Howdy kids, I’m back with a hopefully exciting recap of this semester’s adventures!
First off, academics. Pretty much all of my classes this semester had multiple midterms, so unfortunately, midterm “week” seemed more like a midterm season with no definitive end point. Needless to say, many late nights were spent studying away at Leavey Library (including one very unfortunate all-nighter.. yes, I will include pictures of the library at 4am as evidence). Yet despite the seemingly endless tests, for the most part I really enjoyed my classes this semester. I took three very different classes for my Psychology major, so it was great to be able to see the diversity within the field. For the Thematic Option program I’m in, I took a super interesting history class called Change & the Future, covering topics such as the French Revolution and World War I. Lastly, I took piano lessons with a professor from the Thornton School of Music; though piano performance can often be very stressful, in the grand scheme of things it does provide a nice break from my academic studies, and I’m really grateful to be able to study from such a prestigious pianist.
Now for more fun news. At the Hillel on campus here, I work as a Campus Engagement Intern, engaging and making friends with other Jews on campus. It’s a really fun job, and I’ve helped plan many awesome events this semester! As a group, my fellow engagement interns and I planned a “Throwback Thursday 90′s Prom” party. It was super fun; everyone dressed up in 90′s attire, and there was a photo booth and of course classic 90′s music (gotta love the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys).
I also had the opportunity to go to several concerts in the LA area this semester. At the Hollywood Palladium I saw a concert which included Walk the Moon & The Mowgli’s, which was really fun. I also saw a group called The 1975 at the Fonda Theater; they’re a group originally from Manchester, England whose music is a combination of rock & pop. Both concerts were great and really allowed me to experience LA from outside the “USC campus bubble”.
Well, it’s been a fun, busy, and stressful semester, and it’s hard to believe that sophomore year is already halfway done. I can’t wait for what awaits next semester, and I will be sure to keep you guys updated!