Winter Break Reflections
Blogger: Maddy Farkas
I was brainstorming what to write in this post but I could not think of anything, so I distracted myself using internship research. That deemed itself highly unsuccessful. Now I have returned to writing, still with nothing to say, but with a bit more knowledge about a company named “Grungy Gentleman.” (Hint: I do not want to work there.)
Having five weeks of winter break always sounds like a fun idea when you’re in the middle of finals week and losing track of assignments, meals, sleep, and your own self-awareness. Then you get home and instantly remember why you went to college in the first place. I forgot what it was like to have to force friends to hang out with you, to make your own lunch (or take the easy route and sleep until 3), to not have busy work. So I gave myself busy work and started researching summer internships. Thankfully Oxy has a lot of resources for doing so, and the Career Development Center will be at my fingertips once I’m back to campus. Not-so-thankfully, the number of internships related to screenwriting are kinda sorta super limited. I’m lowering my standards. But I still have complete faith in Oxy to get me to a workplace where I am happy.
A couple weeks ago, my parents got me my first car! Naturally, I have made very little use of it and spent about 95% of my time sitting in bed watching Netflix. (Also series 3 of Sherlock. If this show has caused you emotional damage and you know it clap your hands!) There aren’t exactly “things to do” or “places to go” in my town, but I am anxiously awaiting my return to campus, where Hollywood and Downtown L.A. are back to being less than 10 miles away. (And no, I will not be your chauffeur unless it is a medical emergency or if In-N-Out is involved). I’m hoping that having a car on campus will push my motivation to above 0% to go out and make better use of my resources (aka more concerts and more comedy and more going broke to ring in the new year)!
Here’s my obligatory “I miss campus” paragraph. Except it’s not obligatory because I truly mean it. This break more than the others. I would like to blame the fact that most of my friends attend a UC, where classes started back up on January 6, leaving me with two weeks in a town filled with old retired couples and one shopping mall populated by middle schoolers running around in their Uggs and pajamas (true story). But I know in my heart that I really do miss all of my friends on campus, as much as I thought I needed a break from them (apologies to everyone reading this…I swear I’m not talking about you...), and I can hardly stand waiting two more weeks to go back.
A belated congratulations to all admitted Early Decision I applicants! I was in your place two years ago, and it’s really hard to believe that much time has passed. But it was incredibly exciting and satisfying and I hope you have been taking advantage of bragging to your friends that you’re done with the application process. And of course, good luck to all of the Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants! I know the application process can be tough and stressful and agonizing, but you still have absolutely NO idea how rewarding your efforts will truly be.
Enough of the sappy, sentimental stuff. I have seven more episodes of Twin Peaks left and Agent Dale Cooper is calling my name (or at least I wish…sometimes I pretend my name is Diane). Have a great rest of winter break!