Outside the Comfort Zone
November 3, 2013
Blogger: Connie Oh
Hey everyone. My name is Connie and I’m a brand new freshman here at Oxy. I’m from Irvine, California – a suburban city about an hour away from campus.
One Saturday evening, I was at the Cooler with my friends, chatting amongst ourselves about this and that, when suddenly, a group of people rushed into the place. They were wearing old-school plaid shirts with jeans, and beautiful long skirts with vintage patterns. They paired up,
turned on the country music, and then started square dancing in the middle of the Cooler. We weren’t really sure what was going on – but it was interesting to watch them dance (because frankly, they were really good at it). We were just spectating, when one of the students in the group came up to us and suggested we should join in.
Me? Square dancing? In the middle of the Cooler? Where everyone can see me? I’ve never done such a thing, but out of curiosity, my friend and I (along with a couple of other curious students) joined the dance. We all learned the steps, and within a couple of minutes, we were in full swing on the dance floor! It was a really odd but exciting moment where I stepped out of my comfort zone and had a lot of fun.
Starting college, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Sure, college is supposed to be the “time of your life,” but living away from home with brand new people, learning brand new things – honestly, it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.
But during these past two months I’ve been at Oxy, I’ve learned that stepping out of my bubble can be a fun and rewarding experience. Whether it’s living with two (fabulous) roommates in Stewie, taking courses on new topics such as Asian history and sociology, joining College Chorus, going out to places in downtown L.A. with my new awesome friends, throwing people into the fountain on their birthdays, or joining an impromptu square dance at the Cooler – it’s all been an unexpected, but exciting adventure.
It’s only been two months, but it looks like my next four years here are going to be just swell. Good luck to all the high school seniors working on the (soul sucking) college applications… Best wishes and see you all next time!