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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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November 8, 2016

 Elise Sugarman '17


            With the election happening this week and it dominating the news cycle, it is an exciting time to be a Politics major. For those sophomores currently trying to figure out your major and registering for classes for next semester, let me give you a pro tip from a senior: Politics is the best major at Oxy. And to prospective students who literally have no idea what they want to major in, I’d highly recommend taking Politics 101 (and then declaring a Politics major).

            Let me back up a little: the Politics major at Oxy covers a wide range of subjects from local to national to international...

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November 3, 2016

Tanvi Varma '19

It is hard to believe that I am almost halfway through my sophomore year. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was tearfully saying goodbye to my friends and family. As I embarked on this new and somewhat scary chapter in my life, one of my biggest fears was that I would not have many friends. While I enjoy people and want to get to know them, I am a very shy person by nature. It is difficult for me to go out of my comfort zone to do so. Instead, I gravitate towards staying quiet and keeping to myself. That being...

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November 1, 2016

Neah Bois '19

Confession: I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I don’t know what I want to do after graduation, I don’t know where I want to live or what kind of job I want to have. Sometimes, I think I know, and then I get distracted by something new and completely change my idea.

Confession: Coming into college, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had it all planned out: where I would live, what I would do, when I would do it. I was the annoying friend who let everyone know that I was going to be a politics major who then did the peace corps and then worked in D.C and this and that and you get the point.

Then I came to Oxy and my world changed. It all started in my CSP class, my first class of my first semester of college. The...

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October 27, 2016

Carol Ma '17

One of the things I have to mention every time I talk to people about my school is the food here. Food at Oxy is ranked no. 8 in the nation among all colleges in the U.S., and second for vegan and vegetarian opyions. The Marketplace is the biggest dining facility at Oxy, and one of my favorite places on campus.

One of my favorite things about the Marketplace is that there are different choices every day. There is the Salad bar, Sandwich station, Homestyle station, Saute station, Chef’s corner, and Grill station. The Salad bar serves three kinds of freshly cut fruits, three salad greens, and almost twenty different other vegetables and dressings every day. I was curious about how many different combinations of salad there could be, so I...

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October 24, 2016

Katherine Kim '19

Just like that, it is already that time of semester again! This being my first blog of the year, it is surreal to think that the second half of the fall semester is already well underway. As a sophomore, this means thinking about what major I want to declare and narrowing down the scope of classes that I need to sign up for. Reminders have begun to flood into our emails from the Advising Center that advising week is the first week of November and that registration for Spring 2017 classes is the week of November 7...

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