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November 7, 2015

Blogger: Matt Hao

Ahh Fall. The smell of Pumpkin-Spice Lattes fill the air, scattered leaves of red, yellow, and orange cover the ground, students breaking out those North Face sweaters and Ugg boots. Wait hold up, something’s not right – oh right we’re in LA! Sorry, I got confused with my fantasies of those magical fall days. Let’s take a look at what fall is really like here at Oxy, and what makes it just as magical.

First of all, the weather during the fall months has been sunny skies and 80° to 90° weather – give or take a few rainy hours. Now, I originate from Northern California (go Giants) so this weather is not that unusual to me. However, I saw many Snapchat stories of rainy days around Oxy that were captioned with something like “Finally...

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November 5, 2015

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

One of the reasons I fell in love with Oxy was because of its emphasis on “community-based learning.” My tour guide constantly repeated this phrase, crediting it for her amazing academic experience at Oxy. I, too, frequently talk about it when giving my own tours as a tour guide.

But what exactly is community-based learning? I define it as extending my education beyond the classroom and experiencing what I am learning in the surrounding community. Because of Oxy’s Los Angeles location, I have had many opportunities to apply my education beyond the classroom by visiting jazz clubs for my Jazz History class, seeing a play for my CSP, and my personal favorite, going to Dana Point to look at geological structures (shout out to the Geo Gang pictured below!).


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November 4, 2015

Blogger: Jessie Baek

The Critical Making Studio (CMS) is a learning environment where students can engage with a range of digital production tools to stimulate their scholarly interests. The aim of the CMS is to help integrate digital technologies into scholarly practices, while simultaneously supporting students’ interests in the technologies. Located at the bottom floor of the Academic Commons, the CMS offers a multitude of creative tools, including video-audio equipment, software programs, and even a 3-D printer! All you need is a current Oxy ID card to check out any of the equipment that we have available for the Oxy community. If photography and audio production interests you, some of the equipments we offer include DSLR camera kits, GoPro...

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November 2, 2015

Blogger: Emily Henderson

It’s October and for Oxy students that doesn’t just mean pumpkin spice lattes (although the campus coffee shop, the Green Bean has definitely got you covered there). At Oxy, October means fall break, homecoming/parent’s weekend, and Fall Fest. October also means midterms but who wants to talk about that, right?

I’ve had a lot of fun adventures this month, both with my friends and family from back home who came to visit and with friends I’ve made during my time here at Oxy. This year for fall break an old friend of mine came to visit for the weekend, which was a blast. We spent a day at Santa Monica swimming in the sea and soaking up some vitamin D (because when the beach is less than an hour away, who can resist?).


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October 29, 2015

Blogger: Miranda Roethler

My alarm blasts on at 4:30 am and immediately I know this is going to be a great day. Eyes half-shut, I cram some overnight essentials into my backpack, sling my heavy mesh sack of dive gear onto my back, and trudge out into the pre-dawn with a few of my hallmates. It’s spring break here at James Cook University, in Queensland, Australia, but unlike other exchange students who are going to Bali or New Zealand for the week, we are headed on a field trip.

We pick our way across campus in the dark, ducking to avoid enormous fruit bats still in the middle of their nocturnal hunting. We will take a bus and then a boat away from the mainland, across a channel, past the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere, to Orpheus Island.

Orpheus Island...

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October 28, 2015

Blogger: Natalie De Benedetti

As a first year on campus, my favorite way to get involved at Oxy is through the abundance of clubs students organize and lead. I am a member of Microfinance club, Delevan Drive club, and Dance Production. Each club I am a part of has a very different goal: financially supporting small entrepreneurs in developing countries, helping disabled children do arts and crafts projects, or performing in a spirited dance showcase during the spring semester, respectively.

Last week was my first visit to Delevan Drive Elementary School with the Delevan Drive club. The students in the two first grade classes are disabled to different extents. Some have learning disabilities, and others are in wheelchairs. Each classroom had at least 3 teachers to help the students with...

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October 27, 2015

Blogger: Katherine Kim

College is the start of something new in several ways. There is a chance you may know a few people, or you may not. Since so many students come from different backgrounds it can be intimidating or slightly worrying not knowing whom your new friends will be. After all, most of your current friends you’ve known for years and years but now you have to start all over.  It’s a new environment, filled with new people, new academic focuses, and new experiences that can easily make you feel lost wherever you go for the first few days.

For me, the transition into college was a bit nerve-wracking because I didn’t really know what to expect. What really helped me was being involved with athletics....

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October 26, 2015

Blogger: Tess Arrighi

There are a lot of stereotypes about college that involve food. Some, like the students who drink upwards of six cups of coffee a day or the 2 a.m. bowls of cereal, are completely true. But here at Oxy if you’re vegan (like me!), vegetarian, or have other dietary restrictions, you don’t need to worry about finding alternatives to the pizza-and-burgers myth of college dining. 
Between Meatless Mondays in the Marketplace where you can get delicious Indian food, the ...
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October 20, 2015

Blogger: Reed Foster

Hey everyone! Coming at you live from a study room in the library at 2:09 in the AM on a Wednesday morning. I’m feeling that burst of energy right after you receive an email about your 8:30 a.m. Psychology class being canceled, and what better way to celebrate than to stay up writing a blog post! In the spirit of canceling class and winding down from a relaxing fall break, I want to focus my endless stream of consciousness on some of the fun things that myself and other students get to do during our break from school work. Hope you all enjoy!

This was the second fall break in a row I decided to take some time off from being on Campus and return to the rainy homeland of Salem, Oregon. I spent some down time with family and...

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October 17, 2015

Blogger: Allen Chen

As an eager freshman, my philosophy is to try everything! With that said, here’s a recount of one of the busiest days I’ve had at Oxy thus far.

9/22 Tuesday

6:30-9:30 A.M.: My packed day started bright and early with my very first volunteering event with A-Team (Admissions Team) where Oxy students volunteer to help out with various events hosted by Admissions, such as the College Board Workshop, Explore Oxy (I went to this!), and Admitted Student Day. A month in and somehow I’m already the overly excited Oxy greeter in the...

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