Blogger: Connie Ohh
The last time I wrote a blog post I was but a wee freshman, trying to figure out my way through Oxy. Today, however, I am a sophomore – and a history major. Yes, I declared my major!
Many people ask me why I chose to become a history major. The history major provides me with many different options – so many different geographical areas and time periods to study about! So many different topic areas! I really enjoy having that freedom and diversity to study whatever time period or subject matter I’m interested in. My particular interests lie with modern U.S. history and East Asian history – with a strong focus on the intersection between those two areas, Asian American history, and women’s history. The history major really allows me to explore my academic interests further. In addition, the faculty I’ve had classes with so far are extremely caring and passionate about their classes. By the time sophomore year came rolling around, I was sure that the history major was best for me. (But of course, I still enjoy having classes outside of the history department, exploring other interests.) After I handed in my major declaration form to the Registrar’s Office, I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any drumrolls or trumpets blaring to celebrate my “major” decision (it was rather anticlimactic), but I was still thrilled to know that I was now a history major – it felt like the right decision.
As you can tell, sophomore year has been pretty exciting so far. In addition to declaring my major, I’m living the E. Norris Hall with some of my best friends. In Norris Hall, you can apply to live in a themed quad area with students who share similar interests. The theme for my quad is “EAST – Exploring Asian Studies Together.” Everybody in the quad is extremely interested in East Asian studies and is learning a language in the East Asian Studies department. We thought it’d be a great way to further our interests together by living in a Norris quad. So far, it’s been a blast – living and studying with friends with similar interests has been extremely helpful. I’m really glad there’s this living option, and that we applied for it last year
I’ve also been exploring the Los Angeles area more – in search of the best eats. Did I mention I’m a huge foodie? I just recently tried Shin Sen Gumi ramen in Little Tokyo for the first time and I can’t believe I haven’t tried it earlier before! I’ve tried a lot of ramen places, but Shin Sen Gumi is my favorite place so far, hands down!
Hopefully everybody’s school year has been as great as mine so far. Now, I gotta go back to studying for midterms.