Blogger: Julius DiLorenzo
The second semester is well under way, with less than two months until the end of the semester! Having just navigated through midterms flawlessly (well, until the grades come back), it’s time to start planning courses for fall 2014. Fortunately, I am planning on participating in Campaign Semester so I get to circumvent this step, fun as it is. For those that don’t know, Campaign Semester is a program through the politics dept. (though open to all majors) where you spend the fall semester of an election year interning full time on any high-level campaign in the country. You then return to campus after the election for a month-long seminar with the other participants and discuss and write on the experience. The best part: It’s full credit. As of now, I’m hoping to be in Louisiana working on the Mary Landrieu senatorial race.
Back on campus, life is exciting as ever. DancePro is this weekend (if you aren’t familiar, look it up!) as well as my fraternity’s camping trip in Santa Barbara. While Greek life at Oxy isn’t huge, it is still nice for reasons like camping and brotherhood. However, the real big happening on campus is that next Tuesday, we will be hosting Dolores Huerta, a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association. Her life experiences have very much been in line with the Oxy mission and attitude, and her speaking event in Thorne Hall will be huge! Huerta will be one of many nationally relevant speakers to address the Oxy community in Thorne. Last semester Diane Ravitch, a national critic of public education reform, spoke as well to a packed auditorium.
I’ve applied to a few different summer positions in Los Angeles for the summer, which I’m still waiting to hear back from. Oxy’s Career Development Center has a wide variety of partners for paid summer internships through their InternLA program, including to KPCC (public radio) the Office of the Mayor, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Grammy Museum, just to name a few. However, not wanting to return to the toils of camp counseling again, there are a few other opportunities I need to apply to as well. The Politics department, like most academic departments at Oxy, has available grants to fund summer research and activities (different then the Undergraduate Research Center which, if you also do not know about, should look up!).
To the high school seniors reading this; get excited! You are almost at the end of high school so stay focused and passionate, enjoy your time with friends, and don’t wait too long to rent your tux for Prom or else you’ll be trying to balance finals week with driving all over town. Not that I know about that or anything….