Major Decisions and LA Adventures
Blogger: Rhys Berkwitt
The semester’s end feels like it is flying at us at warp speed and now everytime I fall asleep, I half expect to wake up the next morning as a senior. This fall semester of my sophomore year has seen its fair share of late nights and caffeine dependent days, but as I reflect on it now, I can honestly say that this year, so far, has been a huge success.
Last year as an undeclared first year, I struggled with the typical identity crisis that so many of us undecided undergrads have faced. I had to truly reflect on my wide ranging spectrum of interests and come to terms with how I wanted each of them to play a role in my life. After some major contemplation, personal reflection, and a few moments of hysteria, I am incredibly proud to say that I have come to a decision! Currently I plan on being a Cognitive Science major with a minor in Public Health and hope in one day being a major contributor to the world of global health.
Academics aside, I’m still filling my hours outside of the the classroom with a variety of activities in order to satisfy my desire to constantly throw myself into new things and meet new people. To name a few important ones: I’m still playing on the Women’s Rugby team after joining the sport last fall and I love it more than ever! Instead of classical Indian dance (which I did last year), I have taken up bellydancing this year within Oxy’s Dance Production, and I have started teaching workshops on STIs and HIV every week in various LA high schools through Peer Health Exchange. In addition to my adventures on campus, I have also been making a concerted effort to make regular excursions off-campus and enjoy the vibrant city of Los Angeles that played a major role in my decision to come to Occidental. I have mastered the LA metro system and have had a blast running around the city (to street fairs, thrift shops, bookstores, and more) with friends because in doing so I have made some of my most important college memories thus far. As this semester comes to a close I feel a bit nervous as it becomes more apparent to me just how fast college is flying by. More than this nervousness, though, I feel excitement as I think of all the new adventures that are to come.
Peace out cub scouts! (until next time)