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Student Voices

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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 -...

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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...

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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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December 2, 2016

Tanvi Varma '19

At Thanksgiving dinner, my cousin and I (both sophomores in college) were reminiscing over how much we had changed in the past year. On a day-to-day basis, I never noticed the progression of change that was happening - my increase in confidence and outgoingness. It was only when I thought about who I was last year (as a person) in comparison to this year, that I realized the significant difference.

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November 30, 2016

Neah Bois '19

Students studying in the library

Although I have been avoiding it, that time of year has come back. Between post-Thanksgiving-food coma and pre-snow-and-ski-all-day coma is the wake up call we've all been dreading: finals. Talk in the Green Bean circulates around dread and the need for coffee due to lack of sleep. In the library, students start staking out study spots that they won't leave for hours on end. And in the classrooms, Professors urge us not to worry because we've all been studying for a while...right?

Alas, finals are an inevitable part of the college experience. I remember my first semester last year, I stayed up till 3 A.M studying nightly and called home multiple times freaking out (sorry mom, and thanks for the care package). It didn't...

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November 22, 2016

Grace Sponaugle '19

Transferring is a very personal experience. Admitting to yourself that you aren’t thriving in your current location is mentally challenging. Telling your friends that you don’t share their same enthusiasm toward your school is emotionally challenging. I saw my friends wrapped up in the excitement of the school. Don’t get me wrong, their excitement of attending a large athletic university such as the University of Oregon is common thrill among most college age kids (and older generations still grasping onto their youth). The large crowd of people parading over the bridge toward the colossal Autzen stadium is stunning and the football games themselves are electrifying. Also, playing for a Division I...

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November 16, 2016

Carol Ma' 17

Growing up in an authoritarian country, this was the first time I have witnessed a democratic election.

 The election result was overwhelming and depressing to a lot of members of the Oxy community. I heard people cursing loudly outside my window after the result came out. I saw nothing but discontent and fear about the new president on Facebook till the very next day. I feel the depression on campus from the silence in class. While on the other side of the country, almost half of Americans were probably celebrating the win of Donald Trump.

 What strikes me the most is not the election result, but the realization that what I have experienced at Oxy is not America. I have asked a lot of my friends at Oxy whether they...

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November 14, 2016

Matt Hao '19

Oh, what’s that? You’re a poor college student in need of a job? Great, let me introduce you to a little thing called the Green Bean. I’m pretty sure all my fellow Oxy students have heard of the #1 rated coffee shop on campus, but for anybody who doesn’t know, the Green Bean is a completely student run organization that provides everyone with the very best beverages at Occidental College. On that note, I am going to tell you a little bit about why I love working at the Green Bean, and why you should...

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November 11, 2016

Micaela Stevens '18


Two years ago, a few female students got together and created what hadn’t existed ever before in Occidental College’s history: a group that works to protect, promote, and celebrate reproductive rights and inclusive sexual health. Planned Parenthood Club at Oxy is new, but I’m exceptionally proud to say that we have become one of the most active...

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