Blogger: Claudia Dumpson
My name is Claudia and I’m a sophomore from Burlingame, California, a suburb about 20 minutes south of San Francisco. I’m a Sociology major, Spanish minor and a possible double minor in Education. I’m a new tour guide, member of Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha sorority, and a mentor for a program called WYSE.
I’m a new tour guide this year and something that prospective students and parents ask often is “Why Oxy?”. And since this is my first blog I decided that’d be a perfect way to start.
Disclaimer: This list is definitely not exhaustive because I love Oxy way way way too much to summarize it via blogging.
I guess my high school would be considered big (around 1,300), but because my town was so small, I felt like I knew a fair amount of people and I loved seeing people I knew wherever I went. That’s something I truly value about Oxy, too. I love being able to walk to the Marketplace or back to my dorm and run into a ton of people I know or at least am familiar with. On bad hair days, however, I am less grateful.
Oxy’s size might scare people at first, but the thing is, at Oxy, there’s a perfect balance between feeling like you know a lot of people while still being able to meet new ones. I’m bound to know someone in a new class, but I’m also bound to meet many more people. Oxy’s community feel is something I felt when I was a prospective student and something I still feel everyday.
College is a time for you to explore your passions, academically and otherwise, and Oxy really encourages and supports that. Not only are there tons of opportunities for us, but since I’ve been here, I’ve felt that although there is no typical Oxy student, everyone is passionate about something. Be it dance, chemistry, social justice or anything in between, Oxy students are passionate about it. Daily, you’ll see people in the Quad passing out flyers or sign-up sheets and get emails from club presidents begging you to come. It’s definitely not rare to overhear riveting conversations about what people learned in class that day. Take a minute to ask a senior about their Comps (Comprehensive Projects) and you’ll see just how passionate Oxy students are. And because Oxy is small enough, you can find people who are as passionate as you are about the same things.