Blogger: Everest Law
As my roommate said, the Thanksgiving holiday is EVIL for giving us a taste of what Winter Break is like, and then leaves us to the mercy of the mountain of work coming up next. That being said though, the break was much appreciated, since I needed the time to revise for my physics comprehensive exam (comps), among other things.
The physics comps is a multiple-choice exam comprised of 5 sections, each of them corresponding to material taught in one of the Foundation classes (waves, mechanics, EM, modern physics and thermal/statistical physics). Students have three hours to attempt the exam, and they don’t have to pass every section in one go. No calculators though!
In any case, junior year is a busy time, and it’s important to keep in mind what our priorities are as college students. For me personally, it was … difficult to see exchange students from my home country spending so much time travelling and “enjoying” the joys life (mainly eating out, yummm). But then, there is a reason why I pay an expensive tuition to study in a country I have never been to. I have a career to pursue, and working towards it will bring me long-term and lasting happiness.
Apart from that, there is not much to be said, except that I went to the same family for Thanksgiving dinner again – third year in a row! Some of Oxy’s administrative staff has been inviting international students over for Thanksgiving dinner, and I have taken up the offer since my freshmen year. I don’t see why not – there’s tasty food (apple pies are the BEST. Period.) and good company. Also, it’s a chance to immerse myself in my host country’s cultural customs, which is something that Oxy students going on the popular Study Abroad program covets.
Let me to bring this post to an end with a picture that I took from the Griffith Observatory on Thanksgiving night. Kudos to my host for taking the time to drive me there!