New Life in Summertime
Blogger: Connie Oh
Summer means something different for everybody. For some, it’s a time of relaxation and rest. For others, it’s a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Even F. Scott Fitzgerald had something to say about the season, as he once wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” I have to agree with Fitzgerald’s beautifully worded statement: for me, summer is a time of new life – of new energy.
So, here are the few ways I am finding new life this summer. First of all, I am going to be an education intern at the Laguna Art Museum starting in July. During my freshman year at Oxy, I developed a strong interest in education as I took part in great student organizations, such as the Asian American Tutorial Project, that promote education. I’m really excited that I am able to continue this interest that I’ve developed at Oxy over the course of this summer. As an education intern, I will be facilitating the museum’s educational programs such as the summer art camps. It’s an extremely exciting opportunity, especially since the Laguna Art Museum is an excellent institution filled with beautiful artworks with rich history (and it’s located near Laguna Beach, so the amazing view from the museum is definitely a plus). I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity ever since spring semester, if that tells you anything about how excited I am about this work. I’ll definitely update everybody on how interning at a museum is if I get the chance.
However, I don’t start the internship until July, so I’ve quite a bit of spare time for a while. I am definitely guilty of watching one too many episodes of Scandal (just finished season 3), but I have also been catching up on some summer reading. I’ve already finished Ian McEwan’s Atonement and reread a personal favorite of mine, Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Now I’m reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lesser-known but still magnificent novel, Tender is the Night. Once I finish Fitzgerald, I’m planning to read Daniel Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (trying to fit in a summer themed story into my reading list). Hopefully, I’ll have some time to fit in a Haruki Murakami novel; I took a course on Japanese and Korean literature last semester at Oxy and I’ve been really interested in reading more works by Asian authors. On top of all this, I have been spending a great deal of my time with friends and family. It’s really great to be back at home. I think it’s really important that I catch up with friends and family during the summer.
Summer has been great thus far, but I’m also pretty excited to get back to Oxy in the fall already. I’ll be living in Norris Hall next semester with a couple of my close friends. In Norris Hall, students with a common interest are able to live together in a themed quad area. It’s going to be great living with friends in an environment where we can pursue further discussion and education in a common field. I’m also a student leader for the Asian American Tutorial Project next semester. I’ve already got a lot on my plate, but I’m so excited about all the great new opportunities next semester at Oxy! Hope all of you are enjoying the summer and excited about the upcoming semester as much as I am.