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October 14, 2015

Blogger: Carol Ma

Dance Production is certainly one of the most popular student organizations here at Oxy! It is an entirely student-run production, with student choreographers, dancers, and production staff. The audition for dancers is held every year in September. Auditions are open to all students, regardless of their experience or skill level. After six months of practicing, student choreographers and dancers will present the final shows, which feature professional-level production. It is the one of the biggest events on campus every year, with more student participants from every facet of the Oxy community than any other organization.

I joined Dance Pro both my freshman and sophomore years. I keep coming back because it really helps me step out of my...

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October 13, 2015

Blogger: Katherine Kim

When you think of senior year of high school, a utopic vision of all the fun activities and senior perks seems to mask the hard work that is still left. Yes, senior year is fun, but as many of you have realized, senior year is tough. So, why are the first few months a bit rough? Two words: college applications. It is during these first few months where you’ll get to know the Common Application very well… almost too well.
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October 9, 2015

Blogger: Flynn Aldrich

So far everyone who has walked by me in the library has given me a prolonged look of judgement and pity. And to be honest I can’t really blame them. I am writing this blog to you at 4:43 a.m, I am sprawled under a table with four empty coffee cups littered around me, and six minutes ago I was literally banging my head against the floor. Yes, I look like a freshly exhumed corpse, but inside I feel totally alive. No matter how stressful my week is academically, I know that the dance community on campus will turn my mood around. Every year, dance becomes a huge part of Oxy culture and my life at Oxy.

And this year is special. I can feel it. The energy in Dance Production is electrifying, the...

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October 8, 2015

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Well, folks, a lot has happened since the last time I wrote a blog post. I cut my own hair (no one could tell), I got married (to the art of making schedules), and I turned 21 (much less exciting than you would expect). I met the cast of Criminal Minds when they filmed at Oxy. I officially moved into a house for the school year. I found a sweatshirt at Goodwill with an image of a cat playing Bingo (my best find to date). The past few months have been wildly busy for me, which is why I’m now having trouble condensing it all into one succinct post that makes sense. It’s difficult to choose one facet of my life to focus on because everything is of equal importance. Except my cat. She is the most important of all. But I’ll save that conversation...

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October 1, 2015

I started out my day thinking that by the end of my marine ecosystems (Bio 260) field trip, I would have an awesome day of fish collecting to write about.  That all changed at about 10:30am. 

As instructed, our lab group assembled at 7:50am outside the Moore lab, ready to head to Belmont shores to perform 6 beach seines.  The beach seine net, the buckets, the coolers, and all necessary instruments were loaded in the vans, and we set off to join the traffic that awaited us. 

When we got to the beach, we made the trek over to our first beach seining location.  Beach seining is a method of fishing which uses a net with a collection bag...

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September 21, 2015

Blogger: Alexis Morse

There’s a lot I could say about myself to try and give a picture of what my life is like here at Oxy. I could talk about what I’m involved in-- everything I do with Planned Parenthood, the Queer Student Alliance, Wellness Committee, Glee Club, jazz vocal lessons, and the many different jobs I’ve had on campus. I have many stories of tears, both happy and sad, even from just two semesters of being here. But I feel like there’s this thing about Oxy, that makes us truly ...

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September 10, 2015

Blogger: Abbey Hastings

Every month or so I’ll have a friend or family member who wants to visit me in LA, just to see what my life at Oxy is like. Over the summer I had old friends from high school and study abroad cycling through sleeping on my couch on a weekly basis. I love having visitors because I love Oxy and I love Eagle Rock, and nothing is more exciting for me than showing the people I care about all the fun spots to hang out and eat. Though I can’t personally give an “Eagle Rock Tour” to prospective students, I think it’s an important part of the visiting experience to check out the surrounding neighborhood, simply because it really does shape student life at Oxy. That all being said, here’s a short list of things to do for visitors who want to check out Eagle Rock after...

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August 4, 2015

Blogger: Declan Meagher

Let’s take a trip 2,660 miles away from our lovely Californian Oasis to the streets of Baltimore. Nestled in northern Baltimore’s historic Roland Park neighborhood is Friends School of Baltimore, a small, Quaker, private school where I logged fourteen years of my life. At the end of the summer in 2012 my choir director (and good friend), Michael McVey, asked me if I would come back the following year and help him direct the Summer Stock Musical that I have been involved in many times.  For the past three summers I have been returning to Baltimore to direct and choreograph musicals with high school kids alongside the music direction of Michael McVey.
This summer we put on “She Loves Me” which was a musical that came out in 1963, written by the...
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July 27, 2015

Blogger: Somer Greene

Summer at Oxy is beautiful. You can feel the campus rest. This is my first summer at Oxy, and I can’t think of a better way to usher in my senior year! The quad is quiet, except for excited campers and readers on the benches.  People picnic under blankets of shade.  Flowers bend and straighten to invitations from the wind. 
My friends and I have found so many pockets of peace on campus this summer. Although we are all busy—trying to find sanity between 40 hour/week internships, summer research, and applying for grad schools and fellowships—summers at Oxy encourage us to be aware of the time that’s been created to pursue what we love. 
This summer...
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July 21, 2015

Blogger: Claudia Chow

Hey friends!
When I started at Oxy, I had thought of going to law school, but it was not a priority. Since then, Oxy has given me numerous opportunities to learn more about law as a potential career. I joined the Occidental Law Association (OLA) my sophomore year, and it has been a great space for students who are interested in applying to law school. Joining the club allowed me to talk with upperclassmen about what classes to take (Formal Logic in the Philosophy department will help with the LSAT!) and which professors to talk to. I was the co-president of the club this past year, with my friend Amanda. 
I started an internship...
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