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February 19, 2015

Blogger: Denzel Tongue

Hello internet! This is my first time taking a shot at this whole blogging thing, but I’ll do my best. My name is Denzel Tongue and I am a sophomore sociology major and public health minor. I’m also the historian for Oxy’s Black Student Alliance, and a Diversity Initiative Intern in the Office of Admission. I also dabble in a bit of lax (lacrosse for the lay person). This current semester is the most involved I’ve ever been at Oxy, and I love every bit of it.

College is one of the few opportunities a person has to live with all of their friends for an extended period of time. One of the main reasons I decided to come to Oxy was the...

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February 17, 2015

Blogger: Annie Yang

Hello everyone!

This is my first time blogging! My name is Annie Yang and I am a senior economics major and psychology minor. I am an international student from Taipei, Taiwan, and I work at the Office of Admission as the International Admission Intern. Besides my work, I am also the co-president of Pulse and Dance Production at Occidental College which are both dance related clubs. As you probably know now, I am pretty into dancing.

I first came to Southern California when I was in high school. Now I realize that I was pretty brave to make the decision to fly over by myself and study in a different country with a different language. Fortunately, the boarding...

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February 15, 2015

Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod

My name is Malcolm MacLeod, I'm a second semester junior here at Oxy.
The spring semester always flies by. It seems like it just started, but spring break is just around the corner and I've got a lot to get done before then. This semester my academic schedule is very focused, meaning that all of my classes are related to one another, and that's something I haven't really had before. As a Media Arts and Culture Major, I've studied many different facets of media, but this semester I'm particularly interested in film. It's been fun learning how much thought and direction goes into even the simplest shots, and fascinating to experiment with how I...
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February 13, 2015

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend, and fair warning: I’m a big holiday person. Any day that involves special foods (particularly candy) a reason to dress up or silly traditions is highlighted in my calendar.

Luckily I attend a school that fully embraces holidays. For upcoming Valentine’s Day there will candy grams and glitter hearts strung across the dining hall, and a special spread in the student paper. But holiday cheer isn’t only for Valentine’s Day, each holiday on campus has its own traditions.

My personal favorite holiday is Halloween. Halloween combines two of my absolute favorite things: candy and dressing up. Planning my...

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February 11, 2015

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

One of the best parts about going to school in Los Angeles is the access that you have to many different opportunities. One of these great experiences I have had is taking classes with current Los Angeles Unified School District school board member Steve Zimmer. While also serving full time on the school board, Professor Zimmer works as an adjunct professor for one class a semester. In the fall, the class is about the current education policy debates that are going on in the school district. I am currently in his spring class where we work on specific policy issues that are going to be brought in front of the school board in the next few months.

An added benefit beyond simply working with Professor Zimmer is his ability to bring...

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February 9, 2015

Blogger: Nicholas Yeh

After 5 long weeks of break, I was happy to be back in school. I had some pretty cool classes, some pretty awesome professors, and a really great schedule.  Yet, despite all that, I left on the Friday of the first week of school to the Netherlands.  Yup, I basically skipped the entire second week of school to be in the Netherlands.

Mind you, it wasn’t just for fun, or for a longer holiday, I mean 5 weeks is a pretty long break as is.  I was in The Hague, Netherlands for a week because I am the director of an Online Model UN Organization, and was the team director of our third travel team to THIMUN (The Hague International MUN) conference.  I was there last year as a team...

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February 5, 2015

Blogger: Emily Johnson

If you have ever been on one of my tours or in one of my information sessions, you likely heard me gush about professors, babble on about the beauty of office hours, and boast about the amazing required reading in college. Surprisingly, I don’t think this is so uncommon at Oxy.

Just reading that over, I understand how nerdy it sounds. But, over my four years at Oxy, I have become proud of my nerdiness. And with graduation just a few months away, I find myself reflecting on how my nerdiness has prepared me for the world that awaits. My nerdiness and appreciation for learning taught me how to be the author of my educational experience.

I now realize that I wrote my own educational story when I chose...

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January 27, 2015

Blogger: Daphne Auza

After a stressful finals week, I started winter break fantasizing about a spring semester where I could give myself a REAL break. I would take a part-time course load and throughout the rest of the week, I’d spend quality time with friends and maybe even incorporate napping into my daily routine. After all, I’m a senior in my final semester. I should be taking it easy, right?

I’ve been back at Oxy for a little over a week, and practically none of that has happened.

Aside from continuing my position in the Office of Admission as a communications intern, I’ve started interning at Red Hen Press, a non-profit publishing press in Pasadena. Oxy’s spoken word poetry team, which I qualified for last...

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January 12, 2015

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

A few days ago I was giving a tour and someone asked me what I would do differently if I could repeat my time at Occidental. I’ve loved my time at Oxy, so my initial reaction was that I wouldn’t change a thing. However, upon reflection I realized I wish I had taken greater advantage of all of the opportunities available. Below are just a couple of Oxy’s most amazing resources and opportunities that I wish I had discovered earlier and a few more that I plan try out in the coming semester.

As a senior it’s embarrassing how many programs and resources I didn’t take advantage of earlier in my time at Oxy. During the past semester I checked out a bike from the Bike Share program for the very...

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January 6, 2015

Blogger: Nina Greenebaum

As winter break comes to a close, Occidental students are beginning to think about what the next semester will hold. However, before returning to Los Angeles to begin my final semester at Occidental, I wanted to share some insight on this past semester at Occidental, and finals week in particular. 
This past finals week, the library was filled to capacity at all hours of the day with students shuffling through flash cards, preparing for an exam, rapidly debating in study groups or buried into their laptops, constructing essays. As a senior, this was by no means my first finals week at Oxy; I like to think that I know the drill, but each finals week presents a new set of challenges and assignments. At the start of each finals week, there is a sense of impossibility considering the essays, exams and presentations ahead; however, despite the stress during finals, there is also an amazing sense of...
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