October at Oxy
Blogger: Emily Henderson
It’s October and for Oxy students that doesn’t just mean pumpkin spice lattes (although the campus coffee shop, the Green Bean has definitely got you covered there). At Oxy, October means fall break, homecoming/parent’s weekend, and Fall Fest. October also means midterms but who wants to talk about that, right?
I’ve had a lot of fun adventures this month, both with my friends and family from back home who came to visit and with friends I’ve made during my time here at Oxy. This year for fall break an old friend of mine came to visit for the weekend, which was a blast. We spent a day at Santa Monica swimming in the sea and soaking up some vitamin D (because when the beach is less than an hour away, who can resist?).
We also tried to hike to the Hollywood sign at Griffith Park. The 97 degree heat kind of foiled that plan, but hey, we tried. Thankfully, we had the lovely Glendale Galleria (the big mall just down Colorado Blvd from campus) which is always a good fall back plan for a place to hang out avoid the heat. Honestly, it wouldn’t have mattered where we were; it was just great to see one of my closest friends from back home.
My mom flew down for homecoming/parent’s weekend this year, which was also super fun. We enjoyed strolling around Old Town Pasadena and visited a couple art museums. LA is a great area for seeing all sorts of art. If you’re looking for something close (and free for students) check out the Norton Simon; they’ve got a great impressionist collection and a really pretty sculpture garden.
My mom got to see me cheer at the homecoming football game too and watch Oxy’s victorious triumph over Chapman. Go Tigers!
And then this past weekend I got to dance it up at the Fall Fest Kehlani concert with all my Oxy friends and fellow music lovers. Fall Fest is the one of the two big concerts on campus at Oxy each year (the other is in the spring). They’re usually in the Greek Bowl which is an awesome outdoor theatre space. Anyway, Kehlani was great; I hadn’t heard of her before this year but now I’m a huge fan and she was really fun to see live.
I also made a trip to Disneyland on Sunday for Mickey’s Halloween Party. I went with my Big in Delta Omicron Tau (a sorority unique to Oxy’s campus) and a couple other friends. Disney was a big part of my childhood and it’s fun to have friends here at Oxy who share my love of being a kid again, if only for a day (and Disneyland, like the beach, is less than an hour away so with discounted student tickets it’s worth a trip or two).
So it’s been a pretty fun month. And this fun shows something that college is kind of all about: making new friends but keeping the old. The great thing about college is it’s a time to meet new people; find people who you share an interest with, whether that’s Disney or concerts or something else like a favorite TV show or your major. Oxy’s a really welcoming and diverse community so everyone can find people they connect with. But that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your old friends and your family. They’re only a Skype call away and being apart makes a weekend together something you appreciate more than ever (as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder).
Of course, college is also all about studying… Remember those midterms I wasn’t going to talk about? Well, I kind have to get back to preparing for them. Until next time! Happy October everybody!