Making the Best of Senioritis
Blogger: Everest Law
Since this is not an academic paper, I can cite Wikipedia with impunity. It turns out that the word 'senioritis' has its own Wiki entry (who knew?), and its definition is as follows:
“...a colloquial term mainly used in the United States and Canada to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers.”
That definitely sums up how part of me feel towards Oxy right now. This is my final semester before I graduate, and I can't help but to think of life beyond undergraduate studies. As an international student from Hong Kong, I came to the US to pursue my ambition of becoming a physicist. Although Oxy has caring professors and a picturesque campus, spending four years in the same place has made me restless. Oxy has equipped me well for a career in research, and I would like to spread my wings again and see how well I fare. In fact, a university in Europe has given me a conditional offer for an MSc position. Perhaps that's where I will end up then.
But then another part of me realizes that this will be my last two months month at Oxy, in LA, and potentially the United States. It will be foolish of me to not make full use of the remaining time and absorb all that Oxy and the city have to offer. To begin with, since my dormitory, Wylie, is right across from the physics building, I can – and did – go to talk to my professors on a whim, whether it is to ask for help on homework, or to discuss my career direction. The advantage of attending a liberal arts college is evident here: small classes make it easier to establish rapport with professors, who are readily accessible because their offices are within walking distance.
Alright, that's academics settled. What about some fun? A major event that has happened over this past weekend (3/20 – 3/21) is Dance Production. Students, no matter their experience, are welcomed to join 1-3 dances in the Fall semester; the variety of styles reflect the diverse interests shared by Oxy students: K(orean)-pop, hip-hop, belly dance, traditional Indian, Broadway… and so on. After practicing for over a semester, they eventually perform three shows in front of 700 audience members. Although I never dance myself, I decided to join the K-pop group this year, because this will be my last chance to participate in an event which is a fixture of the school. As people wisely say, Y(ou) O(nly) L(ive) O(nce), and you just have to learn to put yourself out there, and not be embarrassed by it. It can't be harder than making a comps presentation on why the laws of physics in a mirror are different, right?
(If that last sentence makes your curious, check out the people who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956.)
I kid you not when I say that Dance Pro is very time-consuming. Apart from weekly practices at the minimum, you will be committing an entire Friday or Saturday after spring break to perform. Everyone is busy during this time, and I admit that I did want to back out. Nonetheless, I stuck with it and I don't regret it now. In fact, the positive energy and exercise from dancing did help me face the workload that I have.
Alright. That's is for now. Everest out.