tl;dr Summary: I love my college experience along with the incredible people I’ve met here.
(Communal watching of Parks and Rec, the best show ever!)
Wesleyan has been treating me well. I have made so many great friends here and have done some neat things these past few months. In the dance community, for instance, I help with the Milk and Choreo student group, a group that hosts free hip-hop workshops every Saturday and also does unifying work for the dance community. I also dance for X-Tacy dance crew, one of Wesleyan’s co-ed Hip-Hop teams. Currently I’m choreographing for the upcoming combined Fusion and X-Tacy dance show known as “FX.” Teaching choreo for the show has been a great experience, and has helped me improve upon my communication and leadership skills that are put into use when creating and teaching a dance piece.
(Shameless plug: Check out the Milk & Choreo facebook page here.)
tl;dr Summary: Orientation is hectic but very fun. Lots of strangers at first but eventually a friend group forms. Some people will likely be very good friends and others will probably find different groups to join later on. I won’t know until it actually happens. Now orientation is over and I have classes tomorrow!!
(Credit: Mizael Robledo)
Okay, so I’m not going to have time to do a detailed summary of orientation, but today is the day before classes start and it’s the last time I’ll be able to make an accurate account of what it was like. Well to start, orientation was filled with going places in which you knew absolutely nobody. Just place to place with people you hardly knew and tons of introductions. It was really just a big memorization game trying to get names down in addition to the same three questions:
1) Where are you living on campus?
2) Where are you from?
3) What are you thinking of majoring in?
So this may seem all bleary and boring but this is where things to start to change. Some people that were once just another awkward introduction start to reappear over and over again for one reason or another.
tl;dr summary: Post wisdom teeth removal slump inspires me not to mentally check out while I wait for college to start. Also, I became aware of my weakness in staying in touch and have begun my reappearance onto social media (twitter @alexgarcya).
It’s been over a week since I’ve spent any meaningful time outside my house. You see it was in that same time frame that my wisdom teeth were removed. Coincidence? Yes, actually. Well for the first week I’ll shirk off responsibility by saying I was numb and fatigued. But for this currently developing week I have honestly made few efforts to meet with friends.
So with that context I announce my pushback to an idea that came from the self-defeating part of myself. It suggested that I should just settle for killing time these next few weeks. Lay low and keep quiet until I have a new life in college. I’ve always had a dislike for this “checked-out” attitude and it brought me back to the not so distant memories of Senioritus.
2012 was a very politically active time for me. I was in Advanced Placement Government with one of my favorite teachers and I felt extremely informed. Earlier that year I had helped setup a mayoral debate and even fielded questions to the candidates with renowned reporters. Other events would be less glorious such as working the local polling station for the elections, and writing papers on important civil rights cases. Going to D.C for the presidential inauguration that year couldn’t have come at a better time.
(Group photo with San Diego U.S Rep. Scott Peters)
One of my priorities this year has been to understand our lack of discussion and understanding in regards to socio-economic status. It’s a common notion that in American culture everyone is “middle class.” I think this notion is a result of a very positive popular belief in equality under the law and in social situations. Basically, we all believe any person, no matter their economic position, should be treated the same under law and social situations. Think of David Petraeus, who was having an affair and subsequently resigned. He was the head of the flipping CIA and he was held just as accountable as some immoral teacher. This belief in equality has caused a subsequent erasing of class lines and hierarchy in American society.
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