A Week in the Life of a Student Worker
Blogger: Qiu Fogarty
It seems that students are continually pushing themselves to do more and to become more involved in student life. That’s why today I wanted to share what your experience could look like as someone engaged in student life at Oxy.
This was a particularly busy and special week as my sister was visiting & my club was involved in a big campus action. As an Oxy student, your particular schedule will fluctuate between “chill weeks” and “hell weeks,” but hopefully this will give you a sense of different opportunities at Oxy and of what your schedule could resemble as a student leader.
Saturday (3/22/14) to Thursday (3/27/14)
My sister was visiting me for Spring Break. We went to the Glendale Galleria and spent most of the day dress shopping for our cousin’s wedding. We walked around the Americana and I had an avocado roll at the Glendale Galleria food court. In the evening, we went to Oxy’s Dance Production! It was the final show and the dancers seemed like they were having lots of fun with their performances. While I enjoyed all of the dances and dancing styles (shout out to the newest style included – Kpop or Korean pop), I particularly enjoyed Willy Wonka and the Hip Hop Factory. Saturday night, some of my friends came over to my off-campus house to meet my sister and say hello to my cat, Liam.
Around 10am, my sister and I drove to Santa Monica. We purchased a groupon for paddle-boarding, an activity my sister insisted we try after having paddle boarded in the Hudson in NY (for those of you who are familiar it the Hudson, the water is definitely nicer in Santa Monica). We laid out on the beach until our group lesson. We met our instructor and the group and carried our boards to the sand for orientation. Mid-orientation, we realized that we were actually mistakenly placed in a surf class…. So we ended up surfing instead.
After class and a late lunch, we returned to Oxy. At 4pm I attended a meeting in Pauley Hall’s MLK Lounge for Oxy’s Coalition for Diversity and Equity. Immediately following, I attended a Black Student Alliance meeting where we discussed Dave Chapelle, stereotypes and racial inequities in media. My sister and I went to South Pasadena to Radhika Modern Indian to get some delicious tikka masala paneer and then returned to Oxy for an Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation Executive Board meeting, where we planned our Monday meeting, Thursday action, and Saturday bonfire plans.
My sister met her friend in Sherman Oaks, while I got some quality time with my homework and Starbucks Shaken Green Tea Lemonade (sweetened). Next I went to my Critical Theories of Social Justice: Community and Culture class where we are conducting archival research and creating a digital archive of diversity and equity at Oxy starting from the early 20th century up to the present.
After class, I went to the Intercultural Community Center to talk with an administrator about what diversity programs at Oxy should look like. Following, I attended the Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation general meeting where we talked about equity on campus and then made cool signs with quotes about equity. We picked up dinner at Four Café and watched an episode of Survivor (I cannot believe that show is still running).
I went to my internship in Little Tokyo. This internship is part of my Values and Vocations Fellowship, a fellowship sponsored by Oxy’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. The fellowship gives students a grant to complete an internship and participate in a weekly seminar that both provides a space for students to think about their religion or spirituality, and is a space for learning about different spiritual practices, such as mindfulness.
In the afternoon, I had my social psychology course. This is absolutely my favorite course this semester. The professor is nothing less than outstanding. In the class, we participated in an experiential learning activity where we all traded coins to try to receive the highest coin-value in order to win the paper extension prize! The activity was really meant to make us think about group dynamics, formation and how power is disseminated through groups.
In the evening, we attended a lecture in Thorne Hall featuring Dolores Huerta. If you don’t know who she is, you need to google her immediately after reading the rest of this blog post! An incredible woman and activist, Dolores Huerta’s lecture was informative and inspirational. What an honor to have her at Oxy!
Sadly, after the lecture I drove my sister to the airport.
I woke at 4am to work on my Comps/ senior thesis. This continued until 2:00pm. At 2:00pm, I went to Oxy’s Residential Education office and spoke to an administrator about a diversity program. Afterwards, I went straight back to the books until my American Studies senior seminar. We discussed an article that spurred questions such as is it possible to have community without identity? Is language a determining factor in ethnic identity?
The evening ended with a senior pub night sponsored by Oxy’s Programming Board where stressed out, 21yr+ students were able to sample a variety of beers and talk about how we wished we could have a second spring break.
Asian Pacific Americans for Liberations held LOUD Solidarity, an action in the quad where students of diverse identities, backgrounds and club affiliations sat, ate lunch, did homework, participated in a photo campaign, wrote down what they thought solidarity should look like, and shared narratives though an open mic. We sat there for 2 hours, enjoying each others company and talking about equity on campus.
After LOUD Solidarity, I had my social psychology class where my professor lectured on power. After class, I took a three-hour nap.
Qiu is a Senior, independent pattern of study major: social justice and change. She is part of Oxy’s Coalition for Diversity and Equity and is a co-president of Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation. She is from New York.