Blogger: Donovan Dennis
Spring has arrived at Occidental, and boy have the temps been sizzling. After our unbearable winter (a.k.a. three days of downpour earlier this month) I finally get to lie out in the sun for hours on end, improving my jealousy tan. We’ve just come off spring break, and the campus is buzzing as we prep for the last big academic push before summer vacation. For the next few weeks, however, I will be battling the endless stairs and lack of handicap door buttons on my newest ride, a gleaming pair of crutches. Over break, while my friends were busy hiking, swimming, camping, surfing, and Mexicoing, I underwent hip surgery repairing some damage from endless hours of swimming. (But mom came, and we got Sprinkles, so I’m less bitter). It’s certainly been an adjustment on this hill-y campus, but thanks to some much-needed rides from Campus Safety and adjustments in my daily schedule I’ve made it happen.
First off, I found out I was accepted into Oxy’s Study Abroad program, and am thus excited to announce I will hopefully be abroad in Muscat, Oman next year (picture included, also check out this Buzzfeed). LOTS of juniors go abroad for at least one semester, and Oxy is nice enough to cover it under financial aid, making it very accessible for a broad array of students.
I figured this week I would write a little about my involvement at Oxy, and put in a couple of plugs for my favorite on-campus organizations. Excepting academics, my primary time commitment is certainly swimming, but I’ve elaborated on that enough already. My second most engaging position is as the Communications Director for the Occidental Weekly. This is one of the most challenging positions I’ve ever held, partly because of how rapidly social media trends change. As the Comm. Director I primarily run our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as minor other tasks. Included is a screenshot of my Hootsuite dashboard, which includes some sneak peeks at our upcoming content if you can find it! Working on the Weekly staff is pretty incredible, and the dynamic atmosphere pushes us to develop some great content for the readers. Check out our daily blogs if you haven’t already. Lastly, I am a senior editor on staff of the newly-established Occidental Undergraduate Law Review, for which my job primarily consists of editing submissions to the Review as well as coming up with ideas of my own. If you’re curious about Oxy’s clubs and activities check out their page on the website. It’s possible to be involved in many different groups, all while staying competitive at school. That’s all for now, keep up your hard work in school—it pays off.