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On campus, NPP (Neighborhood Partnership Program) often hold events called “shadow days” where high schoolers from nearby LA schools get to follow Oxy students for a day. I love participating in shadow days because it allows me to share my experience here at Oxy between classes, office hours, and of course, my numerous daily visits to the Green Bean.
All of my shadows so far have been sophomores in high school, transporting me back to my naive, sophomoric days. I focused all my attention on my academics and was clueless about college from all facets. How do I apply to college? What does a typical college day look like? What classes do college students take? Throughout shadow days, these are the questions I try to demystify because college life does not have to be daunting.
I take my shadows around campus exploring the Marketplace, the Academic Commons, and the Quad before we go to my Sociology 101 class. They’re often amazed that my first class starts at 10:40 A.M. and I’m happy to affirm that it is as awesome as it sounds; my days of waking up at 7 A.M. in high school are thankfully long gone. Content-wise, most shadows find sociology newfangled, but very intriguing. I love that through NPP, they’re exposed to different subjects that aren’t offered in their high schools.
After class, we all venture to the Marketplace (or the Cooler, depending on how long the lines are) and grab a bite of college food before they head back to school. And of course it wouldn’t be an Oxy visit if we didn’t visit the Green Bean coffee lounge! As they’re sipping their coffees on the bus back to school, I hope that I’ve done my job debunking the college experience.