Spring Break? Not Exactly
Blogger: Kyle Beasley
While many of my peers headed off to Las Vegas and Cabo San Lucas, I stuck around campus to get some work done on my, what seems to be never ending, senior comprehensive project. Now in the second semester of my research, I have conducted interviews, distributed surveys and questionnaires, and have read through enormous amounts of literature. With only a few more weeks until the due date, I will be spending a lot of time writing and editing. It is honestly weird to think that this time last year, I was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was pretty much the best 6 month vacation anyone could have.
I should admit, that my break wasn’t entirely consumed by work, however. I did get to venture out into Hollywood a bit, relax by the pool, and of course, get in a workout or two. I think that is one of the really things about going to school in Los Angeles. While students at other schools have to travel to get good weather and to have good times, there are more than enough activities to engage in, right in Oxy’s backyard. Having spent the majority of my life in Los Angeles, I still regularly come across new and exciting things to do, restaurants to try, and places to explore. To be honest, you would need at least a few lifetimes to sample everything that Oxy has to offer. That is why I encourage the underclassmen to take advantage of any and every opportunity to get off campus and try new things. Your 4 years at Oxy will come and go so quickly.
With only about 8 weeks until Commencement, it is somewhat bittersweet knowing that these are my last few moments as an Oxy student. While the students, returning in the fall, are planning out their course schedules for the fall semester, I am knees deep in the job hunting process, which honestly isn’t too bad. Trying to figure out what my next steps will be has been a period of self-reflection and figuring out the things that matter to me the most. Thinking about where I was, 4 years ago, prior to coming into college, I can definitely see a lot of positive change and personal growth.
Because I know that there are many seniors out there getting ready to make one of the biggest decisions in life, thus far, I want to offer a piece of advice that guided my decision on where to attend college. There are plenty of great colleges and universities out there. Most of them have solid academic experiences that they provide their students, coupled with opportunities for internships, research, and student abroad opportunities. I recommend picturing yourself at each of the colleges on your list and really thinking about if you can see yourself there in a day-to-day setting. I say this only to acknowledge that, in addition to attending class and studying, you’re going to be calling this place home for four years or so you want to make sure that you are truly in a space where you feel comfortable.
For me, the tight knit community atmosphere, that I have found here at Oxy, was the best fit for me. Now, four years after making my decision to attend, I can honestly say that I don’t regret my decision at all. Oxy has provided me with so many opportunities to learn and grow as a person, and i am extremely grateful that I have had the privilege to attend. Until next time…