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February 22, 2017

Jayne Wixtead '19 and Zach Solomon '19

This past week, the Occidental diplomacy and world affairs department held their annual UN Week that strives to raise awareness on an issue facing the global community. This year, the DWA department chose to focus on the refugee crisis that is currently affecting over 65 million people today. Speakers, art displays and panels were held around campus to educate students and community members about the struggles faced by refugees and displaced peoples....

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February 16, 2017

Stephanie Angulo '19

Halfway into finals week of last semester, the time of the semester where most Oxy students live in the library and lose motivation, I was lucky enough to get a little beacon of hope to keep going. I received an email that my interview from earlier that week had gone well and I was offered a position as a student independent research intern (SIRI) at the Jet Propulsion Lab! I certainly wasn’t as enthusiastic as I would have been due to the usual sleep deprivation and mental exhaustion that comes with finals, but nevertheless, I was super hyped to start the spring semester.


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February 10, 2017

Joscelyn Guzman '18

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (the first day of Black History Month), Rev. Dr. William Barber II came to Occidental's campus to share a message titled "Revival, Resiliency, and Redemption After Rejection," and I had the privilege of introducing him. The professors planning the event reached out to me and said that as a Religious Studies major and as a student who participated in Campaign Semester (an awesome...

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February 6, 2017

Laura Chun '19

As an active member of Occidental’s Swim Cult… I mean team, I have been looking forward to SCIAC Championships all season long. Because our season started in September and SCIACS are in February, many swimmers--myself included-- have struggled with a mix of emotions throughout the season. The road to SCIACs has been filled with moments of distress and possible thoughts of quitting, yet also moments of happiness and clarity. Finally, we have less than 10 days till our championship meet. We couldn’t be more...

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February 3, 2017

Tanvi Varma '19

As the clock showed 1:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning (two days into my second semester of sophomore year), I could not help but feel a wave of anxiety. I started panicking as I contemplated my class selections and their respective levels of difficulty. I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and give up. If I was already staying up past midnight in the first week of classes, how was I going to retain sanity for the remainder of the semester? Yet, somehow at that odd hour of the night, I convinced myself to close my eyes and breathe - to take a moment and calm down. Each semester would become increasingly difficult, but it was doable.


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January 30, 2017

Will Nahmens '17

Occidental College Baseball Field at sunset

Every year, winter break serves as an excellent reminder of why I love being at Oxy. Though it is nice to see family and friends while celebrating the holidays, it can be quite the shock. You go from being around your friends 24/7 and always being busy, to a much slower pace of life in comparison to campus. Nonetheless, the change is good for the first couple weeks, but by the end, myself and many of my friends agree that we want to get back to campus as quickly as possible.

Being a baseball player, I spend a sizeable chunk of each day working out and playing catch. As the years have gone by, fewer and fewer of my friends from home still play baseball, so it becomes increasingly difficult to find people to work out with....

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January 25, 2017

Elizabeth Andrews '20

Welcome back Oxy!


As my first semester came to a close and the second semester blindsided me, I have continued to learn valuable lessons I am here to share with you - miscellaneous...

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January 23, 2017

Sydney Vermilyea '20

Well, here we are! It’s a bit surreal to think that I am already in my second semester at Occidental. I still feel a bit like a timid first year and sometimes have to ask my upperclassmen friends for directions around campus, but we’re working on it. The fall semester flew by; making new friends, being immersed in intense and demanding classes, being independent, learning how to budget time, pulling all nighters for the essay I really should have written days ago, and being away from home were all adjustments that made my first semester special, yet challenging. Becoming a student at Occidental has already truly made me grow as a person and student, and made me super excitement for the next four years.

Joining HyperXpressions, one of the...

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December 10, 2016

Hannah Corman '19

Hey all! My name is Hannah Corman, and I am a sophomore from Long Beach, California. Here at Occidental, I am an economics major and a politics minor. Since I started my time here as a student at Occidental, I have been a part of the Student Advisory Wellness Committee, which we refer to as SWAC!



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December 6, 2016

Jazzy Lee '18

Newcomb Media Suite

I am an involved student at Occidental College. When I am not juggling five classes, the classics society, the Critical Thinking Social Justice journal, greek life, and my intramural soccer league, I am working at Oxy Design Service, the graphic design service at Occidental. Known around campus as ODS, we provide designs, logos, and posters to clubs, organizations, and administrators.

We have a staff of about nine designers, a business and social media manager, and a manager of all the operations. ODS is one of the more independent job options at Oxy, allowing creative people to pursue art and build up their graphic design portfolios. ODS serves a valuable function of advertizing the various activities of the school - so we always know...

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