My name is Josh Throckmorton and I'm a Junior American studies major from Massachusetts. For me, as a child of the East Coast who grew up on the fields of the Cape Cod Baseball League, California always seemed like a faraway dreamland of sorts. Each summer brought new ballplayers from towns like Irvine, Fullerton, and Long Beach to the Cape, and with them came more and more stories of sunshine, beaches, beautiful women, and baseball for 365 days a year. This place sounded too good to be true; I just had to go there. Originally my goal was to attend one of the bigger schools those Cape Leaguers had come from, but as I matured and realized it was actually a small liberal arts college I wanted, Oxy seemed like the logical choice. It’s sunny and 70 almost the whole year, Hollywood is only a couple miles away, and—more importantly—the baseball season spans twelve months. I couldn’t be happier. Plus, adding to it all is that at Oxy, my experience isn’t just limited to the ball field: in addition to my major, I’m also working on a history minor while balancing jobs as a Peer Writing Adviser and the school’s Public Address Announcer for athletic events. So far, Oxy has been everything I dreamed California to be, and I can’t wait to see what the next two years have to offer.