Location, Location, Location
Blogger: Kristen Treat
Hey Potential New Tigers! My name is Kristen Treat and I am a senior Environmental Biology major here at Oxy and first-time blogger!
Reflecting on my past 3.5 years here at Oxy, I have realized quite a few things, but especially:
- I started exploring the amazing city of Los Angeles much too late in my college career.
- Being a second semester senior makes you feel really, really old.
- Kathy, the nicest sandwich lady/ human being you’ll ever meet, makes one killer turkey pesto wrap.
Although all are valid points, I would have to say that not venturing out into the City of Angels a bit earlier in my Oxy career has been one of my biggest realizations, especially after last weekend. In just a three day span, I think I did more off-campus exploring than I did during my entire first year at Oxy.
As soon as I got out of class on Friday afternoon, I left for a roommate date with my partners in crime, Alyssa and Michelle, for a night of shopping and dinner in Glendale, just 10 minutes from campus. On Saturday after basketball practice, some of my sorority sisters and I ventured out to Sunset Boulevard to be a part of a live studio audience taping for the improv comedy show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” as a fundraiser for our organization. Who would have known you can get paid to rub elbows with the rich and famous and watch them tell hilarious jokes?! Of course, we topped the trip off with a late-night burger run at In-and-Out on the way home! On Sunday, I joined my other housemates Elise and Katie for an early morning hike just five minutes away from Oxy (we could see Oxy’s new solar panel array from the peak!). I know, I know, early Sunday morning hikes do not seem like they would be a typical college student favorite, but the sunrises over the LA city scape are fabulous! Every Sunday morning, a senior hiking group called the Pasadena Pacers (don’t let their name fool you, these senior citizens can hike one mean trail!) pick out a trail in the greater Los Angeles and invite anyone to join them, which has been, in my experience, a great way to get involved with the local community! After the hike I headed to Highland Park to tutor the coolest sixth grader around, Sarah, in math, and simultaneously caught up on my Justin Bieber gossip for the week from the middle school perspective. I then joined some of my first-year hall mates for some rekindling/ brunch in Silverlake. I made it back home just in time for my sorority’s weekly dinner and chapter meeting, Dance Pro Hula practice (super fun campus club, check it out! http://www.oxy.edu/news/
With over 100 awesome clubs and student organizations on campus that are constantly putting on events, it can sometimes be easy to get used to the on-campus life. I urge all of you, adventurers or not, to get out there and enjoy this beautiful city if you come to Oxy. There are so many hidden treasures within minutes of campus, don’t wait until you’re a second semester senior to discover them all!
Paws, orange, and all that jazz,