Thanks for the Memories
Blogger: Columbia Shafer
With my last week of college looming, I’m becoming nostalgic for the beginning. Four years ago I received a very good piece of advice from my college counselor before leaving for Oxy where he told me to say yes to all of the new opportunities I would be presented with during my first month of college. I’ve already waxed poetic on what good advice this is in a past blog post, but today I want to say thank you to Oxy for all the amazing things I have been able to say yes to.
During involvement fair my freshman year (and every year afterward), I have joined an inordinate amount of clubs and subsequently tried a whole bunch of new activities. I’ve tried to learn how to fence and how to tango, I’ve volunteered at local schools and painted murals and played silly improv games; I’ve had the chance to try anything and everything that sparked my interest.
My dabbling and exploring hasn’t been limited to clubs, but instead has been supplemented by the course offerings of every department. This semester I have learned the basics of stage makeup, transforming myself into a lion, an injured biker and a 90-year-old man (pictured above), amongst other assignments. Other semesters I’ve elected to learn the basics of programming in Java, read up on classic British literature and theorized about time travel.
Going abroad let me try new things beyond the Oxy sphere. In my program in New Zealand I took introductory Maori language, hiked up active volcanoes and went bungee jumping. All things I would have never imagined my education could lead to when I first matriculated.
Thinking back on all the fun things I’ve explore these past four years I want to say thanks. Thank you Oxy for giving me the chance to try out all of the things I’ve been curious about. Some of them have clicked, like that Cognitive Science 101 class I took on a whim that led to my major. Some of them haven’t, but the experience of trying was fun anyways. So from the depths of my heart I want to say thank for the memories, I’ll never forget them!