Windows of Opporunity
Blogger: Columbia Shafer
A few days ago I was giving a tour and someone asked me what I would do differently if I could repeat my time at Occidental. I’ve loved my time at Oxy, so my initial reaction was that I wouldn’t change a thing. However, upon reflection I realized I wish I had taken greater advantage of all of the opportunities available. Below are just a couple of Oxy’s most amazing resources and opportunities that I wish I had discovered earlier and a few more that I plan try out in the coming semester.
As a senior it’s embarrassing how many programs and resources I didn’t take advantage of earlier in my time at Oxy. During the past semester I checked out a bike from the Bike Share program for the very first time. I’ve always talked about it on tours, yet I had never used it myself.
When I finally did, it was awesome! I walked in, and within five minutes I was riding out of the garage on a bright orange bike that was mine to use for the week, lock, helmet and lights included. And the best part is it was completely free of charge.
We call our library the Academic Commons because it houses so many more academic resources than just books. In additional to providing excellent research advising (something I’ve raved about in prior blog posts), the library also offers educational programming. I took part in a seminar on citation management through the library, which may not sound exciting but has saved me hours on my research, an especially important thing while working on my senior comps project.
Bike share and the library courses are just two things I’ve finally tried out recently, but realizing how many more opportunities there are left I’ve decided to make it my New Years resolution to try more opportunities at Oxy. Below are just a couple things I have resolved to try in 2015.
☐ Get discount tickets to Disneyland from the Student Activities Center
☐ Take my resume to the Career Development Center
☐ Spend more time enjoying the company of the chickens at the FEAST garden
☐ Try out the weekly yoga sessions held by Yoga Club
☐ Go to more departmental film screenings on campus
I hope that the next time I’m asked what I would have done differently at Oxy, taking advantage of opportunities is not something I feel should have done more of. Here’s to taking advantage to my window of opportunity at Oxy in 2015!