The view from the top of the Science & Learning Center is breathtaking on spring evenings, making it the perfect location for a hang-out, celebration, or even a mixer. Last Thursday, April 25, Whittier College’s own Transgender, Other-Identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity (TOBGLAD) put together a mixer to initiate their proposed project: an LGBTQIA+ Center here in Whittier, an idea that came from Whittier Alumni, including Megan Hobza.
As a fourth-year, I am so excited to finally have less than a month until graduation. It is a bittersweet time for fourth-years in Societies because we are not just graduating, we are leaving people we consider family and moving into alumni-hood. I spoke with a number of non-senior Society members, and here is what they had to say to and about their graduating members:
One of the most well-known traditions associated with Societies is the concept of “Bigs and Littles.” As a non-Society member, it’s easy to assume that these titles are just placed on two people and the two people then assume the respective roles, but this is simply not true. The Big -Little dynamic is a relationship that allows one to grow in their leadership skills, teaches the importance of empathy and mutual respect, and builds a bond that lasts forever.
For many, the start of Spring semester signifies resuming responsibilities and returning to routine. Students rarely break out of “comfort-zones” well-established before February. These can consist of things like friend groups, study habits, clubs, organizations, etc. It often feels like anything you’ve missed out on first semester will just have to wait until next Fall. “Senioritis” kicks in regardless of what year you’re in, and all you want is to get through the next four months as quickly and smoothly as possible. It becomes easy to feel like you have already decided exactly what this semester would be like months ago, but if you’re looking for new opportunities or a fresh start, it is much easier to find one than you might believe.