Parents and Pumpkins
Blogger: Jane Drinkard
Hi everyone! My name is Jane Drinkard. I’m a freshman here at Oxy hailing all the way from Brooklyn, New York. I’m involved in two amazing dance pro dances and I’m a new member of the writers workshop. I’ve also snagged a job as a note-taker. Even still, I constantly feel like I could be doing more (especially when I receive Oxy’s digest emails). Since everything is so new and exciting, for this first blog I’m just going to sort through some initial thoughts on my experience here at Oxy:
Parent’s weekend was a couple of weeks ago and it proved to be pretty revelatory seeing my parents for the first time since I stopped living with them. They’re the same: my dad wore his embarrassing sandals (even after I politely suggested he try an alternate pair) and my mom still insists I wear a sweater when its chilly in the evenings. Yet, I found that these quirks didn’t irk me as much as usual. Sure, they embarrass me sometimes, but it doesn’t seem to matter as much now that we’re no longer cohabitating. They also brought me New York bagels that are now in the freezer in my dorm and serve as the perfect medicine for homesickness. (Side-note: I even miss the struggle of getting cream cheese on my gloves as I walked to my high school on fall/winter mornings). Back to the point, I appreciate my parents and I completely enjoyed spending the weekend exploring Los Angeles with themm but I also felt happy when they left. I like my new independence. I like being able to go to bed whenever I want, finding ways to get around on my own (even if it’s tricky here in Los Angeles without a car). Surprisingly, I even enjoy doing my laundry. Putting all of these things together, I realized that I like having complete responsibility for myself. Another great part about hosting them on campus was that I got to see Oxy through their eyes. They couldn’t believe how beautiful the weather was, how friendly the people were, and how good the food was. Seeing their admiration for Oxy reinstalled my appreciation for my new home.
On a completely different note, last week was Halloween here on campus. There were tons of Oxy hosted events throughout the week and my friends and I had some fun plans of our own. Wednesday night we bought pumpkins from the nearby CVS and carved them on my patio (yes, I have a patio/balcony/alcove type thing and it’s heavenly), all while jamming out to some monster mash. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. For some reason it’s incredibly entertaining to scare the crap out of each other while simultaneously getting to shove our mouths with as much candy as possible (it can’t be THAT bad for you if it’s fun-sized!) Even if the weather doesn’t indicate that it’s fall like I’m used to back in New York, Halloween is a definite indication that the year is picking up. I’m hoping that November will bring new adventures and friends. Happy late Halloween everyone!