Living In My Backyard
Blogger: Matthew Cecconi
Hi! My name is Matthew Cecconi and I am a sophomore Sociology major from Los Angeles, California. Specifically, I live in Eagle Rock, a whole six-minute drive from campus.
Whenever I get asked why I chose a school so close to home, I love explaining all the perks that come along with it. For example, move-in day for my first year was a Saturday; I started packing on Friday. Additionally, for every break that we have had so far it is much easier to throw my clothes in my laundry bag and take that home rather than attempt to fit them all in a suitcase. These simple perks, however, are not the only reasons that living close to home is so easy and nice.
The fact that my hometown is Los Angeles was another big reason that made coming to Oxy so easy. The city is so rich with history and provides a great backdrop for everything that happens on campus. I spent a lot of time in and around downtown throughout my life but it is even more fun to go with friends and show them where I am from. The different trips I took with my first semester CSP the California Immigration Semester, also opened my eyes to different parts of the city that I had not experienced before. The access that Oxy provides to the city for being such a small school is incredible, and I plan on involving myself in more of the internship opportunities that the school offers.
Staying in Los Angeles for college is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The final perk of being in Los Angeles that I will mention is the wonderful weather year-round. It is the middle of October, and there are clear blue skies, and it is just the right temperature. The attractions that Oxy offers are the reasons many people choose to come to this school, but I believe I am one of the lucky few that gets to stay here.