Social Life at Oxy
Blogger: Madi Tsuji
I think a lot of people have discussed academic life at Oxy on this blog, which is a really important aspect of being an Oxy student. People here genuinely enjoy what they study and take school really seriously, which I appreciate a lot. It’s easy to get obsessed with your major and professors when they’re pretty much all great. But all that’s been covered. So to mix things up a little, today I want to talk about social life!
Social life is pretty varied at Oxy. With a good proportion of upperclassmen living off campus, many of us enjoy house parties at a friend’s place on weekends. Oxy parties for the most part are chill, more about hanging out with friends and meeting new people than getting sick and passing out in a stranger’s house. I’ve been to some pretty rowdy ones over the years, but never been in a situation where I didn’t know anybody or felt overwhelmed. There are lots of people on campus who want to show off their emceeing or DJ skills, so there’s often music and dancing. For example, Halloween parties are a college tradition that we take very seriously! That's me in the picture, top right.
It has to be said: Greek Life is another big aspect of social life at Oxy. Greeks do a lot of things on campus: we’re very active in student leadership, we work in every job on campus, we love philanthropy events (especially beach clean ups!! Just me?), and we have members in every major. Social life is just another part of being a Greek. As a Greek at Oxy, you’ll attend mixers with the other organizations, formals where you can invite dates, and every organization has their own special social events that are part of their tradition. I’ve really enjoyed all the social opportunities that come as a part of being Greek.
On a similar note, Oxy puts on a lot of its own programming to keep students socialized and happy. There’s a few dances every semester that are open to all students, some of which are put on by Office of Student Life and others that are sponsored or put on by clubs on campus, including the Greek organizations. Plus for the 21 and over set, there are pub nights—free beer? I’m obviously in. There’s a lot of programming done by residential life too, activity nights in the residence halls are really common. Crafting, baking, eating, video games, board games: ask your RAs and they’ll make it happen. This picture is from Toga, Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha's annual toga party, and the best-attended all-campus event of the year.
Eagle Rock is home to a lot of cool dive-y bars, and now that I’m 21 I’ve really enjoyed getting to go out if I want a more relaxed night. Outside of Eagle Rock, Pasadena has some great bars and of course you can’t beat Hollywood and Downtown for restaurants and clubs. Most weekends, you’ll run into older Oxy friends (and some younger ones, if they’re really sneaky) at the local bars. Oxy student favorites are the York, Hermosillo, and Johnny’s all on York Blvd. In Pasadena, Barney’s Beanery is a favorite sports bar. And you can’t graduate before going to TigerHeat on Thursday at least once, in Hollywood.
All Oxy students appreciate living in Los Angeles! There’s no shortage of new films to see, museums to explore, or concerts to attend. I’ve definitely gotten to enjoy social life out in Los Angeles, especially as a part of some of the internships I’ve done. Overall, Oxy’s social scene is diverse and I think all but the most picky of partiers would never be wanting for something to do on weekends.
This time of year always seems to be about planning for the future. Room draw, house leases, elections for clubs, class registration, research and internship applications, the list goes on. I certainly have my share of planning going on: I have three interviews this week for summer internships. I’ll be staying in Los Angeles, working in a PR firm and living in my sorority house. But it seems strange to only think about the future when there’s so much going on right now. So to everybody out there stressing about the next three or six or twelve months: don’t forget to have fun, too!