No Time for Regrets
Blogger: Daphne Auza
After a stressful finals week, I started winter break fantasizing about a spring semester where I could give myself a REAL break. I would take a part-time course load and throughout the rest of the week, I’d spend quality time with friends and maybe even incorporate napping into my daily routine. After all, I’m a senior in my final semester. I should be taking it easy, right?
I’ve been back at Oxy for a little over a week, and practically none of that has happened.
Aside from continuing my position in the Office of Admission as a communications intern, I’ve started interning at Red Hen Press, a non-profit publishing press in Pasadena. Oxy’s spoken word poetry team, which I qualified for last semester, has also begun to rehearse and fundraise for CUPSI, the national college poetry slam that will be taking place in Virginia this year.
And while I am technically finished with my major, I’ve realized that there are so many other courses I’ve always wanted to take. One class that I’m taking right now is an intergroup dialogue course focused on People of Color. Intergroup dialogues are probably one of the most unique and intense seminars at our school, since they bring together students of distinct identity groups to explore ways of nurturing a community based on social justice. Unfortunately, this is the final year that such an impactful and relevant program will exist at Occidental.
Another class I’m looking forward to is Writing with the Community, one of the numerous community-based learning courses offered at Oxy. It entails collaborating with local non-profits on a semester-long writing project. Whether that’s an informational flyer, article, or outreach piece, we have to come up with something that the organization can use to further their cause.
On top of all this, I am still trying to make time for friends. Last week, some of my friends from study abroad and I ventured out to Pasadena for shabu shabu! Considering my love for every other type of Asian food I've tried, I thought it was weird that this was my first time trying it out.
The thing is, I am a senior in my last undergraduate semester, and I’ve decided to make the most of it. When am I ever going to have another opportunity to take advantage of all these interesting classes and new experiences? Maybe all this is eating up at my free time, but I prefer it to sitting around and wondering what else I could have done to make my college career more fulfilling. It also helps that everything I've just mentioned happens to be things I'm excited to be a part of.
Those naps are just going to have to wait.