Things I Wish I Knew
Blogger: Claudia Dumpson
As my sophomore year comes to an end, I’ve started reflecting and reminiscing a lot on the past two years (I’m not emotionally prepared to be halfway done with college, but that’s another topic altogether). My experience at Oxy has been nothing but great, but I realized that there are some things that I wish I knew before coming to college. Despite much wise advice and an embarrassing amount of time on College Prowler, I wasn’t totally prepared.
So, here are 5 things I wish I knew.
1. Friends - The fear of not having friends in college was one of my main anxieties. Thankfully, I found a great group of friends pretty fast. But if you don’t find your friends for a couple weeks, or even for a couple months, don’t worry - you will.
2. Roommates - I checked almost religiously over the summer to see if the roommates had been posted yet. When I found out, I messaged my roommate on Facebook with sheer excitement about what color scheme we would have for our room, if she had been to Bed, Bath and Beyond yet and what her major was. She took a week to respond which is FOREVER in Facebook time. I feared the worst. Anyways, we became best friends and are roommates again this year. Thanks ResEd!
Don’t worry too much about who you get assigned to live with. I’ve found that most people at Oxy have positive roommate experiences. You might not be best friends with your roommate, and that’s okay too - just be civil and treat them with respect.
3. Office Hours - Professors have office hours for a reason; go to them! It took me a while in my first year to go to office hours because I was intimidated by how smart my professors were, but it’s really not that bad. You don’t know how helpful office hours can be until you go.
4. Classes - College classes are really interesting, and it only gets better as you figure out what you like to study. It sounds weird, but you will learn about things you didn’t even know could be learned about. And if you’re anything like me, you will call your mom after class and tell her everything you learned.
5. Getting Involved Early - I was really involved in my high school, so I knew I wanted that Oxy. However, I was too busy soaking up my first semester of freshman year to do anything until the second half of the year. Getting involved on campus has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made at Oxy and I wish I had done it earlier. Through greek life, tour guiding, mentoring with WYSE and tutoring with Neighborhood Partnership Program, I’ve made great friends and even gained valuable insight on what I want to do with my life after college.