largely evacuated. It really is true that each semester goes by faster than the last; it still feels like Halloween was last weekend. As I start to try and wrap my head around the fact that I have just one semester remaining at Oxy, one thing becomes clear to me: I wouldn’t be the same person I am today if I had gone to a different school. Oxy gave me everything I needed to start working out what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, and how I was going to get there. I met people that I clicked with right away, but more importantly I also met people that challenged me. I took classes that blew apart my conception of the world and helped me reorganize how I thought in almost every discipline. I made tons of mistakes, but I also accomplished lots of things I never thought I could – planning and running Toga 2013, getting that extraordinarily hard-earned B from my favorite professor (that B stands out to me more than any of the A’s), getting a prestigious internship I didn't know I deserved, and building the best friendships I could have ever asked for. Oxy helped me make all those happen.
Looking back fondly is nice, but looking forward is even better, especially when there’s so much to look forward to. This time of year, a lot of seniors experience severe anxiety at the hands of graduate school applications, job interviews, and general fear of the unknown. If I think about it too much, the unanswerable questions start to make panic rise up in my chest too. But I have faith that the last seven semesters at Oxy have shaped me into a person that can navigate an uncertain future and handle any roadblocks that come up along the way. I’m excited to spend my last semester at school surrounded by friends and doing things I love to do, whether it’s for the first or last time. Just a few of the things I’m looking forward to: producing satisfying work in my last set of classes ever, balancing three jobs with a social life, meeting new people, and long brunches at the Alcove in Griffith Park with my amazing Alpha family.
One last thought: GO SEAHAWKS!