November 14, 2013
Blogger: Lisa Chang
It's been a while, blog-readers! To re-introduce myself, my name is Lisa and I'm a sophomore at Oxy who recently declared as a double major in Sociology and Religious Studies.
Now that I've familiarized myself with all the routines and expectations of a college student, I've been more involved with campus life and have made (and am still making) some important decisions. Currently, I work as a resident advisor and a campus tour guide. Both jobs have been busy but rewarding. As an RA, I organized a trip for students to enjoy some delicious Korean barbeque in Korea Town, planned our very first Oxy Amazing Race (complete with bonus challenges and lots of riddles!), and mastered the ability to answer phone calls in a professional manner ("Office of Residential Education and Housing Services, this is Lisa, how may I help you?"). As a Campus Tour Guide, I can recite statistics like none other, not to mention walk backwards for a full hour and fifteen minutes!
Besides work, who can forget the exciting classes Oxy has to offer? I'm currently taking Intro to Islam, Intro to Ethics, Contemporary Sociological Theory, and Marine Biology, all of which have pushed me to grow intellectually. My Marine Biology class, for one, takes students to numerous field trips out to the tide pools and the seas to explore various species of marine organisms. So rather than sitting on our butts all the time listening to lectures, Oxy really does try to get students apply their knowledge by interacting with the world!
As a sophomore, everything suddenly appears both exciting and daunting. I think that sophomore year's the time when one realizes the abundance of opportunities one can take as an Oxy student--opportunities like Study Abroad, Summer Research, and various internship opportunities on and off-campus. I am currently looking to study in Seoul, South Korea next fall as well as participate in Summer Research this upcoming summer! But such plans also require tons of time, effort, and commitment. It means using up all my brain juice writing personal statements and conjuring up a research topic with a valid research question and methods. It means taking multiple trips to the International Programs Office and meet up with my faculty advisor frequently. In short, it means more responsibility!
Thankfully, with all the help and individual attention at Oxy, I'm not worried about being left alone battling through this process. With the support of faculty advisors, friends, and family, I am confident that I can emerge from this semester as a stronger individual.
Alright, enough with my attempts of being inspirational and all the rambling (but there's just so much to say!). I'm going to attempt to be productive and get back to work. Hopefully my updates have been helpful in some way. See y'all hopefully very soon!