A Whirlwind Year
Blogger: Denzel Tongue
Hello blogosphere! My name is Denzel Tongue and I am a sophomore sociology major, public health minor. This is only my second time doing this whole blogging thing but once again I’ll give it my best shot!
This school year has been the busiest I have ever been. Sitting on the Black Student Alliance’s E-Board, working as one of the Diversity Initiative Interns in admissions, starting on the Men’s Lacrosse Team, sitting on the Student Marketing Board… just to name a few things! Being able to participate in so many organizations has been a huge growing experience for me, as I slowly learn how to take on more responsibilities and become a leader. As the semester nears the end I have become reflective about the year overall. I have come to cherish the new friends I now have and appreciate all the experiences I’ve had.
A few highlights for this semester in particular include a weekend trip to Arizona for a lacrosse game and the success of the first Multicultural Visit Program I helped plan. Back in March, I traveled with my team to Arizona to take on Northern Arizona University in a divisional game. The winner of this game would essentially be guaranteed a playoff spot in the SLC. What we didn’t expect going into the game was bad weather. A few days beforehand we found out that Flagstaff, Arizona would be covered in snow due to a recent storm that had swept through. I had never imagined that my first time in Arizona would involve snow! Despite worries that the game would be cancelled due to field conditions we still played and ended up winning! We now have the #2 seed in the SLC playoffs and I couldn’t be prouder of my team and myself. I get to have the chance to become a better player, and I owe it to all of my teammates who pushed to make me better. I truly appreciate every member of the team who has helped make this year special for me.
Another highlight for this year has been working in the Office of Admission. I had the chance to help plan MVP, a program I participated in my senior year of high school. Essentially it made me commit to Oxy. It was great working on the program that I enjoyed so much when I was a high school senior. Having the ability to craft a unique experience for incoming seniors has been great and I loved being able to help them have a great time. We are currently wrapping up our second program and it is going very well. I’ve had an amazing (albeit stressful) time working as the diversity intern. I hope to continue working in admissions next semester in order to maintain the success of the program and keep bringing in a diverse array of students.
In the end I’m incredibly grateful for all the opportunities I have had this semester. It has been a great learning experience and a chance for me to grow as a person.