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May 6, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

 

It’s that time of the semester when procrastinating for two hours in your dorm will still save you more time than trying to find a spot in the library. You eat Powerberries from Trader Joes thinking they will actually provide you with the power to write an essay, when really you’re just starving at 3 AM and have nowhere left to turn. It is 90 degrees outside and you’re convinced the sweat that just dripped from your thigh contained all that was left of your motivation. Time is irrelevant. One episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog turns into six. Two hours in the library turns into ten. It’s Finals Week.

            Seven hours ago I took a study break. It is now 3:11 AM and I...

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May 3, 2013

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

 

Something that Oxy graduates tell me over and over is that Oxy provides a great, comprehensive education. And it’s true! I’ve really enjoyed the education I’ve had here so far. I have really enjoyed the psychology classes I’ve taken, but I’ve taken a lot of classes outside my major that I’ve liked too. This week I want to highlight some of the best classes I’ve taken here at Oxy, in no particular order.

16th Century Italian Renaissance with Professor Eric Frank (ARTH378)

This class was the class that made me realize how much I love art history. Professor Frank is a great lecturer – he is funny, has an incredible vocabulary, and really knows what he’s talking about. The Italian Renaissance is his specialty! I...

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May 1, 2013

Blogger: Katherine Carey

 

..are running out.  It’s crazy that this was the last full week of classes in my undergraduate career.  Since the last time I wrote in late February, much has happened.  I survived my International Econ midterm, traveled within California for spring break, helped Delta’s newest batch of pledges become actives, and, perhaps most importantly, turned in my comps!  There’s a picture of it so you can see A) what it looked like, and B) how excited/delirious I was when I turned it in.  A great moment.  Unfortunately, I still have presentations, papers, and finals before I can truly put the academic stuff behind me.  I’m still trying to dig deep to find the motivation to do well on my assignments and in my classes, even though it seems like many of my senior...

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April 29, 2013

Blogger: David Sacci

Last week was a sad week: it marked the last full week of classes during my undergraduate career. At Oxy, many classes culminate with projects or presentations towards the end of the term, and my classes this semester are no exception.

 
From January through April Professor Laura Hebert has guided our class on International Organizations (DWA 201) through the intricacies of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. We've studied issues facing the global community such as economic development, water security and nuclear proliferation. To cap off the semester, our class has spent the last two weeks...
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April 24, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch

 

Hello everyone! My name is Becca Patch and I’m a junior Cognitive Science/Theater double major here at Oxy. Last Friday, Oxy’s campus was flooded with students…. Wearing black and white clothes and large wigs. Not Admitted Student’s Day—the opening night of Hairspray!

Oxy’s Theater department puts on a large musical every two years. When I was a first-year, we did The Seven, a hip-hop musical about the sons of Oedipus and we hired Will Power, the writer-director, from NYC. That was a very neat experience, but no one ever really thinks “Oh, I think my life is missing some Oedipus hip-hop. Better get that in on Friday night.”

This year, Oxy went a...

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April 21, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

 

OPEN SCENE.

Setting: 9:32 pm, Wednesday night. Dorm room.

Soraya: “Should we go get food at the Cooler?”

Marissa: “Yes!”

Jessie, while looking through old photos: “Can we go to IHOP? We were so happy there!”

And so the four of us, despite having early morning classes that Thursday, made the excursion to the House of Pancakes. When my mom gave me $50 and told me to spend it wisely, this is what she was referring to, right?

If you’re wondering how I’m going to relate that back to anything, I’m going to let you down easy because I don’t have anything planned. Just thought it was a fun little story about getting off campus. Now to the stuff actually worth talking about.

I have an absolutely terrible memory. I...

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April 18, 2013

Blogger: Jill Marucut

This past month has been more than hectic. In addition to coping with the stress from a couple papers and exams, a lot of us have been worried about securing a summer internship. But with the help of Oxy’s Career Development Center (CDC), many of us have been able to find a few potential opportunities. Of course, there’s always that one hurdle that’s incredibly anxiety inducing: the interview for the position.

To prepare for interviews with potential employers, I’ve been fortunate enough to attend Oxy’s Speed Networking Event with alumni, participate in two mock interviews, and attend a few other informal networking events. Using the lessons I’ve acquired from past workshops, I’ve been able to modify my interview style and incorporate some lessons with fluidity....

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April 17, 2013

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

 

(First, let me say congratulations for being accepted into Occidental College!)

Now, it’s true, as a senior I am now getting really nervous that there is less than 6 weeks ‘til graduation. I am definitely not ready to enter the real world! As a rising senior, you have to start looking into the future and the possible careers that lie ahead. I, like some of my friends, decided not to think about that until, umm, maybe two months ago. As a senior in your second/last semester at Oxy, you are constantly asked, “So what are you doing after graduation?” Sleeping. Haha, an ideal plan, right? Not so much. So two months ago, I decided to stop saying “sleeping” or alternate forms of the answer (my answers were usually “I don’t know,” or “working”) and...

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April 13, 2013

Blogger: Laurel Cox

 

Hellooo everyone!! It’s been a while!

You’ll never guess where I’m sitting as I write this right now—Japan! For serious! I’ve finally begun my study abroad program, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it (note the excessive use of exclamation points)!!! I’ve wanted to go to Japan for more or less most of my life, so this is kind of a dream come true for me. I’ve only been here a couple of days so far, but they’ve been awesome, let me tell you. My program is in Kawagoe, which is just outside Tokyo, but I arrived here a couple days early with a friend to explore the city a bit beforehand. We stayed in Asakusa, otherwise known as the historic/nostalgic district. Unlike a lot of the buildings in Tokyo, most of the original buildings are still standing...

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April 11, 2013

Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod

 

Hey there guys, my name is Malcolm MacLeod, but I go by Mack. I'll be a sophomore next year and I've yet to declare my major. Liberal arts was definitely the route for me because I really like to get involved with as many different things as I can. In terms of a major, I'm leaning towards either Media Studies or Studio Art, and I'll minor in whichever one I don't choose for my major. However, I'm also very interested in journalism and just started writing for the Occidental weekly, which has been a great experience so far. It's been a lot of fun being able to write on subjects outside of academia that are of personal interest. My favorite class this semester was Principles of Narrative Journalism. The class is taught by Bob Sipchen, a Pulitzer Prize winner and current Editor In Chief of Sierra Magazine. I was able to...

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