Trying Out Something New
Blogger: Daphne Auza
My name is Daphne, and I’m a junior here at Oxy. My default answer for telling people where I’m from is Sacramento, but before that I lived in Cleveland, Ohio and San Diego. I’m an English and Comparative Literary Studies major with a minor in Sociology. Throughout my Oxy career I’ve been involved in Spoken Word Club, Her Campus Occidental, The Occidental Weekly, and Feast Arts & Literary Magazine. So if you’re curious at all about some of the the publications and writing outlets we have on campus, I guess I’m your girl!
So far, this semester has been really different compared to my previous semesters here at Oxy - but in a good way. For one, I’m one of the newest residents in Pet House! The picture I’m posting here is of the house trip we took to Huntington Dog Beach at the beginning of the year. You can live in a number of different themed communities at Oxy, but there are only two themed houses and Pet House is one of them. Currently our pet-in-residence is our R.A. Leah’s chocolate lab named Nutella (along with several nameless fish). Having grown up around animals my whole life, it just seemed reasonable to apply to live with other animal lovers as well. I’m still having a little trouble walking a dog that’s basically the same size as me, but I don’t regret my decision at all.
I’ve also added some new extracurriculars to my schedule. I’m an intern at the Office of Admission, a tutor for an organization called Reading Partners, and a volunteer at North Central Animal Shelter. Being on Spoken Word’s e-board this year has also given me the opportunity to co-host a KOXY radio show all about slam poetry. And recently, I joined a group of awesome students here at Oxy who have started developing programming for a partnership with Inside Out Writers, a non-profit that holds creative writing and re-integration workshops for youth who've been impacted by the criminal justice system both during and following their incarceration.When I moved in this fall, I was a little worried that I was going to have too much on my plate and wouldn't be able to manage my time. Luckily, I truly enjoy all the things I’m involved in so it rarely (if ever) feels like a lot of work. Not to mention it’s making this semester pass by quickly. I can’t believe that soon I’ll be preparing to spend Spring Semester in Amsterdam, but I’ll leave that post for another time. Right now I’ll just focus on making the most out of my fall.