Blogger: Lisa Gilliland
As I sit in a cafe in Amsterdam about a year after returning from an incredible and challenging semester studying here, I cannot help but reflect on my almost 4 full years at Oxy. A lot has happened during this time, both good and bad, but the conclusion I have reached is that I wouldn’t change these years for anything. Sure there are things I wish I had done - I never got around to my dream of starting a co-ed acapella group [I’m sure someone will do that soon!], but I did do some things I hadn’t planned to do, like taking piano lessons, enjoying Econ, or learning Dutch. I often wish I had planned out my courses better so I could have avoided the less-than-fantastic grades I got in the classes that I didn’t feel I really needed. But then I remember I had no clue what I wanted to study when I came to Oxy, and plus it was kinda neat to learn about rocks (shoutout to Intro to Geology!) and how to write like a journalist. So even though I never would have guessed I would take classes like those, I am glad I did - one of the many opportunities offered to us as students at a liberal arts college.
While oftentimes students look back and wish they’d explored L.A. more, I think what they should be sad about is that they didn’t explore Oxy more! Did you know we have a group of students who provide recording services to musical students? I didn’t discover this until this year and I am planning on recording as many times as possible next semester. And I’m going to play as many intramural sports as I can, because why not? In the front of this travel journal that I am writing this blog post in is a message I wrote to myself before leaving last year for my semester abroad. At the end is a phrase I hope to carry with me through my last semester at Oxy and on with me to whatever lies ahead:
- Live, Laugh, & Love: Deeply, Passionately, & Freely.
- Do not be afraid, because taking risks is what makes life worthwhile.